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School Chapel Service
Back to the Land .
The Postal Bu,
O.E. Roll of Service
THE second winter of the war has so far brought less disturbance to our scholastic routine than did the first. This time last year we were gathered around the firesides of our "Home Service" billets, hoping that our instructors would not put in too punctual an appearance. Now, after a short experimental period of " eleven o'clock mornings," to give us time to adjust our sleeping habits to nocturnal alarms, business is more or less as usual, except that school begins at 9.50 a.m. By a slight whittling down of " break " and dinner-hour the total time of attendance is restored almost to normal. The fact that 9 a.m. still finds a considerable number of boys beginning to assemble on the asphalt, while others are already inside, engaged in play rehearsals or other instructive occupations, suggests that the need for extra sleep is not perhaps as great as some think.
Summer Holidays, such as they were, seem a long time ago. In conformity with the general order of the Board of Education, we were only absent from School for three weeks. A ten days' "Vacation Term" was held in the middle of August, and was given over to a miscellaneous programme of lighter activities and hobbies, with a little " ordinary work " thrown in as ballast. It worked very well and gave some of us visions of what a delightful place School might be, if it wasn't for the work !
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Some of us, however, secured a long open-air holiday, with a different kind of work attached to it, in the two Farming Camps which were held at Bakewell and Grindleford. About a dozen boys at each of these, with relays of Masters in charge, proved their usefulness and practically earned their keep, in the various jobs that were found for them to do. Employers spoke highly of the value of the work done for them and the camping arrangements, under the direction of experienced Scouts and Scoutmasters, ensured that all had an enjoyable and healthy time.
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Many changes in the Staff have taken place during this Term as a result of military requirements. Messrs. Tappe, Cumming, Waterhouse, Ward and Helliwell have been called up for service. Their names and units are included in the additions to the Roll of Service printed in this issue. We note with pleasure also that three of the above, Mr. Ward, Mr. Waterhouse and Mr. Helliwell, have recently been married, and we offer them our congratulations and best wishes for a speedy return to home life.
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It was difficult to imagine Clarke House without Mr. Saville, but we are glad to know that he is comfortably settled not far from us and we have had at least one surprise visit from him on the games field. In his place we welcome Mr. A. C. Baker, M.A., who, though he comes from the South, has been quick to show his forbearance and keen understanding of our Northern ways, and has already won a prominent place in the hearts of Staff and boys alike. To him and Mrs. Baker we extend a hearty welcome and we wish them every success in their new boarding house.
A deputation of Old Edwardians, headed by Messrs. G. A. Bolsover and J. T. Burdekin, visited Mr. Saville on 6th December for the purpose of presenting him with a silver salver inscribed as follows : " Presented to F. T. Saville by the Old Edwardians' Association with gratitude and best wishes for a happy retirement." Mr. Saville asks us to convey here his deep appreciation of this tribute (which he describes as wholly unexpected and unnecessary) and to ask his O.E. friends to accept this brief message of thanks, which he would have liked, had there been time, to express in more formal shape.
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In the Senior School we welcome, collectively but no less cordially, Messrs. J. H. Corner, M.A., of King's College, Cambridge ; A. P. Graham, M.A., of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge ; C. Howard, B.A., of London University ; D. L. Nash, A.R.C.A. London ; T. H. Pearson ; R. R. Sandford, M.A., of Downing College, Cambridge, and Mr. E. Laughton, M.A., an Old Edwardian and Lecturer in Classics at Sheffield University, who, in the absence of University students, is for the time being filling Mr. Tappe's place.
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The School will be sorry to hear that Mr. Savage has decided to leave us at the end of this Term in order to take up a post in his native town and old school at Plymouth. It would be difficult to catalogue the many activities to which Mr. Savage's hand has contributed in the fourteen years during which he has been here, but let it be said that in all of them his genial personality and painstaking devotion have been valued and appreciated by colleagues and pupils alike. When Scouts are able to resume their wanderings over the face of England and beyond, they will no doubt fall in with him again, serenely directing camp commissariat or maybe just taking his occasional ease " on the warm ingle-bench."
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We have lost many stalwarts this Term and there have been a large number of new appointments. Congratulations to Olivant, J. K., on being appointed Head Prefect and Football Secretary ; to Gilfillan, G. R., on being appointed Captain of Football ; to Cotton, on being appointed Captain of Fives ; to Howarth, J. A., on being appointed Fives Secretary and to Scott, J. on being appointed Head Librarian.
Congratulations to Burkinshaw, P. L., Edwards, J., Howarth, J. A., Johnson, M. W., Marrian, W. A., Roycroft, J. S., Teather, J. B., Townsend, R. V., Trotter, P.F. and Truelove, L. H., on being appointed Prefects.
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Very hearty congratulations to Calvert, G. H. and Bolton J. G. on winning State Scholarships, awarded on the results of the Higher Certificate Examination, 1940; to Scott, J, on winning a Hastings Scholarship of £l15 a year at the Queen's College, Oxford ; and to P. G. Hudson, on the award of the Gold Medal in Grade VI (Intermediate) in the Local Examination of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London, in which examination he gained the highest distinction marks in any Practical subject among candidates throughout Great Britain and Ireland.
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We have heard with regret of the death of Mr. H. S. Newton, shortly after his retirement, owing to ill-health, from the position of Chief Education Officer. Though otherwise mainly invisible to most of us, he was a familiar figure at recent Speech Days and his directorate covered a period of fruitful educational progress of which we, with the other schools of Sheffield, have enjoyed the advantages. His successor, Dr. W. P. Alexander, has already steered our schools through a difficult period of adjustment and improvisation and as Director of Education will no doubt have a sufficiency of knotty problems to solve in the years to 'come, in which we wish him every success.
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A Service of Remembrance and Dedication was held on the 11th November, to commemorate the sacrifice of those who gave their lives in the last war, and those who have already done so in this, and to pray that this time their sacrifice may not be made in vain. Two minutes silence was observed at 11 o'clock, but the service differed in certain respects from that formerly held on Armistice Day. There was no address and the School remained in the Assembly Hall while wreaths were placed at the foot of the war memorial. The Headmaster and some of the Senior Masters, the Prefects, Mr. G. A. Bolsover, and a contingent of the Balloon Barrage, were present at the war memorial, wreaths being laid by the Head Prefect, by Mr. Bolsover, for the Old Edwardians and by Sergt. J. Welch, V.C., of the 939 W.R. Balloon Barrage Squadron. The party then returned to the Assembly Hall for the conclusion of the Service.
Until the present Football season, boys not chosen to play in 1st, 2nd or 3rd House elevens, have been relegated to that graveyard of talent, called " pick-ups "-where, however, it must be admitted, many skilled mud-slingers have learned their profession. No doubt much may be said and probably has been said, in favour of this system, but we welcome the new order which has been introduced this Term. All Houses now provide 4th elevens, who play friendly matches. To ensure that an attempt, at least, is made to play football and in order that rudimentary coaching may be given, two members of the Staff and two of the Sixth Form are each week in charge of the four 4th XI matches.
The success gained this Football season by a comparatively young 1st XI is largely due to the training which it has been fortunate enough to receive from Mr. Magner during the greater part of the Term. Coming from Huddersfield with a very high reputation, Mr. Magner greatly improved not only the fitness of the School elevens, but also their positional and constructive play. Although Mr. Magner has now unfortunately returned to his home town, the results of his teaching will be shown-as already witnessed -throughout the season in the more skilful play of the School elevens.
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A court having become available in Clarkehouse Road, it has been decided to form a School Squash Racquets Club. Membership is open to the Sixth and Transitus and the court will be available during the holidays as well as in Term-time. Several of the Masters have kindly offered to act as instructors, and it is hoped that the Club will soon become proficient enough to arrange matches. There are still six vacancies.
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Music and Drama are holding their own, as far as the inconveniences of black-out permit. It was felt impossible to embark on the intended production of Princess Ida, but by the time this appears a combined entertainment will have taken place, on 13th and 14th December, with Galsworthy's The Little Man and the Gilbert and Sullivan Trial by Jury as the principal items. " Bridesmaids and Spectators " of 1935 will thus have an opportunity of renewing their acquaintance with the latter work from a different angle.
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The School National Savings Group continues to make steady progress. Since its beginning in June, 1,300 Certificates have been bought, representing a total investment of X975, including X591 9s. 6d. contributed during the Sheffield War Weapons Week. This sum is swelled by a certain number of large individual deposits, but the small subscribers are coming forward well and in increasing numbers, though the total of 335 subscribers shows that a considerable portion of the School have not yet realised the advantages of the scheme, or prefer to make their investments elsewhere.
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A system of synchronised clocks, ensuring that when the masterclock goes out of order all are held in suspended animation, certainly has its drawbacks. " Cave, nescis horam ! " is the apt slogan suggested by a correspondent who finds matter for indignant complaint in the continued immobility of our time-machine. It seems that the necessary batteries are of an early Edwardian pattern, difficult, if not impossible, to procure at this awkward moment. However, except from the depressing effect of a perpetual twentyminutes-to-four, the inconvenience is a trifling one, especially as, with recent changes, very few of us are at all certain at what time a period really should end.
Readers will have noticed that the " letter box " for contributions to THE MAGAZINE has been brought out of its seclusion in the Library to a more conspicuous place in the corridor. We should like to find it continually filled with original contributions, correspondence, suggestions, complaints, all of which will receive consideration and some of which will find their way into print. But - anonymous communications are usually ignored.
The whole School has been deeply shocked this Term by the tragic death of Gordon Strange, of Form Va. As Patrol Leader of the Falcon Patrol of the Scouts, Strange, with other Scouts of the School Troop, was helping on 15th November at an Exhibition held in connection with the Sheffield War Weapons Week, when he was fatally injured by the accidental firing of a gun. Strange was one of the ablest boys of his age on the Classical Side, and those who taught him were confident that he would have a brilliant career. As a Scout, he had shown equally notable powers of leadership and his good humour and readiness to help others had earned him the respect and affection of his fellows. He had many friends among Masters and boys, especially in the Classical Fifth and Arundel House, and all of them will join in mourning his untimely death.
" Render unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's.-LUKE XX.25.
" Ye cannot serve God and Mammon."--MATT. VI.24.
"Many be called, but few chosen."-MATT. XX.16.
OUR visitor this Term was the Rt. Rev. the Bishop of Sheffield. He took as the subject of his address the question of making right choices-choice, it might be, between good and evil, or good and good, or, hardest of all, between evil and evil. The supreme example was the martyr, who had to choose between the truth and his life.
