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|School Notes||409||The Library||434|
|School Chapel Service..||413||Swimming||443|
|Derwentwater, 1941||414||More Term-End Puzzles||443|
|K.E.S. Farm Camp||416||House Notes||445|
|Air Training Corps||417||Junior School||447|
|Air Scouts||418||Old Edwardians||448|
|Luxury||420||O.E. Roll of Service||448|
|A Hole in the Road||423||Bakewell Camp Accounts||452|
|Scrap Book||424||Solutions to Puzzles||453|
|Boys of Brookfield||426||Notices||454|
|School Societies||427||(Subscription Form).|
THE following are the new members of the Staff, to whom we offer a very hearty welcome :-Mr. G. H. Claypole, M.A. (Oxon.), formerly of Birkenhead School, has been appointed as Senior English Master, thus relieving Mr. Clay of one half of the load which he has carried with such distinction and success for the last fifteen years. The Modern Language side, losing simultaneously Messrs. Bradley, Fletcher and Corner, has gained in exchange Miss E. Paneth, B.A. (London), Miss F. J. Williams, B.A. (Manchester), L. es L. and Mr. A. Svart, stud.mag., B.A. ; Mrs. M. Nott, B.A. (Durham), succeeds Mr. Howard ; the Art and Manual departments are in the hands, respectively, of Miss B. H. Steward and Mr. W. G. Tory ; and Major C. S. Axon, who was temporarily in charge of P.T. here a few years ago, returns to that position vice Mr. Whiteley.
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One other addition to the Staff we have great pleasure in recording, and offer a hearty welcome to the son of Mr. and Mrs. G. S. V. Petter, born at Altrincham on November 26th.
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The following are Prefects : R. V. Townsend (Head Prefect and Football Secretary), E. W. Beech (Librarian and Cricket Secretary), J. E. Middleton (Captain of Football), J. M. Cotton (Captain of Fives and Swimming), J. A. Howarth (Fives Secretary), W. A. Marrian, J. G. Denman, J. A. Medley, B. D. Armatys, R. Dronfield.
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We congratulate E. W. Beech and E. P. Sutton on winning Hastings Scholarships at Queen's College, Oxford, the former for History and the latter for Natural Science.
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The institution of a weekly House Meeting for prayers followed by discussion of House business, in place of the usual morning Assembly on Wednesdays, is having the desired effect of reminding boys of their membership of, and duty to, their Houses, and of simplifying the House Captains' task in arranging their teams for the afternoon's matches.
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We extend our sincere sympathy to G. Macbeth and K. Middleton, who have suffered bereavement as the result of sporadic air attacks on this district.
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The School heartily congratulates Pilot Officer David Fulford on being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross-the second such honour so far known to have fallen to an Old Edwardian. In a different field, we note with very great pleasure and pride the appointment of Philip Rhodes as Captain of the Cambridge University A.F.C., and the award of a Wartime Blue in the same club to G. R. Gilfillan.
There has not been a School Play, in the sense of a full-length production, since March, 1940, but its place was taken by the next best (if not better) thing in the summer holidays, when an enterprising company calling themselves the Victory Players, and including a number of Edwardians past or present, presented " Paddy the Next Best Thing," on the School stage. Artistically, they were fully as successful as they could hope to be with a rather cumbrous play of the pre-1914 era, and practically their venture resulted in a substantial profit for a War Charity. L. H. Truelove deserves sincere congratulations for his capable direction of the whole affair.
The entertainment for this Term is to be another mixed bag of plays and music, which either will or will not have taken place by the time this is in print.
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The School Collection, in aid of Mrs. Churchill's Red Cross Aid to Russia Fund, realised the splendid total of £70 2s. 9d.
JOHN DRINNAN (1919-1928) died at Edinburgh on 31st July, 1941. Aged 30.
John Drinnan was a Prefect in his last year at School and shortly after leaving went to King's College, London, where he obtained the degree of B.Sc. in Engineering and was President of the Engineering Society of the College in 1931-32. He joined the firm of Babcock and Wilcox and spent some years with them at Renfrew and in London. He then obtained an appointment with an engineering firm in Edinburgh with whom he was to be trained for the post of Works Manager, and after about four years with this firm he met his death as the result of an accident at the works. He was married in June, 1938, and leaves three children. His modest and manly character as a boy won him many friends here, who will sympathise deeply with his relatives in their loss.
