The war was expensive. Feeding and clothing millions of servicemen, a massive increase in the production of weapons and ammunition for them, and the constantly growing infrastructure being built to support the trench warfare, was costing the Government huge sums of money. Despite all the local activity knitting socks, making shirts, collecting eggs and making jam, what the Government needed above all was money, so a new National Savings Scheme was started and War Savings Associations were formed in parishes across the land.A meeting of residents was held. . . to discuss plans for the formation of a War Savings Association. It was decided that such an association be started, entitled “The Itchingfield and District War Savings Association” . . . Monday Aug 14thwas fixed as the first day for making contributions, from 6.30 to 7p.m., at the Village Hall Barns Green, and each Monday from that date. . ITCHINGFIELD PARISH MAGAZINE ITCHINGFIELD AND DISTRICT WAR SAVINGS ASSOCIATION - It was resolved no amounts less than sixpence should be received. . . .Subscriptions to commence Monday 11th Sept . . .and on every subsequent Monday at Village Hall Barns Green . . . .6.30 - 7 p.m. . ITCHINGFIELD PARISH MAGAZINE And it was not just civilians at home who were encouraged to save, but servicemen themselves. Eneas Miles of Valewood had enlisted in August 1915, despite being 47 years old and well over the maximum age limit for military service and like many men, Eneas chose to invest some of his army pay into War Savings, and his surviving service record includes his Savings Certificate. Images below – Eneas Miles’ War Savings Certificate from his service records (image courtesy of TNA) and a War Savings Association Membership Card – the swastika symbol used on the card was (and still is) a symbol of good luck, it was only during WW2 that it became associated with facism.