The right to make choices was the essence of democracy and freedom, as opposed to the dictatorial system against which we were fighting. Our education was intended not only to provide us with better posts, but also to fit us to be the future upholders of democracy : we came to school to learn how to make proper choices.
The popular press and certain Ecclesiastical publications had for some time played on the feelings of individuals and not their intellect. Our education guarded us against that. The German constitution relied on appeal to the feelings. The State assumed the authority which belonged to God : the Nazis were rendering unto Caesar that which was God's. Worse still than this was Hitler's crime : he was rendering that which was God's unto himself.
It was not only ourselves who were concerned with the choices we had to make. God Himself was actively interested and guided and directed us.
DURING August, two Camps were run, one near Grindleford and one near Bakewell, for and by Masters and boys who had volunteered to do farm work during the holidays, to assist farmers who might be short of labour. Both Camps were run with the blessing of the Derbyshire War Agricultural Committee, who helped to put them in contact with farmers who needed their help. Boys were paid at the rate of 6d. an hour, and the money they earned was sufficient to make one Camp self-supporting and the other almost so. There were some difficulties in finding work, as the account of the Grindleford Camp points out. At Bakewell the first week was the worst, but eventually two jobs were discovered, which were sufficient to occupy more than the 10 boys available each day, so that recruits had to be fetched from Sheffield. Each day two other boys remained in Camp to prepare the enormous meals devoured by the toilers on the land.
` . . . Coming"
The nature of the work is described in the accounts of the two Camps which follow. Apparently it was appreciated by the farmers, and we had the satisfaction of knowing that what we were doing was important work, which might not have been done otherwise. The Bakewell workers will for many years have the pleasure, when thee go along the main Bakewell to Buxton Road, just beyond Ashford, of admiring a hillside made neat and partly cleared of the rabbit pest, by their own efforts.
That the Camps were a success was in no small measure due to the willing cooperation of Mr. Crossland, of Grindleford and Mr. Mosley, of Bakewell, the two farmers who allowed us to camp on their land, and to the farm-folk, who patiently suffered the comings, goings and doings of two crews of (mostly) greenhorn townees, let loose in their vicinity.
"A garden is a lovesome thing . . . "
Out of some 120 volunteers, twelve of us were sent out to Grindleford, with Mr. Smith and Mr. Wheeler, to help the farmers to Dig for Victory. It took us the whole day to arrive, unpack and pitch camp, and during this time we worked on the food which we had brought from home. It was therefore with some apprehension that we sat down to our evening meal in the Grub Tent. After one bite our fears vanished : the cooking was excellent and we demolished the lot.
On the Monday morning we were shown the field of cabbage, kale and mangels and turnips, which we were detailed to weed. We set to work with a will and in half an hour we all had backache. But we still had the rest of the morning, so we went on doggedly. At the end of the first week we had done about two-thirds of the field, and in our eyes it looked as though a tornado had hit it. But the farmer seemed quite satisfied with it. Some of the time, Wheatley, Buckley and Fletcher went up the road to Mr. Rowarth's farm, where they worked for nine hours a day on haymaking.
Towards the middle of the next week, we finished the field and were left with no jobs. A hit of rapid scouting produced an apparently simple, but, as it proved, arduous job in a neighbouring garden. It consisted of digging over and weeding a small plot of waste land and was estimated to take two days. It took the best part of a fortnight, off and on, to complete our contract, but complete it we eventually did.
But this job alone was not enough to keep the whole Camp going and Mr. Smith had the unenviable job of having to find work for us through all the possible channels. One thing he found out was that there was enough work at Bakewell for both Camps, and so for a couple of days we thought we were going to have to shift the Camp to Bakewell. The authorities, however, procured us a pair of jobs, one at Hassop and one at Offerton, both of which were pretty heavy (involving the destruction of large quantities of ragwort and thistles) ; but the people who employed us were very considerate and helpful and this made all the difference.
During the month at Grindleford we had several jolly exploits, which we shall probably not forget quickly. Among the things we learned were how to pull out thistles with our bare hands and how to make bikes serve as tanks. Among the memories we accumulated were several bicycle accidents, three evenings on a switchback roundabout and one with Shakespeare at Great Hucklow. But perhaps the party was happy because of the solemn-though unofficial-ban we pronounced on all war topics.
NOTE.-I have since passed through Grindleford several times while hiking and have noted with pleasure the fact that there is something growing is Mr. M_______ 's garden !
G. D. R.
We who were at Bakewell must indeed count ourselves fortunate to have spent a month under the pleasantest conditions imaginable for such a project as ours. Our Camp was situated on the lee side of a ridge, in country which, except for the extensive pine forests, was reminiscent of the Downs, commanding a view marred only by the thought of having to cycle up it to get home.
In its initial stages the Camp was composed of boys from Forms V and VI only, but even for these it was hard to find work. However, our host had some kale fields and few indeed of us will ever forget the time when we returned nightly to the Camp bent like the proverbial village ancients.
After the first week we were overwhelmed with work so that Mr. Bradley had to summon reinforcements from the Transitus. The Duke of Devonshire's agent set us the Herculean task of cleaning a steep hillside of tangled thorn and briar to relieve the fight for existence of a valuable plantation of young ash trees. Simultaneously an upland farmer of Monsal Dale provided four of us with scythes and a tutor, one ` Garge,' and set us to clear a 98-acre field of ragwort. The magnitude of these tasks can hardly be appreciated, but the plucky way in which they were tackled will have ensured that next year the demand for our labour will be gratifyingly overwhelming.
Finally, we have the pleasure of according our thanks to the lady of the farm for many small comforts, to our " camp-mothers " Mrs. Bradley and Mrs. Redston, and to the many country people with whom we came into contact for their always generous encouragement and help.
W. A. M.
IT was hardly to be expected that anyone would display much enthusiasm when it was announced that the Summer Holiday this year would be curtailed and the School would re-open for ten days in the middle of August. Nor was it surprising that some of our number discovered that they had relatives who lived in a safe area and whom they felt it a duty to visit, or made hasty arrangements to remove themselves from Sheffield for part, at any rate, of the month. It is not difficult to imagine what went on in many Sheffield homes, as persistent sons tried to bully, coax or cajole their parents into providing them with a suitable alibi. Nevertheless, when the School re-opened on 7th August, a large number of boys appeared in their usual places.
By this time, too, the first disappointment at losing most of the holiday had worn off and the majority were prepared to make the best of things and get as much amusement as possible out of an unusual situation. It was generally known that the School would not work to the normal time table, and most people probably felt a sense of pleasurable anticipation as they waited to see what would happen.
For the first half of the morning there were the two usual periods except that one of each of these each day was spent in mass P.T., for which various Forms were combined. During ordinary periods Masters were careful to avoid formal instruction in the principles of mathematics or the syntax of foreign languages and discoursed in general terms on matters more or less connected with their subjects. During the second half of the morning people were allowed to choose their own occupations. Those who could paint painted. Many retired to the Workshop. The Choir sang, the Orchestra practised in the Assembly Hall and the Scouts went off to collect scrap iron or to do work in the City provided for them by the Scout Office. Those who were left in each Form rehearsed one-act plays, and these were produced in the Assembly Hall on the last two mornings of the " Long Vacation Term". On every afternoon but two there was Cricket at Whiteley Woods and Form matches were played with much enthusiasm and a considerable amount of encouragement or barracking from interested onlookers.
When it was all over and the School had again dispersed for another ten day, all the bitterness of disappointment seemed to have vanished, even in the lower Forms of the Middle School, who had originally described the whole business as a " twist". One comment I heard was " Not bad at all ; it might have been much worse "-which I thought was high praise from a boy of twelve deprived of his usual seven weeks of uninterrupted holiday.
"I SAY, is this the Postal Bus ? " The conductor merely went on grinning and did not answer. Of all the impudence ! I touched him on the shoulder and his head rolled off.
When I recovered consciousness a kindly voice said, " Take it easy old man, you must have fainted-you'll be yourself in a moment or two."
Where is he ? Who killed him? "
Steady now, don't get excited. Who killed whom ? "
" Why, the conductor of course."
" Conductor ! What conductor ? "
"The one whose head just-what the-where's that bus got to?"
" Now look here, don't you think you'd better go home and sleep it off ? "
" What do you mean ? " I retorted hotly.
By this time a small crowd had gathered and a constable crossed the road and asked me what was wrong.
" I wanted to post this letter and someone or other told me there was a postal bus about nine o'clock, and so I came down to try and catch it. There was a bus in-and the conductor was sitting on the stairs and grinning. He had a scarf round his neck, by the way, and I asked him "
" What's all this got to do with you sitting in the middle of the pavement ?
"A lot," I replied, " and if you don't want to hear it, you can go to the devil."
" Here, this won't do ; you'd better go home
" -and sleep it off ? " I finished for him. " Fine policeman you are when there's a murdered man somewhere about.
"What's that ? " The constable's expression changed. "You'd better come along with me." And he cleared the crowd away.
The sergeant at the station asked me to start at the beginning and tell him all about it. I told him about the grinning conductor. "And," I continued, " he didn't answer me when I asked if it was the Postal Bus, but merely went on grinning. I got impatient and shook his shoulder-and his head rolled off." At which point I so vividly revisualized the scene that I was unashamedly sick all over the sergeant's new uniform. He uttered a horrified "Ugh ! " and swore volubly.
I left the station after signing a statement and was escorted home by the constable, who 'phoned the doctor for me.
"Just go to bed "
` -and sleep it off," I yelled. "A man is foully murdered, I try to keep perfectly cool and collected and you all say, ' Go home, or go to bed, and sleep it off ! Heads don't roll off every day ! " And for the second time I said my little piece.
" Extraordinary ! " he said, and looked at me pityingly. " Your nerves weren't ever very sound-I'll prescribe a tonic. Good night ! "
So that was it ! No one believed me ! " Just go to bed and sleep it off." Sleep-who could sleep after that? I did. I dreamed all night of the football match in which I had played a week before-I kicked the ball-it squelched and stuck on the end of my boot-the whistle shrilled and the referee shouted, " No ball," and hit it off with a golf club. I seized the ball and in horror dropped-a head. It bit my leg as it fell and hung on with sharp teeth-I struggled with it, wrestled, strove-I could not get it off. I pulled-it came away and I threw it forcibly against the goal post. It spurted blood. I awoke with a start to find the hot water bottle impaled on the pointed bed post and my feet drenched.