JOHN BERNARD HALLAM PRYCE (1908-1916) died on 10th September, 1941. Aged 42.
J. B. H. Pryce was senior partner of Messrs. Benson Burdekin and Company, a member of the Old Edwardians' Association of which he had been Honorary Secretary shortly after the Great War, a member of the Hallamshire Lodge of Freemasons, a director of Sickleholme Golf Club and an Officer in the Hope Valley Home Guard. During the last war he served as Second Lieutenant and was wounded. As Honorary Secretary of the Old Edwardians' Association he did valuable work in the reconstruction of the Association after the War, and was also a member of the O.E's Cricket Club. He leaves a widow and two children.
ROBERT HUGH DAVID WILLIAMS (1929-37), Able Seaman, R.N., was killed in action in July, 1941. Aged 21.
Although he had been recommended for a commission, Williams preferred the life of an A.B., and in this rank he had seen service in several theatres of war before taking part in the bombardment of Genoa. In an air attack on his ship, H.M.S. Fearless, he was wounded, with eight others, at his action station and died on the following day. His Commander has described him as a popular seaman and a great sportsman-he held his ship's record as a goal-scorer.
PHILIP NORMAN HORNER (1928-36), Corporal, Royal Engineers, was killed on active service in September, 1941. Aged 22.
A quiet and studious boy at school, Philip Horner had become an articled student in engineering, and had joined the Royal Engineers shortly after the beginning of the war. A minor accident at the port of embarkation in a troopship, in which he was the only casualty, was the unfortunate cause of his death.
THOMAS DAVID SNAPE (1932-37), Sergt. Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, was killed in November, 1941. Aged 20.
Snape had been an apprentice at Messrs. Steel, Peech and Tozer, and had joined the R.A.F.V.R. before the outbreak of war. He had seen service in more than one notable action, having been engaged in the attack on the Bismarck, and in the Berlin raid which resulted in the loss of thirty-seven of our planes. His death was the result of an accident and he was buried at home with military honours.
GEOFFREY GODDARD LEE (1930-37), Sergt. Observer, Royal Air Force, is reported missing and believed killed in action in July, 1941. Aged 22.
All who knew him have been deeply grieved by the news of Geoff. Lee's death. At King Edward's he was one of those boys who, by the many-sidedness of their interests and the -willingness with which they join in every kind of activity, contribute so much to the life of the School. He was a competent scholar ; he represented his House, Haddon, in Cricket, Football and Swimming, and was a member of the Choir and Dramatic Society ; his work for the School Scout Troop was invaluable and, after he left, he kept up his interest in Scouting as a member of the Rover Crew. In 1937 he went up to Sheffield University with a Scholarship to read Law ; while there he became articled to the Town Clerk, and took the degree of LL.B. in 1940. On leaving the University he joined the R.A.F. as an observer and was reported missing after a daylight operation in July, 1941. Always extremely modest about his own achievements, he was one of whom the School may well be proud and his many friends will always remember his unfailing good humour, quiet wit, and his shrewd and balanced judgement in every situation.
THE School Chapel Service was held on October 12th, the sermon being preached by the Rev. O. S. Tomkins, Vicar of Holy Trinity, Millhouses.
The theme of the service was the unity of Christendom and the contribution which Christianity can make and is making to the cause of world peace and reconstruction. Mr. Tomkins, from his experience of Christian fellowship in many lands, was particularly well fitted to convey this lesson, and he succeeded in holding the attention and inspiring the imagination of all his hearers by his vivid sketches of Christian gatherings under the shadow of war. The war, he said, was being waged on two fronts ; and on the front of which he was particularly speaking, the spiritual front, the defeat of Hitlerism was never in doubt. The power of Christian unity was continually being demonstrated, notably in the fellowship between the Christian bodies in China and Japan, and even in Germany ; and in the corporate witness of Christians in all lands lay the world's greatest-and indeed only-hope of regeneration.