I had just finished dressing when there was a knock at the door. My housekeeper was on holiday, so I answered it myself. There stood the sergeant with two other gentlemen, one of them a little man with horn-rimmed spectacles and the other a tall fellow, who said : "Good morning ! I am Inspector Kayton-the Sergeant here has told me your bus conductor story and I would like to discuss it further with you."
" Why, certainly. Come in gentlemen," I said.
" This is Dr. Aylesbury, a friend of mine, who is interested in cases of this sort-he has a few questions to ask you himself, if you don't mind."
" Not at all-please proceed."
It was not until the doctor asked me " if I ever suffered from nerves " that it dawned on me. They thought I was mad-that was it. Yes, Dr. Jacob Aylesbury of course-the alienist who was making a tour of the country in search of " peculiar cases." Madhuh ? I'd show them.
" No, my nerves are perfectly sound, thank you, and I'm not mad-so sorry to disappoint you doctor, but I'm far from being a peculiar case."
" Well, really ! " was the startled reply.
An awkward silence ensued and then I hit upon a brilliant idea. " I'm willing to undergo a mental test to prove my sanity if you like."
"Why, certainly." And for an hour I was bombarded with questions such as these : " Count up to thirty, starting at eighteen."
" 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30." " Name five animals hunted for their skin." " Snake, lizard, mole, tiger, crocodile."
" Repeat quickly three times ' Sweet Sue shows you how shoddy sheets should be sewn.' "
I repeated it faultlessly.
He examined my eyes and then asked me : " How many dead people have you seen in your lifetime;? "
" One." A pale green tinge crept over my cheeks-the Sergeant drew his chair back in apprehension, but nothing unseemly happened.
" I think that's all," said the alienist as he turned towards the Inspector.
" Well? " I queried. "Am I mad or am I not ? "
He regarded me gravely. " You seem to be more or less normal, although your antipathy to dead people seems to indicate Necromania or Corpse Terror. Such people usually suffer from delusions and rest is the only cure. Just go to bed and sleep it off."
This was enough-I swung round to tell him that he and everyone else I had met were mad, when he whipped round and let out a blood-curdling yell. The Sergeant and the Inspector must have expected it-they never moved a muscle, but this interview had ruined my nerves and I nearly jumped out of my skin-which was quite natural really any normal person would have done. The loathsome object turned wisely to his companions and said : "Ah ! " and turned to go. This was too much. I let out a replica of that shriek and seized the pest by the neck-and broke it for him. The Inspector rushed forward and pinned me against the wall. I kicked, struggled, bit, yelled-for there was that head again-I could see it plainly-dancing before my eyes and grinning horribly.
They took me away that night-they didn't hang me-they think there never was a Postal Bus. They think I'm mad-and I'm beginning to believe it myself.
J. B. T.
While a lucky few were busy blistering their hands in order to hasten the end of the war, a number of us were enjoying ourselves at School. Enjoying ?-yes ! The Masters adapted themselves to the holiday spirit and during two three-quarter-hour periods in the morning chatted to us on every subject under the sun-except those on the School curriculum. Some Masters brought records and portable gramophones, others brought pictures to illustrate their " lectures "-in fact they made every effort to make us forget that we-and they-had lost holidays. The remainder of the morning was spent in School " activities." I am well fitted to write about these as I took part in all of them. I entered the Woodwork Room, but I had an argument with some glue-and left. I joined the Art Class, but I asked one of the surrealists what his drawing was supposed to represent-and was thrown out. In sheer despair I became a member of the Choir. I was a very useful addition, as my voice ranges from very high soprano to very low bass. In the afternoons there was cricket for everybody. Yes, those " holidays " were a real six-hit !
Once, a Schoolmaster reproved a boy with those rare words " Meet me, after the final bell, and repent of your misdeeds."
" That I am unable to do, 0 Wise One, for this is the night when the Scouts hold their weekly stampede."
" To-morrow, then ? "
" To-morrow, 0 Kindest of All, I must attend the wranglings of the Tuesday Club."
" Wednesday? "
" That day is dedicated to exertion on the miry fields." " Fail not our feast on Thursday." " My Lord, then my voice is upraised in song." " Present yourself on Friday, 0 Wicked Boy."
" On that day I must attend the house of my mother's sister's cousin to tea."
" Saturday, an hour after noon ? " Sir--` a muddied oaf ... "
An etching is a ticklish feeling.
While Drake was playing bowls, the invisible Armada came into sight.
Contralto is a low sort -of music sung only by ladies.
Played at Whiteley Woods on Wednesday, 25th September. SCHOOL Green; Macallum, Powell ; Major, Stamp, Hemingway ; Dronfield, Holmes,
Oliver, Gilfillan, Wreghitt. HEADMASTER'S XI :-Bradley; Thirsk, Smith ; Sargent, Parkin, Barber ; Fletcher, Buckley, Wheatley, Rhodes, Doncaster.
The School won the toss and kicked off towards the brook. The School attacked and Major, Gilfillan and Oliver all tried long shots. Three corners were forced but erratic shooting spoilt many chances. The play had only twice been in the School half, where Stamp was prominent for his covering and fierce tackling. The Headmaster's XI was unfortunate to lose Buckley, who had been injured early in the game. The School kept up their attack, with Major and Hemingway feeding the forwards with many effective passes.
From a breakaway, Doncaster scored for the Headmaster's XI. However, the play was again taken into the opponent's half from the centre. Gilfillan put Oliver through and only a desperate tackle by Parkin prevented the School from drawing level.
Half-time : School 0, Headmaster's XI, 1.
In the second half the play became more even and for a short time lost its former pace. School forced three corners and Mr. Bradley had to save shots from Wreghitt, Dronfield and Oliver. Then Rhodes and Fletcher began a good movement on the right-wing, which ended in Fletcher scoring with a high cross shot. Immediately the School, now two goals behind, threw everything into a fierce attack. From a corner, many hard shots were blocked and Holmes was unlucky to see a dropping shot go just over the bar. The Headmaster's XI attacked again and Powell, who had played very well, had the bad luck to put through his own goal. This setback only encouraged the School, who nearly scored when Parkin deflected a shot on to the upright. With a little more care in finishing good approach work, the School might easily have won. Taking a general view of the game they deserved at least to draw.
Score : School 0, Headmaster's XI 3.
Played at Whiteley Woods on Friday, 27th September. SCHOOL Green; Macullum, Powell ; Major, Stamp, Hemingway ; Townsend, Holmes,
Oliver, Gilfillan, Wreghitt. STAFF :-Messrs. Bradley ; Lee-Uff ; MacKay ; Whiteley, Waterhouse, Cumming ; Harvey, Fletcher, Brearley, Titchmarsh and Baker.
The School won the toss and kicked towards the brook. The Staff attacked hard and after a few minutes Mr. Brearley shot past Green, giving the lead to the Staff side. So far the School defence had failed to regain the unity shown in the previous match. From a pass by Mr. Whiteley, Mr. Brearley again scored for the Staff. Then the School began to combine in better fashion and Wreghitt shot a good goal from the left wing. The play gradually became faster towards half-time and Gilfillan and Holmes were prominent in the School attack. Mr. Brearley added a third for the Staff.
Half-time : School 1, The Staff 3.
The second half was dominated by the School attack and better support from the wing halves might easily have resulted in a win. Wreghitt and Oliver missed good chances. However, from a pass by Gilfillan, Wreghitt drew Mr. Lee-Uff and slipped the ball through for Oliver to score. This goal encouraged the School and shots from Townsend, Oliver, Holmes and Gilfillan just failed to score. From a clearance by Powell, Hemingway, put Wreghitt through, but the wingman was fouled. Oliver took the penalty but shot straight at the goalkeeper. The whistle blew with the School making desperate efforts to draw level. The main fault of the School was the failure of the backs to cover the centre-halt.
Score : School 2, The Staff 3. Scorers : Wreghitt 1, Oliver 1.
Played at Whiteley Woods on 28th September. Team :-Green ; Macallum, Powell ; Major, Stamp, Hemingway ; Townsend, Holmes, Oliver, Gilfillan, Wreghitt.
The School, winning the toss, chose to attack the goal in front of the copse. Very soon the School attack broke through the Derby defence and Oliver scored from a pass by Townsend. When a brief Derby attack had been broken up by Stamp and Major, Gilfillan twice put Oliver through to score, after Wreghitt, who was combining well with his inside forward, had left the Derby goalkeeper no chance with a good cross shot. There was a marked distinction between the organised School defence and weak Derby attack. It was very rarely that the School defence, in which Hemingway. Major and Stamp were prominent, lost the ball in a heading duel. Powell began a very fine movement with a. beautiful pass to Gilfillan, who passed through to Oliver. The centre forward returned the pass and Gilfillan put the School five up. Holmes had bad luck when a left-foot shot struck the post. By half-time Green had only been called upon three times, twice from passes by Stamp. However, School should have realised sooner that there was much more time to find their men in this game. Five certain goals had been missed by hurried finishing and an eagerness to pass as soon as they received the ball.
Half-time : School 5, Derby 0.
The School completely overran Derby in the second half. Derby scored their only goal from a penalty conceded by Stamp. For the most part the play was in the Derby half. Oliver netted twice and Holmes, having beaten two men very smartly, added the eighth goal. From two corners taken by Hemingway, Gilfillan headed two more for the School, making the score
School 10, Derby 1.
Scorers : Oliver 5, Gilfillan 3, Holmes 1, Wreghitt 1.
Played at Barnsley on 5th October. Team :-Green ; Olivant, Powell ; Major, Stamp, Hemingway ; Dronfield, Holmes, Oliver, Gilfillan, Wreghitt.
The School, losing the toss, were forced to kick against a strong wind. The play was even, both sides being unable to score. Soon the School went ahead through a goal by, Oliver after Holmes and Gilfillan had combined well. Five minutes later, Holmes made a good pass to Dronfield, whose centre was skilfully directed into the goal by Oliver. The School defence, after an unsteady start, were now playing stolidly. Powell's tackling was very effective and his general play a great improvement. Then Barnsley scored, but Oliver completed his hat-trick with a fine left-foot shot.
Half-time : School 3, Barnsley 1.
With the wind behind them the School forced most of the play into the Barnsley half. Major and Hemingway gave many good passes to their inside forwards. Twice Oliver snapped up passes to put the School further ahead. The whistle was blown with the School still attacking. They had bad luck when Holmes hit the upright from a pass by Dronfield.
School 5, Barnsley Grammar School 1.