The Service of Remembrance and Dedication was held on Armistice Day, November 11th, and followed the lines of that held last year. The Roll of Honour of 1914-18 was read, followed by the names of those who have lost their lives in the present war. The Two Minutes Silence was observed, and wreaths were laid on the Memorial by the Honorary Secretary of the Old Edwardians' Association and by the Head Prefect. A contingent of the Balloon Barrage was present under the command of Flight Lieutenant Monro.
TWO friends were staying in Keswick for their summer holidays. It was late August, and rather cool. They were fond of hiking and planned to go to Watendlath, over the hill to Rosthwaite, and down the Borrowdale Valley. A steep track branched off the Borrowdale Road to the left a couple of miles from Keswick. Up this beautiful path they climbed, until they came across " George," the local tramp, standing by a gate. He smiled at them with his bronzed face, and they smiled back with their red faces, for it was a hard climb. They were ready for a rest, and " George " was, as ever, ready for a chat.
" It's going to be fine," he remarked, as he swung the gate open ; " the clouds are rising." When they told him where they were going, he said : " It's reight bonny up yon'," for truly, the Borrowdale Valley is famed for its beauty. By the time the hikers were ready to move on, however, they were astonished to see the old tramp in his element, just starting to relate his knowledge of dialects. It started to rain and they used this as an excuse to move on. Passing over Ashness Bridge, they felt regret at not being able to see the beautiful view of the lake. The winding track had many gates, and climbed for a mile or so. Then it began to go down, and the ramblers were surprised to see a valley below them. The road wound round the left of the valley, a stream on the right, and in the middle of this wild hidden valley was a comparatively flat field, in which about twenty tents were pitched. ' By this time the rain was coming down very heavily, and they decided to seek shelter in the camp.
They spied a tent in the middle of the field with' an awning over the door, and made for that.
"Aha " said one, " the grub tent."
A head appeared through the door to see who was there.
" Do you mind if we shelter here until the rain passes off a bit ? " asked one.
" Not at all," answered the Scout, who was feeling very wet and rather annoyed at the cheek some people had. The ice was soon broken, however, and so many questions were put to the Scout by the interested hikers, that he eventually told them all about the camp.
" We have been here nearly a month," he began. " Half the troop came the first -fortnight, and the other half the second fortnight. Seven of us have been here the whole month."
" What have we done? We have not had many games, as it has been too wet, but we have been several hikes. I will tell you about the weather-we take a great interest in that now. We have had seven days without any rain at all, and six of them were in the first ten days. Yes, we have had a wet time: The longest stretch .of rain was twelve days. It has been windy as well. One day we were blown out of camp. It was very cold early in the morning, and after breakfast we all did our best to get warm. The wind increased and shouts were heard as the first tent collapsed. All the small tents were blown down, for thin poles could not stand the strain, and old canvas ripped like rag. All kit had to be moved into an old barn, where we had lunch and tried to dry our clothes. Apart from the condition of kit and damage to tents, however, everybody was in high spirits while clearing up tents or securing those which were still up. Canvas buckets and aluminium bowls vanished towards the river and scout hats, followed by scouts, were seen merrily on the run every minute.
It is not as bad as it sounds, however. There is a thrill in going to bed at night with lashed tent poles, twice as many guys and pegs in your tent as usual, and not knowing when you will hear a snap, a rip, a shout, or feel wet canvas on your face. As you look at a roaring fire cooking a dixie full of porridge you forget the trouble you had in lighting it.
Yes, hiking is grand in this district. We have been two hikes altogether, but individuals are always spending a night away from camp. The first hike we went was up Great Gable. It was a very hot day. Fifteen started off to Watendlath and over the hill to Rosthwaite. We went up the Borrowdale Valley and turned right at the end of the road up a very steep road, Honister Pass. The four smallest ones decided here that they had come far enough, and returned to camp. The eleven remaining set their teeth and climbed an old quarry railway, which went straight up a hillside. At the top we had a rest on the scorched earth, while the A.S.M. muttered something about lemonade on tap and where he would build houses when he retired.
The second hike was up Skiddaw, the mountain north of Keswick. It was a beautiful climb, with no steep paths or rock-climbing. The view from the top was magnificent ; we saw the sea quite plainly on either side, the Solway Firth to the north and Morecambe Bay to the south, and the mountains of the Lake District appeared like a model below us.