Although the School won comfortably, their play brought out a few minor faults. Oliver might have turned a good display into an excellent one, had he challenged the opposing centre-half more frequently. Gilfillan, who tried a good individual run at the beginning of the game, might have tried others. Lastly, Wreghitt wasted his football ability through slowness off the mark.
Played at Whiteley Woods on Saturday, 12th October. Team :Green ; Middleton, Powell ; Major, Stamp, Hemingway ; Dronfield, Holmes, Oliver, Gilfillan, Wreghitt.
The School made one change for the match against the Bankers, Middleton being included at right back in place of Olivant. The School kicked off towards the copse but were checked by the Bankers' stolid defence. The game became very fast and the play was exceptionally even. Middleton was prominent in the School defence and broke up many promising attacks. Neither side had scored, as both defences had the upper hand. Just before half-time, Dronfield who had been trying exceptionally hard, centred for Oliver to score for the School.
Half-time : School 1, Sheffield Bankers 0.
In the second half the School attack combined much more successfully and soon had the Bankers' defence in difficulties. Dronfield and Holmes put Oliver through to score for the School. Then Gilfillan and Oliver beat the Bankers' defence by close cross-passing and Gilfillan made the score three-nil. The play was mostly in the Bankers' half. Oliver was fouled and Stamp gave the goalkeeper no chance with a right-foot drive from the penalty spot. Only two minutes after, Gilfillan ran through to make the score 5-0. Then the Bankers' conceded another penalty for handling and Stamp again scored. The School right wing made up by Major, Holmes and Dronfield, was playing very well. Only once did the Bankers break through and this attack was broken by a timely clearance by Powell. Just before time, Gilfillan added a seventh goal for the School.
Final Score : School 7, Sheffield Bankers 0. Scorers : Gilfillan 3, Oliver 2, Stamp 2 (penalties).
Played at Woodhouse on 19th October. Team :-Howard ; Middleton, Powell ; Major, Stamp, Hemingway ; Dronfield, Holmes, Oliver, Gilfillan, Thompson.
The School lost the toss and were forced to kick up the slope. Woodhouse opened the scoring after a good movement had tied up the School defenders. A second goal was added after Stamp had miskicked. Dronfield and Holmes broke through and were unlucky not to score. Lack of calling on the part of Howard put Woodhouse three goals ahead. Then the play evened out towards half-time and the School held their own against their heavier opponents.
Half-time : School 0, Woodhouse Grammar School 3.
The School now took advantage of the slope and dominated the play in the early second half. Powell and Hemingway were conspicuous in defence and rarely let the inside forwards show their first-half supremacy. From a Woodhouse goalkick, Gilfillan hit the ball first time into the goal, where a fault on the part of the goalkeeper made the score 3-1. Unfortunately, this success which the School undoubtedly merited, was marred by .Howard letting the ball roll beneath his body into the goal.
Score : Woodhouse 4, School 1.
Scorer : Gilfillan.
Played at Manchester on 26th October. Team :-Howard ; Middleton, Powell ; Major, Stamp, Hemingway ; Dronfield, Holmes, Oliver, Gilfillan, Thompson.
The School won the toss, but as the ground was flat and only a slight breeze blowing, they gained no advantage. Manchester attacked from the start and the School goal had a narrow escape when the ball just missed the upright with Howard beaten. The School forwards combined well and Oliver scored. It was a determined solo effort and fully deserved a goal. Unfortunately, Howard let a weak shot through and Manchester drew level. Powell and Stamp were conspicuous in defence and Oliver was playing extremely well at centre-forward. The game was very even and on the whole the School had grown accustomed to the unusual width of the field.
Half-time : School 1, Manchester 1.
The second half was not a lucky one for the School. Manchester broke through twice and goals resulted, mainly because the wing halves were giving the Manchester inside forwards too much scope. Howard was at fault when the ball bounced over the goalkeeper's arms and the score became 4-1. The School forwards were still trying hard, and Gilfillan scored after combining with Thompson and Holmes. Two minutes later Manchester added a fifth goal.
Score : School 2, Manchester 5.
Scorers : Gilfillan, Oliver.
Played at Repton on 3rd November. Team :-Green ; Middleton, Powell; Major, Stamp, Hemingway; Dronfield, Holmes, Oliver, Gilfillan, Thompson.
Gilfillan won the toss and the School kicked off with the advantage of a slanting wind and rain. Conditions were very bad and both teams settled down very well in the circumstances. The School were soon attacking but a determined attack by Repton led to the School being one down after about ten minutes. However the School were still doing most of the attacking and their efforts were at last successful. The ball was now slippery and heavy and the Repton goalkeeper allowed it to slip through his fingers. Oliver seized his opportunity and equalised. There was no further score before half-time.
School 1st XI 1, Repton 2nd XI I.
After the change-over conditions were as bad as ever and it was now hailing. The School had now to face continuous Repton attacks and in about ten minutes were again one down. During the next ten minutes the School did their best to equalise but were very unfortunate, one goal being disallowed for off-side. During the final twenty minutes Repton pressed very hard indeed and great credit is due to the whole defence for repelling these attacks. In particular, Green made one fine save. The School's many raids proved abortive and the match closed without further score.
School 1st XI 1, Repton 2nd XI 2.
Played at Whiteley Woods on Saturday, 16th -November. Team Green ; Middleton, Powell ; Major, Stamp, Hemingway ; Dronfield, Holmes, Oliver, Gilfillan, Wreghitt.
Weather conditions were fairly good, although in the latter stages light began to fail, but ground conditions were difficult. There was a wet surface, very hard to retain one's balance on, and later it turned to mud. Gilfillan lost the toss and the School kicked off towards the wood.
The School were soon attacking and Oliver scored from a corner taken by Holmes. The Rotherham forwards meanwhile were securely held by Middleton and Powell and the School continued to attack. Their efforts were soon once again rewarded and Oliver scored his second goal. Gilfillan had been efficiently supporting the attacks and was rewarded when, a ball coming to him from a backward pass, he put in a hard, low shot which went in off the inside of the post. Rotherham scored shortly before half-time.
Half-time score : School 1st XI 3, Rotherham 1.
In the second half Rotherham pressed very hard all the time. The School defence, however, successfully withstood the heavy pressure. Nor was the School attack idle. They were only prevented from scoring by some fine goalkeeping in the Rotherham goal. No score was added in the second half.
Full-time score : School 1st Xl 3, Rotherham Grammar School 1. Scorers : Oliver 2, Gilfillan 1.
Played at Whiteley Woods on Wednesday, 20th November. Team :Green ; Middleton, Powell ; Major, Stamp, Parfitt ; English, Holmes. Oliver, Gilfillan, Wreghitt.
Gilfillan won the toss and the School were kicking towards the wood. Bootham were the bigger team but the School soon got their measure and were before long attacking vigorously. Their efforts were rewarded after about fifteen minutes when Holmes, from a backward pass, lobbed the ball over the goalkeeper's head. This advantage was followed up in two minutes by Oliver, who collected the ball on the left of the goal and sent in a shot from an acute angle. Bootham were rather shaken and the School pressed hard, being again successful when Gilfillan scored with a long, low shot. The last goal of this half was a fine shot from Wreghitt owing to excellent positioning.
Half-time score : School 1st XI 4, Bootham 1st XI 0.
The School refused to ease up and after the change-over, pressed very hard again. Bootham were more than once saved by their goalkeeper. This heavy pressure continued for twenty minutes and during the time goals were added to the School's score by English and Gilfillan. After this Bootham began their offensive in the shape of rapid raids calculated to upset the School defence which, however, stood the strain. The whole team are to be congratulated and especially the forwards.
Full-time score : School 1st XI 6, Bootham 0.
Scorers :-Holmes, Oliver, Wreghitt, English, 1 ; Gilfillan 2.
Played at Whiteley Woods on Saturday, 23rd November. Team Green ; Middleton, Powell ; Parfitt, Stamp, Hemingway ; English, Holmes, Oliver, Gilfillan, Wreghitt.
Gilfillan lost the toss and the School kicked off towards the wood. Conditions were very bad and throughout the game both teams found it exceedingly difficult to keep their balance. The Old Edwardians had brought up a very strong team and the School was weakened by the absence of Major. However, the School pulled together well and the first half was mainly fought out in mid-field. Although the School were losing by one goal at half time this is no indication of the general play. The School were attacking as frequently and as strongly as the Old Boys and English was very unfortunate when one of his hard shots hit the underneath of the crossbar and failed to go in. Just before half-time the School were very badly hit when English was injured. He had, unfortunately, to leave the field at half-time.
Half-time score : School 1st XI 0, Old Edwardians 1.
The School with only ten men were mainly on the defensive in the second half and they suffered another setback when Parfitt was injured, although he managed to complete the game. However, the School with only four virtual forwards still made repeated but vain raids on the Old Edwardians' goal. The Old Boys, however, made full use of their advantage.
That the score was so low was due to the team spirit shown by the School and by good all-round play.
Full-time score : School 1st XI 0, Old Edwardians 4.
Played at Ackworth on 27th November. Team :-Green ; Middleton, Powell : Major, Stamp, Hemingway ; Dronfield, Holmes, Oliver, Gilfillan, Parfitt.
Ackworth kicked off with the advantage afforded by a slight wind, but for twenty minutes could make no use of it. The School inside forwards were prominent in end to end play, but after twenty minutes they secured a double shock, both Ackworth wingers scoring, a corner from one being helped into the goal by the wind. Shortly afterwards, Gilfillan scored with a splendid drive from thirty yards. There was little to choose between the teams at half-time. The Ackworth centre-forward opened the second half with a goal inside four minutes. From then onwards, the School team were entirely transformed. They besieged the Ackworth goal and allowed the opposing forwards no scope. But all was vain, until a quarter of an hour before the end of the game, when Oliver scored with a cross drive from a through pass by Gilfillan. Inside five minutes Gilfillan scored again after beating three men in the Ackworth penalty area. The winning goal was scored by Dronfield, who cut in from the wing to meet a loose ball and ram it into the goal. In the second half the Ackworth side were completely overplayed, and the whole of the School team deserves the highest praise for a brilliant recovery.
Result : School 4, Ackworth 3.
Played at Whiteley Woods on 30th November. Team :-Green ; Middleton, Powell ; Major, Stamp, Hemingway ; Dronfield, Holmes, Oliver, Gilfillan Wreghitt.
The ground was in a terrible state, being soft on top and hard underneath. Mr. Barber's XI had decidedly the better of the first exchanges and scored after fifteen minutes. Dronfield, cutting in from the wing, put in a shot which the opposing goalkeeper allowed to slip through his fingers into the net. The goal proved to be only a break-away, and the School were hemmed in their own half for most of the first half. Barber's XI scored again, but just before half-time Oliver equalised, after receiving a long pass from Major.
The second half opened with a glut of goals. Barber's XI scored two more inside the first five minutes, but the School then pulled together and more than held their own for the rest of the game. Oliver scored after a fine solo effort and Gilfillan equalised after a good movement which involved four School forwards. A mistake, however, by a School defender allowed the opposing left-winger to make the score 5-4. For the rest of the game repeated attacks by both sides led to nothing, until a few minutes before the end, when Dronfield equalised for the School from a corner on the left. Considering the opposition and the state of the ground, the School put up a meritorious performance, the forwards being especially dangerous when they began to move.
Result : School 5. Mr. L. C. Barber's XI 5.
Played at Whiteley Woods on Saturday, 12th October. Team :Howard ; Macallum, Newton ; Marrian, Wise, Olivant ; Townsend, Scott, Burkinshaw, White, Lindsay.
The School 2nd XI, relegated to W.W.2 because of a 1st XI match, defended the Whiteley Wood end. Although the School forwards received plenty of passes, they could not get the ball moving and rarely managed to get in a shot at goal. On the other hand the J.T.S. combined quite well, but their shooting, too, was poor and Howard had little difficulty in dealing with any shots that came his way. That the J.T.S. only scored once was largely due to the way in which Newton and Macallum covered, both one another and the centre-half.
Half-time Score : K.E.S. 0, junior Technical School, 1.
The School started the 2nd half in determined manner, but as before, their attacks broke down in front of goal. As a result the J.T.S. were the first to score. Although the School forwards were combining better than they had done in the first half, their shooting was still both weak and inaccurate, until Townsend, running in from the right wing, put the ball over the goalkeeper's head from a very narrow angle. The School continued to press, but nevertheless the J.T.S. scored two more goals without reply. The School defence had lost its earlier steadiness and was finding the J.T.S. right-winger difficult to deal with. If the forwards had shot harder and more frequently they might easily have made the result a draw. Howard, although he had one or two lapses, made some good saves in goal. As this was the first match of the season, the members of the team had not yet grown accustomed to playing together as a team.
Result : K.E.S. 2nd XI 1, junior Technical School 1st XI 4. Scorer : Townsend 1.
Played at Whiteley Woods on Saturday, 19th October. Team :Moffat ; Macallum, Newton ; Marrian, Olivant, Wise ; Townsend, Hollies, Scott, English, Lindsay.
Having lost the toss, the School kicked towards the brook. It was not a good day for accurate football ; although the ground was firm underneath, the surface was soft and wet and therefore slippery ; the ball, coming off the ground quickly, was difficult to control. The School opened brightly and attacked immediately. It was a surprise when Woodhouse scored the first goal ; indeed Moffat would easily have saved the shot, had its direction not been changed at the last moment. The School were concentrating too much on close passing, while the defence's kicking was not always safe. Scott made several valiant attempts to put passes down the centre into the goal, but each time the goalkeeper just beat him to the ball. At length Scott had his reward, for after a fine bit of dribbling, Newton sent him a low centre which had only to be touched past the goalkeeper.
Half-time Score : K.E.S. 1, Woodhouse Grammar School 1.
The School opened out their game more and indulged in some hearty and generally accurate kicking. In spite of this the players seemed awe-struck when they approached the goal and one cannot call to mind a single breathtaking shot_ W.G.S. scored their second goal from a centre which seemed to have passed outside the post, but which the inside right somehow contrived to get into the net. The School seemed to be getting the upper hand and the ball was in the opponents' half for long periods. It was not long before Holles scored the equalising goal. The shooting showed only a slight improvement on that of the previous match. But the most important fault was that the inside forwards did not come back to mark the opposing inside forwards at the throw-ins ; as a result of this omission the defence was often a little confused.
Result : K.E.S. 2, Woodhouse Grammar School 2. Scorers : Scott 1, Holles 1.
Played at Whiteley Woods. Bootham won the toss and kicked against the wind. They immediately attacked but were repulsed, School replying strongly. Marrian scored from a good pass by Townsend. School continued to attack and Dronfield scored from a pass by Townsend. Bootham were penned up in their own half and Holles scored from a centre by Townsend, in a goal mouth scramble. School repelled Bootham's attacks, Scott twice scoring after School had broken away.
Half-time score : School 5, Bootham 0.
The second half was more even. Bootham had the advantage of the wind and attacked rather more. Dronfield scored for School. Bootham attacked but School's defence held out easily until the final whistle.
Final score : School 6, Bootham 0.
School won the toss and Rotherham kicked off with the wind behind them and attacked immediately. School returned the attack and almost scored. Rotherham kept up heavy pressure on the School goal for most of this half but did not score. Close on half-time School broke away and as a result of a shot by Townsend on the left wing, School forced a corner which was fruitless.
Half-time score : 0-0.
School attacked and the Rotherham goal had several close shaves. Townsend, now on the right wing, hit the post. Rotherham broke away and scored. School attacked again but Rotherham broke away and scored. Close on time Scott scored from a goal-mouth scramble. School's defence, especially Olivant, played well, but the forwards missed many chances by poor finishing.
Score : School 1, Rotherham 2.
v. Derby Won 6-0
v. Barnsley Lost 0-5
v. Junior Technical School Lost 1-2
v. Nether Edge Lost 2-4
v. Rotherham Lost 2-5
At its full strength the " Under 15 " XI has proved itself a strong and reliable side. Owing, however, to the demands of the 2nd XI, it has suffered the loss of its best performers in most of its matches and the available substitutes have not been able to fill the gaps adequately. Also, as a result of the constant changes in the formation of the side, there has been a marked lack of co-ordination between the individual players. This fact has been especially apparent in the attack ; the passing among the forwards and their supporting halves has been very inaccurate. Fortunately the defence has been extremely sound. Granville, at centre-half and Catton, at full-back, have worked hard in this department and have done a great deal to save the situations created by the wild passing of the forwards. In spite of this criticism there is no lack of talent in the forward line. Lindsay. White, Gray. Saxby and Burgan, all have plenty of individual skill, but with the possible exception of Saxby and Burgan, on the right wing there has been too little co-operation between them. The result has been a constant failure to push home an attack and a long succession of lost opportunities.
v. Derby School, at home Lost 8-0
Oct. 5th v. Barnsley G.S., away . .. Lost 8-1
Oct. 12th v. Junior Technical School, away Lost 10-1
Oct. 26th v. Nether Edge School, at home Lost 3-0
Unfortunately the four matches played all took place before half-term and this did not allow of many practice matches prior to the games. Despite defects in all four games there has been a steady improvement in the play.
The third match was against an older team and the result can be discounted. The match against Nether Edge resulted in an even game, two of the goals being scored in the last few minutes. In defence D. R. Robinson and 1). M. E. Allan have played consistently well. The attack has been changed frequently but J. B. W. Keighley and G. S. Colebrooke have been most successful. For the remaining match of this term we should be able to play the strongest team available.
T HIS Term we have been unfortunate in losing our Fives Master, Mr. Cumming, who has worked so enthusiastically to revive interest in the game, especially in the " Under 14 " Competition. He and Mr. Waterhouse will undoubtedly be a serious loss to the Staff Team.
Our match with the Training College was an encouraging victory with which to begin a new School Year. It was outstanding in that Truelove and Marrian took an hour and a quarter to play two games, although they modestly deny a succession of brilliant rallies ; unfortunately they lost their remaining two games. Although we all found the courts rather strange, Howarth played a reliable and steady game, the final score being 6 games to 2 in favour of the School.
There is a growing shortage of balls, which necessitates rather sparing usage, but this need not discourage players. It is hoped boys will maintain their Summer Term enthusiasm throughout the year, in order that we may form a strong 2nd IV to play fixtures in the near future.
J. M. C.
THE following gained Swimming Colours for the year 1939-40 AWARDS.-Bolton, J. G.; Leeson, J. M. REAWARDS-Foggitt, G. H. ; Foggitt, R. H. ; Roycroft, J. S.
Anyone wishing to improve either his style, his racing tactics or his handling of the water-polo ball, should see Roycroft, J. S. at the Prefects' Room as soon as possible.
On Friday, 29th November, at 4.15 p.m., some films concerned solely with swimming were shown to the School. These films were shot during the European Championships of 1934, and were kindly loaned by the Amateur Swimming Association. The champions pictured in the films were gathered together after the Championships and demonstrated their techniques, starts, turns and style. The object of the film is more to teach prospective champions to " clean up " their style, than to teach non-swimmers to swim. All keen swimmers in the School will do well to imitate these master swimmers. The positions from which the shots were taken show in full detail the object of each shot and if all who attended the lecture could learn from the film how to start correctly, if nothing else, the time will not have been wasted. It is hoped that if the demand is sufficiently great, many other similar films will be obtained for the School.
.1. S. R.
Pembroke College, Oxford.
23rd November, 1940.
The writer of your Oxford Letter is somewhat handicapped in war-time by the smallness of the number of O.E.'s to be found here, and if there are few stories, true or otherwise, to report, the fault is not his. For those who are here, life is practically normal, though Leslie Fletcher and I, the only two O.E.'s here this Term who do not spend most of our waking hours in the seclusion of the labs., have our time partly engaged by military training ; he in the O.U. Air Squadron, and I in the O.T.C. I may add that he and Wheatley were somewhat rude about the value of the instruction in map-reading I had received when I succeeded in leading the three of us into widespread bogs during a walk along the Cherwell recently ; my protests that I was not responsible for floods were, I regret, quite unheeded.
Fletcher reads French in the intervals between preparing to gain his wings in the Air Squadron and football , he is frequently to be found in the company of an Indian Prince of considerable wealth and Gilbertian name.
Bolsover has now recovered from the injury to his knee, which was the penalty he paid for being so misguided as to forsake soccer for rugger, and for endeavouring to bear the whole weight of the scrum himself. He spent a fortnight in hospital, from which he is known to have emerged surreptitiously on one occasion and to have proceeded to the nearest cinema in pyjamas, dressing gown, and a borrowed bathchair.
Beard has been driven out of his rooms at Merton for reasons I am not at liberty to disclose and now lives in an obscure cell attended by a semi-demented scout. Of the other scientists there is nothing I can say ; they manage to keep well hidden the occupations of their leisure hours and our courses seldom cross.
Of myself, the less said the better.
I am, sir,
G. S. HORNER.
To the Editor of THE MAGAZINE.
In writing this letter I have realised for the first time how difficult it is to give an account of the proceedings of Old Edwardians at a university, at the same time accurate and affording no grounds for a libel action. I have tried to strike a happy mean, but should anyone consider he has been slandered-I apologise.
Philip Rhodes has spent his time dissecting people and playing football, and his ukelele - the former, on occasions, for the University. G. H. Calvert is rarely to be seen during the daytime and gets up in time to have his dinner and retire to bed again. D. Mervyn Jones and G. W. Swift have acquired a military bearing this term due to O.T.C. parades and in their brief intervals of leisure chase ping-pong balls. Swift has also been keeping goal for Pembroke, while Mervyn scrapes his fiddle for the Trinity College orchestra.
Personally, I have been attempting to discover methods of getting into Trinity after twelve o'clock midnight. There are said to be fourteen recognised routes. The best known involves an arduous climb over the Master's Lodge and along the roofs. The authorities, however, discourage roof climbing as a hobby and the way is well protected with spikes so that one runs the risk of possible impalement on a moonless night or expulsion on a moonlit night.
We have had a few pleasant afternoons on the river in canoes. A punt was tried too-once. The characteristic feature of our punt was its general disinclination to proceed anywhere but towards a weir-broadside on to the current. After a twenty-minutes struggle against almost hopeless odds we were fortunate to regain the safety of the landing stage where we obtained a canoe in part exchange.
We have lived this term to the accompaniment of the incessant drone of aircraft engines. The pressure of work under war conditions has prevented us from taking part in the many pleasant peace-time activities of the University, but in spite of this I think we have enjoyed ourselves.
J. G. BOLTON.
R. TEANBY (1924-31), on 13th October, to
Miss Irene Ogden, of Blackpool.
J. N. BOOTH (1923-32), on 19th October, to Miss Sheila M. Gasson, of Rye.
P. G. ADAMS (1923-1929), on 7th September, to Miss K. Morris, of Sheffield.
A. W. L. RANGECROFT (1923-1929), on 7th September, to Miss Barbara M. Parkin.
(Additions and corrections, 1st July-1st December, 1940).
NIXON, P. D. (1925-33), Sergt. Observer, R.A.F.
RAVENHILL, M. (1922-29), Pilot Officer, R.A.F.
WILLIAMS, F. H. (1917-26), Surgeon Lt., R.N.
BOWMER, H. A. (1933-37), Sergt., R.A.F.
HOOLE, C. (1930-34), L/Cpl., R.A.O.C.
SADLER, W. F. (1924-30), Radio Officer, Merchant Navy.
CHARE, K. A. (1931-38). Naval Airman, Fleet Air Arm.
FEARNEHOUGH, R. C. (1920-27), 2nd Lt. Sherwood Foresters.
MOFFAT, R. C. (1933-39), Sergt. Observer, R.A.F.
KELSO, J. A. (1926-35), 2nd Lt., York & Lancs. Regt.
FEARNEHOUGH, R. C. (1920-27), 2nd Lt. Sherwood Foresters.
ROBERTS, R. (1926-36), Pilot Officer, R.A.F.
PARKER, D. (1922-1931), A/Squadron Leader, R.A.F., Distinguished Flying Cross.
ATKIN, R. W. (1930-1935). Royal Air Force.
AVERY, R. G. (1930-35), Gunner, Royal Artillery.
BARRAS, J. C. (1924-28), Royal Army Service Corps.
BISHOP, P. L. (1929-36), Telegraphist, Royal Navy.
BOWMER, J. D. (1933-38), R.A.F.
CUMMING, G. J. (1923-31), Royal Corps of Signals.
DARLEY, H. W. (1921-29), Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (N.Z.).
DAWSON, G. E. (1930-35). Cpl., Royal Army Pay Corps.
DENMAN, L. B. (1931-38), 2nd Lt., Duke of Wellington's Regt.
DICKENSON, J. H. (1927-35), Sub.Lt., Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.
ELLIOTT, C. M. (1929-34), Driver-Mech., Royal Artillery.
GEBHARD, I. S. (1929-37), 1st Officer, Merchant Navy.
GRAHAM, R. (1925-33), Royal Air Force.
GRAY, W. S. (1930-37), Royal Scots.
GREAToREx, G. (1930-35), Royal Army Service Corps.
GREEN, D. W. (1928-35), Cadet, Royal Engineers.
GREENING, G. M. P. (1932-36), Gunner, Royal Artillery.
HELLIWELL, C. (Master), Royal Armoured Corps.
HEMINGWAY, H. V. (1925-32), Wireless Officer, Royal Navy.
HOLDEN, A. (1929-38), Cadet, Indian Army.
HOPPER, P. H. (1930-37), Driver, R.A.S.C.
JEFFRIES, A. (1923-29), 2nd Lt. Royal Artillery.
LEESON, A. J. (1932-37), Corpl., Royal Engineers.
LEESON, R. G. (1933-39), Royal Air Force.
LoNGDEN, A. J. E. (1934-39), Corpl., West Yorks. Regt.
MAYO, B. (1931-39), Royal Corps of Signals.
MELDRUM, I. G. C. (1935-1938), Merchant Navy.
MOWER, M. H. (1928-34), Corpl., Royal Army Ordnance Corps.
OKELL, W. F. (1930-39), King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.
PARKER, D. (1922-31), Royal Air Force.
PEAT, T. A. (1925-30), Royal Air Force.
PRINS, C. A. L. (Master), L/Cpl., Field Security Wing.
ROBINSON, W. B. (1927-34), L/Cpl., Royal Corps of Signals.
ROME, D. D. (1932-36), Royal Corps of Signals.
RUSSELL, A. D. (1934-39), Aircraftsman, Royal Air Force.
SEDDON, R. H. (1926-32), Royal Army Ordnance Corps.
SHARPE, J. C. (1923-28), Royal Artillery.
SHAW, W. (1929-37), Sapper, Royal Engineers.
SOWTER, F. J. (1920-24), L/Sergt., Royal Artillery.
STEVENS, J. A. (1930-39), Pte., King's Own Yorks Light Infantry.
TAPPE, E. D. (Master), Royal Corps of Signals.
TAYLOR, M. H. (1928-35), 2nd Lt., Royal Corps of Signals.
TEANBY, R. (1924-31), Royal Army Service Corps.
THOMASSON, R. A. (1926-29), Lt., Royal Army Dental Corps.
VICKERS, H. R. (1923-29), Surgeon Lt. Commander, R.N.V.R.
WARD, D. B. (1931-37), Royal Artillery.
WARD, R. (Master), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
WATERHOUSE, A. A. (Master), Royal Armoured Corps.
WELCH, R. G. D. (1926-34), 2nd Lt., Royal Artillery.
WHITE, A. A. (1930-36), Gunner, Royal. Artillery.
WHITE, J. A. (1929-36), Gunner, Royal Artillery.
WILLIAMS, J. H. (1928-38), Royal Corps of Signals.
SIR ROBERT A. HADFIELD, Bart., F.R.S. (Sheffield Collegiate School), died on 30th September, 1940, aged 80. Almost from the time of his leaving the Collegiate School the name of Robert Hadfield was well known in Sheffield, and in becoming before he was thirty years old Chairman and Managing Director of the firm founded by his father he laid the foundations of a famous career of scientific and industrial service. As a metallurgical investigator his name is chiefly associated with the development of manganese steel and its application to numerous engineering and mechanical purposes, and in the academic field he devoted in his later years much study to the analysis of the specimens left by Faraday, the results of which are published in his book Faraday and his Metallurgical Researches. In 1914-18 his firm did important work in the manufacture of munitions arid armaments, and with Lady Hadfield he established and maintained a War Hospital at Wimereux. Among numerous British and foreign honours, he received in 1921 the John Fritz Medal, the highest distinction in the American engineering world, was knighted in 1908 and became a Baronet in 1917, was elected F.R.S. in 1909, Doctor in Metallurgy of Sheffield University, D.Sc. of Oxford and Leeds and Master Cutler of Sheffield in 1899.
CHARLES PADLEY (Wesley College), died on 7th October, 1940, aged 68.
Mr. Charles Padley was well known in Yorkshire for his proficiency and interest in lawn tennis. At Wesley College he was both a cricketer of distinction and twice winner of the Racquets Championship ; after leaving school he became Honorary Secretary of the Old Boys' Union and for several years brought his team of Old Boys to play the School at Football. A prominent player for the old Gardens Lawn Tennis Club and subsequently for the Hallamshire Club, he played for Yorkshire from 1911 to 1925, and in 1920 was runner-up, with C. W. Banks, in the Yorkshire Doubles. In 1927 he was President of the Yorkshire County Lawn Tennis Association and held the office of Chairman for a considerable time. He was a solicitor by profession, having retired from active work only a few years ago. In 1939 he became President of the Sheffield District Incorporated Law Society.
BRIAN PICKERSGILL (K.E.S. 1923-33), died on 31st August, 1940, aged 25.
Many of his friends had watched with anxiety the course of the illness which overtook Brian Pickersgill in September, 1939, when overstrain in the arduous conditions of work in a film studio at the beginning of the war brought on an acute pulmonary disease. After a year of hospital and sanatorium treatment in London and at home, he died in the course of a series of operations which might, in more favourable circumstances, have led to at least a partial recovery. A boy of no great mark in the classroom, " Pickie " pursued a way of his own which was productive of much benefit to the community and led to the beginnings of a promising career for himself. The School activities nearest to his heart were Scouting and the stage-management side of the Dramatic Society, and his hand, practical and artistic, contributed in no little degree to the achievements of both those institutions in one of their most prosperous periods. In the course of Scouting lie made his first experiments in cinematography, which proved to be his forte and ruling passion, and his films of scout life, which have been enjoyed by numerous troops and other audiences, eventually helped him to a post in the G.P.O. Film Unit. Having been Assistant Director for this Unit's very successful film North Sea. he was evidently more than making good in the career of his choice ; that it should have been thus cut short at a time when its usefulness, as well as its excitements, were bound to increase, is a public loss as well as a private grief to those who knew him.
PERCY DRYDEN NIXON (1925-33), was killed on active service on 20th July, 1940, aged 24.
Shortly after leaving School, Nixon was articled to a chartered accountant in the City, but in 1939 he chose a more adventurous life with the R.A.F. and in March of that year he joined the Service as an observer, being subsequently given the rank of sergeant. His interest in Scouting, which he had retained from schooldays, was evidenced while in Sheffield by his activity with the School Rover Crew, of which he was an active member for five years. He was made a Rover Mate in 1938 and appointed Treasurer. He did some very good work with the Sheffield Borstal Committee, on which body he was appointed the Crew's representative, and was still interested in the subject after joining the R.A.F.
After the outbreak of war he was engaged on many flights over enemy territory, and it was whilst on one of these that he met his untimely end. His unselfish service will long be remembered by the School which nurtured him.
MaLCOLM RAVENHILL (K.E.S. 1922-29), Pilot Officer, Royal Air Force, was killed in action on 30th September, 1940, aged 27.
Ravenhill left King Edward's from the Fifth Form and obtained an appointment with Messrs. Woolworth & Co., shortly becoming Assistant Manager of a branch in Glasgow. He joined the R.A.F. in 1938 and spent some time in training in Egypt. He fought at Dunkirk, where he shot down three enemy planes and met his death in an air battle over London. One of his hobbies was sketching and some of his work was recently published in the Services Magazine Blighty.
HARRY A. BOWMER (1933-1937), Sergt.-Observer, Royal Air Force, died on active service on 2nd August, 1940. Aged 24.
Harry Bowmer will be remembered by all his friends at School as a boy who enjoyed life himself and helped others to enjoy it. In the classroom, as a Patrol Leader in the Scouts, and as a member of Lynwood House teams, he was always cheerful and active and his quiet manner hid a keen sense of humour, an independent mind and a sturdy courage which no emergency could disturb. After he left School, Bowmer spent some time in a steel works and then in March, 1939, joined the R.A.F. He reached the rank of SergeantObserver in January, 1940. After two months' service with an Operational Squadron, he died in hospital from a fracture of the skull caused by a. fall from a building. His School friends will join with his family in grief for the sudden ending of a career of much promise.
THE Library continues to function successfully. The various subject libraries maintain their unostentatious efficiency, while in Room 38, we have an ever increasing flow of business. I would, however, take this opportunity to remind the School of the existence of a Senior Fiction Section. At present, our clients are mostly members of the Second and Third Forms and our trade mainly in Richmal Compton and Percy Westerman. To the more sophisticated, we can offer anything from Edgar Wallace to P. G. Wodehouse, while for those of maturer taste, the Senior Fiction Section contains works of more lasting merit.
These excellent facilities have been increased by the purchase of new books as well as by gifts from public-spirited persons - notably Parker, R. W. Many more boys might well dispose of their books in this excellent manner. Let it be remembered, however, that Room 38 is not a dumping ground for literary offal.
This Term, we have received a record sum by way of fines. Although in one way pleasant, this displays a certain lack of regularity and responsibility on the part of borrowers, which we would wish to be eradicated.
The Modern Language Library has been considerably enriched by the purchase of new books. The most important addition is an enlarged and improved edition of Cassel's German Dictionary, which fills a conspicuous gap. Several volumes of English criticism of German authors will be of inestimable value to boys whose knowledge of the language is inferior to their interest in the literature. The Library has continued to serve its usual restricted clientele.
J. K. O.
The History Library maintains its usual trade with members of the Modern Sixth and has gained an unwonted, though not unwanted, number of clients in the Modern Transitus and even in the Fifth.
Two new books have been added to its range. The one, volume three of the Cambridge Mediaeval History, is invaluable for students of the later Middle Ages. It provides a solid and indispensable background of political knowledge. The other, C. V. Wedgewood's Thirty Years' War, is an outstanding work, which does much to clarify an intricate period beloved of examiners. Its first chapter is a masterpiece and should on no account be missed by any pretending to a knowledge of the period.
This Term, four new hooks have been added to the Art Library and these by themselves are a good excuse for an immediate rush on the Librarian. The books include two large Phaidon Press volumes ; one of Michelangelo's sculptures and another of his paintings. These Phaidon Press books, of of which we possess the full series in the Art Library, are magnificently reproduced books, the reproductions being sometimes half as large as the original. One of the other works is a collection and criticism of the paintings of that strange Flemish genius Brueghel. The other book is the standard work on caligraphy Writing, Illuminating and Lettering, by Edward Johnston.
The Librarian this year is J. S. Roycroft, to whom applications to borrow books should be made at the Prefects' Room. In the past, only a few " worthies " in the two Upper Forms have used the Art Library. Now Middle School, it's up to you ! Create a record for the number of books borrowed in one year-it won't be difficult. All boys in the Fourth Forms and upwards may borrow books and all should combine to make this year one to be remembered in the history of the Art Library.
The issue of books has been very limited this Term. Texts for class reading have been borrowed by the Classical Transitus, but the historical and general reading sections have, for the most part, been neglected by all but the Classical Sixth, who has thus enjoyed a complete and uninterrupted freedom of choice. New books include the Oxford "Text edition of Terence, which fills a noticeable gap and Gilbert Murray's Aeschylus. This book, in our opinion, makes even more enjoyable reading than his Aristophanes. For this very acceptable gift we owe our thanks to Fletcher, whose timely help in the re-cataloguing of the Library during the Summer Holiday, is deeply appreciated. Our debt of gratitude to Horner can never be repaid. `Ve wish both Fletcher and him the best of luck in their University careers. The loss of Mr. Tappe, who has joined the Royal Corps of Signals, would have been even more greatly felt than it is, if we had not been so fortunate as to have Mr. Laughton, an Old Boy of the School, to carry on his good work.
J. B. T.
As is usual at the beginning of a new School Year, our first practice revealed several empty places amongst the violinists. G. H. Calvert, who has led the first violins so efficiently since 1938, has left and H. W. Stagg has taken his place. Both he and P. G. Hudson (who leads the second violins) have exhibited untiring and enthusiastic leadership throughout the Term, and have done much to encourage the playing of others and to maintain that high standard of sight-reading of which all members of the Orchestra may be justly proud.
Several new members have been enrolled during the term. Mr. A. P. Graham (Clarinet), D. A. J. Tyrrell (Clarinet), A. J. R. Tyrrell (Trumpet), A. L. Chappell (Violin), J. Picken (Violin), Miss J. Slight (Violin) and Mr. N. Cox (Bassoon) ; and in addition, several past members, including D. Sykes, R. G. S. Ludlam and D. M. Jones, have frequently assisted during the Thursday afternoon practices.
A considerable amount of time has been given over to the practising of Haydn's " Farewell " Symphony, three compositions by Elgar - the " Serenade " in G, the Wild Bears " and " March " (from the Wand o f Youth suites)-the " Shepherd King " Overture by Mozart and the lovely Aria " Che faro " by Gluck. Towards half-term a smaller Orchestra was chosen to practise the music of Trial by Jury and, in spite of the " black-out " (and its accompanying evils) and the very badly written manuscript copies, good progress has been made.
Thus does the School Orchestra continue to " flourish and abound." We are glad that large numbers of boys and a few of the Staff-have been attracted to the Assembly Hall Gallery every Thursday afternoon, and we shall be still more pleased when some of those eager listeners realize that their opportunity lies in front of them ! It is a good thing to listen, but it is not enough. The mastering (even in some small measure) of one musical instrument at least will stand the music-maker in good stead, when the more usual subjects in a school curriculum have become-for the moment perhaps-stale and unprofitable ; for, from the inexhaustible fountain of music, he will be in a position to refresh himself before returning with renewed vigour to the more prosaic tasks which lie before him.
CHESS may be approached in a variety of ways. It may be played superficially and brilliantly, or closely and with telling accuracy. There is the blindfold game and the game played by correspondence. The contests between experts may be re-lived from records of the moves made ; while end-game and problemsolving form an absorbing study.
There must be many who do not appreciate how much excitement and real fun this fascinating game can give, for otherwise the L.L.R. would be a very crowded place on Tuesday evenings. Blackout conditions and the jaded feeling at the end of a long schoolday are not conducive to extra effort ; but there are compensations, for the troubles of the outside world are temporarily forgotten and the elasticity and brightness that come with true recreation are recovered.
This Term activity, as the B.B.C. would say, has been on a small scale. The average attendance has been about ten, but it has comprised a few keen learners and some of the more seasoned players. The games competition has developed as well as could be expected, but several players subscribed to it no more than one game. Fifteen have taken part and the winner is Beech (VI), who incidentally was the most determined of the few who attempted the weekly problem.
We look forward to a keener spirit of competition next Term and still cherish the possibility of inter-House matches. H. R.
T HE Sixth Form Discussion Group welcomes to its deliberations the members of the Transitus Discussion Group, orphaned by the loss of Mr. Cumming. At the first joint meeting, held somewhat belatedly, on 18th November, Mr. Thrippleton introduced a discussion on " Reprisals." He declined to take up a definite standpoint, but gave an able resume of the various possible opinions. If he descended at all from his judicial impartiality, it was to express his sympathy for those who advocated the total and ruthless extirpation of a creed so radically opposed to our own as that of the Nazis. "Amalek must perish," he quoted. A warm discussion ensued, some maintaining that indiscriminate bombing would only infuriate the populace and raise their "morale," while others, of the school of Mr. Dronfield, contended that "morale" was so much propaganda, and that determined bombing would bring the German people to their knees. Attention was then turned to the moral aspect of the problem. One party was of opinion that there was no essential difference between bombing a school and beating out the children's brains with a club, while against this it was argued that morality was to be judged not by effects, but by intention. Mr. Olivant drew a parallel between bombing and manslaughter. Perhaps the truth of the matter is that anything which conduces to victory must partake of the moral sacrosanctity we have accorded to war. The real moral choice is between total war and uncompromising pacifism.
A second discussion on "Are we a Democracy ? " was introduced by Mr. Beech on Friday, 29th November, but the details are not at hand at the time of going to press.
Attendance has been only moderate, the absence of scientists being particularly conspicuous. We invite all members of the Sixth and Transitus to attend the meetings of this Society, where they will gain not only entertainment but, we hope, education.
We wish to thank Mr. Petter, who has for several years presided at our deliberations with much skill and patience, while we are certain that when we lose him, Mr. Bradley will prove an able successor.
THIRTY-FIVE members were present at the Annual General Meeting, held in the Large Lecture Room on 29th August, at which Mr. Redston presided. It was almost unanimously decided that the annual subscription should be raised from 3d. to 6d. to meet increased cost of postage and also to allow for the increased correspondence due to the difficulty in arranging visits. Mr. Redston suggested that the visits, which would of necessity be fewer during the coming year, should be supplemented by lectures on nights convenient to the members.
The first visit of the season was to Batchelor's Pea Canning Factory at Wadsley Bridge, on the afternoon of Wednesday, 11th September. This is a fairly new factory and is not yet fully completed. The equipment is very modern and the striking thing about the factory is the extreme cleanliness of the place. On Wednesday, 2nd October, a party visited the Queen's Road Tram Sheds, where both the making and repairing of buses and trams were seen.
With the short notice given of Half-Term, it proved impossible to arrange the usual Half-Term visit ; but a very interesting visit was made to the Sheffield Works of Walker and Hall, Limited, the electro-plate manufacturers.
A further visit was made by a small party on 6th November to the Sewage Disposal Plant at Wincobank. This proved to be one of the best visits of the season and it is a pity that House matches were unexpectedly played on this afternoon, as many members missed the visit, having to play for their House teams.
These visits have been supplemented by two lectures : one by Mr. Graham during the first half of the Term, on " The Origin of Life," and one by Mr. Burnet, a lecturer in Engineering at Sheffield University, on " Engineering Workshop Processes." Both the lectures were delivered in such an interesting and clear way that they were fully appreciated by those who had no previous knowledge of the subjects.
Finally, it must be again stated that notices concerning the activities of the Society are posted on the notice board opposite the Masters' Cloakroom, not merely for general decoration, but in order that they may be read.
A T the time of writing, the Gramophone Club has held two meetings this Term. At the first, Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D, was played. Unfortunately only a very few were present to hear this great work admirably recorded by Kreisler and the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Barbirolli.
At the second meeting a lecture on " How to listen to music," was given by Mr. Corner. There was a very good attendance, which, we hope, will be maintained. In his lecture, Mr. Corner dealt largely with elementary principles. He divided music into two types, " mental and sentimental," and explained how greater enjoyment could be obtained from the former type. He urged his audience to persevere in their listening to music, as in this way only would they increase their enjoyment of it. It is intended to hold a meeting on Tuesday, 17th December, when records will be played, to illustrate more fully Mr. Corner's lecture.
Next Term it is intended to hold a series of lectures, illustrated with records, on the lives of the great composers and their works. I should like to take this opportunity of thanking Mr. Petter for the trouble he has taken and is taking to arrange programmes.
J. K. O.
AFTER a virtual lapse of over a year owing to war conditions, the Tuesday Club has been revived this Term, and is now in a more flourishing state than ever. The new policy of less frequent but brighter meetings has resulted in attendance increased far beyond pre-war standards.
This year the president is J. D. M. Hides and the secretary F. Fenton. Up to the time of writing there have been four meetings; at the first three short stories by popular writers were read by Senior members. At the fourth Mr. Corner very kindly gave a highly interesting and often amusing lecture on a visit to Canada which he recently made, illustrating it with lantern slides. If possible, we hope to organise in the near future a social ; at other meetings we hope to hold debates on varied topics. We have had a very successful Term, thanks mainly to Mr. Petter, and next Term we hope to continue, if possible, with an even better attendance.
M. J. F.
All our matches have been closely fought and most enjoyable, although we have lost a high percentage of them. Middleton has proved his capabilities as Captain of Football time and time again and his fine example has been an inspiration to all. Shooting practice is essential for the 1st XI : " near misses " are useless on the football field. Success has crowned the efforts of the 2nd XI, who have won most of their games. A considerable number of promising players is responsible for this and they will make a really strong 1st Xl in the near future. The House has suffered a great loss by the tragic death of Gordon Strange. He will be remembered by all as a cheerful boy of promising scholastic abilities. His position as left half-back in the 1st XI will not be easily filled : in work and in play he performed his duty with vigour and thoroughness. He was a true Scout.
Although Christmas is near, Cricket must have the first mention in these Notes. We must admit that we achieved little distinction at Cricket. We were dismissed from the knock-out competition in the second round and finished fourth in the Inman Cup. We have, however, several young players who should serve us well in future years. We have pleasure in congratulating Stamp on gaining his 1st XI Colours and Dronfield and Allsop on gaining their 2nd XI Colours. Fives is in a flourishing state : our Under 14 pair were narrowly beaten in the final. We must congratulate Frost on winning the Under 14 Fives Championship and Saxby on reaching the Final..
Our Football teams this year have shown excellent form and if they continue to play as well as they have done in their first four matches there is no reason why all three Football Cups should not repose in the Chatsworth cupboard.
Finally we say good-bye to Horner, who left us at the end of last Term. He has given us every reason to wish to have him with us longer, but every member of Chatsworth will join in wishing him the best of luck.
This year our Football team has been severely crippled by the loss of Hutton, Jeffries and Chamberlain. We have, however, put up a creditable performance in the matches already played and shall probably get a high place in the League. Unfortunately we cannot continue our record of winning the Championship this year, but it is hoped to resume our old standard next year. Our Swimming team also has suffered through the loss of Hutton, but there are several younger members of the House from whom we may expect good places in the Swimming Sports. With practise, our Water Polo team should show a considerable improvement on last year. At Fives we stand a good chance of winning the Over 14 Championship and it is hoped that Under 14 players will practise sufficiently to enable us to win that too.
In spite of the loss of L. W. Fletcher and G. W. Swift, to whom we wish every success in their future careers, our 1st XI Football team has played well this season and has only lost one match and that against Chatsworth, when we lost 2-1 ; we are placed second in the League, leading Welbeck on goal average.
With regard to Fives, we have several competent players over 14, but at the moment none under 14. Any boys who wish to learn to play Fives should see either Townsend or Trotter.
Congratulations to Collins, W. H., on being chosen to play for the School at Water Polo. This is a game which has not yet been taken seriously by Haddon, in spite of the fact that there are very few people in the House who do not swim. Boys who wish to learn this game should see Townsend.
The House has suffered the loss of Mr. Saville, who left us at the end of last' Term. We all wish him a happy retirement.
The House extends a cordial and hearty welcome to Mr. Baker, who takes Mr. Saville's place as Housemaster. He has already shown his keenness and interest in the House by his unfailing attendance at all House Matches so far played.
The House was very badly hit by the number of boys leaving last Term and is consequently this year one of the youngest Houses. However, it is very gratifying to note the great keenness shown by the younger boys. We welcome all the new boys added to the House this Term. We expect them to enter into all House activities as vigorously as they have done into Football. It is the duty of everybody medically fit to learn how to swim. A great number of entries for both the Senior and junior CrossCountries next Term is required. Anyone desiring to learn to play Fives can get instruction from J. G. Oliver.
At the time of writing the 1st XI is fifth in the table and the 2nd XI fourth. These are quite creditable performances but the 3rd XI will have to make a greater effort in the remaining games.
Last Term, it was with great regret that we said farewell to J. G. Bolton, who left us to go to Cambridge. In all ways, he was an excellent House Captain and will always be remembered for his successful guidance of the Cricket teams to victory in the League Competition, and also for his redoubtable play in Water Polo. He was in no small way responsible for our winning the Water Polo Cup and the Melling Relay Cup, and should do very well at Cambridge. The whole House wishes him the best of luck. This Term we said goodbye to E. A. Jones, M. W. Johnson and L. Johnson, and wish them good luck too.
It might be thought that, with all these stalwarts of the Football team missing, we should have a poor season. But the 1st XI is at present fourth in the League table. The 2nd and 3rd XI's though, are precariously near the bottom of their tables. There should be much more keenness among these elevens. They can finish considerably higher in their tables if they try harder, and we look to them to do it. The 1st XI is setting a good example.
Looking ahead, anyone who wishes to learn Water Polo, or who wants to improve his swimming, should apply to J. S. Roycroft at the Prefects' Room.
After a very unsuccessful Football. season, Welbeck began to show its capabilities in the Athletic Sports and at Cricket. That we were fourth in the Sports was largely due to the success of entrants for 12-14 and 14-15 events. As usual, there was a very poor entry for the Open events, and it is to be hoped that this lack of enterprise in the Upper Forms will be remedied next year.
The most unsuccessful Cricket eleven was the 1st XI, although it had several hard matches ; this lack of success was probably due to the large number of boys playing in the School 1st and 2nd XI's. The 2nd X1 was more successful, while the 3rd XI won four of its seven matches, one of the teams beaten being Arundel, who were alleged to be the strongest team. The most encouraging sign was the enthusiasm with which all teams played and we look forward to greater success in the League next Summer. The House finished the Cricket season by winning the Knock-Out Competition and thus we have, at last, a trophy in our cupboard, which has been empty for many months. The success of the team more than once hung in the balance, but thanks to both the younger and the more experienced players, we beat Arundel in the final with three wickets in hand.
Congratulations to Gilfillan, G. R., on being elected School Football Captain and thus House Football Captain. Under his leadership, the 1st XI Football team is making up for the defeats of last season and, having lost one match, against Chatsworth, is third in the league. We have every hope of improving our position before the end of the season. In contrast with this success we find that the 3rd XI has won one match and the 2nd none. Even if they cannot win cups this season, there is still time for them to reach a more respectable position and we look forward to some hard-fought victories. There was a fairly good turn-out to House practices at the beginning of the Term ; unfortunately Gilfillan and Olivant have been too busy, (luring the past few weeks, to give coaching.
Congratulations to Bird, J. D., on being elected Fives Captain and to Snowden, F. C., on being elected Swimming Captain. We wish them every success in their somewhat arduous tasks and hope they will be well supported. Boys who would like to learn Water Polo are advised to see Snowdon, in Room 67. There are plenty of gaps in the Water Polo team for promising players. Fives, too, is a game which has not been taken seriously by Welbeck in recent years. Fives is a thoroughly good game ; but as in all other games, " Practice makes perfect "-or nearly. We hope young boys will remember that a trophy is awarded to the winners of the Under 14 House Fives Championship as well as of the Open Championship. Boys who wish to learn Fives should see Bird.
As far as the 1st and 2nd XI's are concerned, the play has been disappointing, yet in the last two matches, namely, against Lynwood and Sherwood, the 1st have combined much better. The 3rd XI, under the leadership of McWhinnie, are at the top of the table, having won all their matches. Next Term, there are the Sports and this time there must be an increase in the number of entries if we are not to bring up the rear, particularly in the Cross Country, for which members of Wentworth are usually loth to enter. There are several promising runners in the House who will improve with training. However, for the moment we must concentrate on Football and when Swallow and Armatys return to the 1st next Term, we shall probably get better results.
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OLD EDWARDIANS' ASSOCIATION.-Hon. Secretary, G. A. BOLSOVER, 70, Queen Street, Sheffield.
O.E. FOOTBALL CLUB-All boys leaving School who wish to join should communicate with the Hon. Secretary, E. W. SIVIL, 39, Canterbury Avenue, Sheffield, 10.
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