What do we do all day? The time passes very quickly. When it is fine we play ` stumps,' our version of cricket. We have had several wide games, stalking and `raiding,' and a signalling competition in which patrols signalled a question from the camp up the valley to Watendlath and an answer back again. Swimming facilities, however, are rather poor, for there is only a pool a few feet deep near the camp."
The rain had now stopped and a wind was sweeping up the valley. The hikers left the Quarter Master in the midst of his tins of food, and made their way through the wet field. There was a fresh smell in that valley after the rain ; the Union Jack, despite the wind's efforts, was flapping very limply, while the smoke was being blown up the valley from three fires, each cooking potatoes, beans and " ready dinners " to satisfy twenty-five incredible appetites.
D. V. P.
THIS year the School held a Farm Camp at Bakewell, on the site of last year's Camp, from 28th July to 23rd August. The Camp consisted of two Masters and twenty boys. The number of boys, however, gradually decreased until, in the fourth week, only eleven were left.
By nightfall on Monday, 28th July, the Camp had been pitched -and then " The Rains Came," and continued to do so every day for the ensuing four weeks. Next day the farming began. Weeding, scything and transplanting were the main jobs and it is a credit to the Camp that only one scything accident took place. For the first few days we had red currants and bilberries as the second course of the evening meal. This proved rather expensive. Towards the end of the first week, several of the campers went to the Opera House at Buxton to see the Sadlers Wells Opera Company. It was there that a swarthy Italian was seen and thereby hangs a story . . . . The variety of hats was amazing, but " Emma s " fez was the most spectacular. What Derbyshire folk thought of us when we cycled to work in peculiar headgear and clothing must be very interesting and amusing. The nightly dash to the pictures was an entertainment in itself. It is placed on record that "Splash" spent the major part of one wet night asleep against the tent fabric -with inevitable result ! Bish " grew a beard during the first_ fortnight but refused to repeat the performance. One farming party had to work on a farm which Mr. Smith described as being another " Wuthering Heights "-a very apt description ! Mr. G. J. Chambers, one of the Royal Grammar School Governors, came and stayed with us for a week and gave valuable assistance in cooking and in gathering wood.
Of the second fortnight one or two incidents stand out above the rest. Will the Camp ever forget how " Hick " rejoiced over horse mushrooms which he found " growing " at the door of his tent on two consecutive mornings ; how egg substitute powder was once mistaken for custard powder and how, after rectification, it proved to be the richest custard we had during the whole month ? Occasional entertainment was provided by the " Lincolnshire Poachers." Another diversion was given by Mac when he landed in the middle of one of the tents. One mystery which still remains unsolved was how Mr. Ross managed to get supplies of oranges, chocolate and figs from the Bakewell shops.
Thanks are due to Mr. Gambles, for the loan of a small marquee without which the Camp would have experienced great hardships ; to Mr. Smith, for his expert cooking and unfailing energy and spirit ; to Mr. Atkins for his efficiency ; to Mr. Ross and Mr Hickox ; to Mr. Chambers, for the loan of some equipment. Thanks are also due to the Scouts for most of the camping gear ; also to others too numerous to mention.
P. H. B.
THE number of cadets in the A.T.C. has become somewhat stabilised now with fewer members of the School than one would expect. However, those who have a firm desire to join the R.A.F. in the future, attend regularly and seem to enjoy the variety of instruction offered. Thirty-seven cadets, of whom thirty are either members of the School or Old Edwardians, are sitting for the Proficiency Star examination this month.
We welcome talks from those who have already experienced life in the Air Force and thoroughly enjoyed a breezy and very instructive address from Sub.-Lt. M. V. Saville on life and training in the Fleet Air Arm. We have also paid a visit to an Operational Squadron. Here we were shown how a parachute is released, a
bomb carrier, with a demonstration of how the bombs are released by the pressing of a button, and the Link Trainer in which the pilots get their initial training in manipulation of a plane. Every cadet walked along the fuselage of a Wellington bomber and all were amazed at the number of wires, pipes and struts, etc., contained in the plane. The cadets were entertained to dinner and tea, and the Menu that day happened to include " Chicken and Two Vegetables." We are promised more frequent visits and an opportunity for flying.
Sport is not neglected. The Squadron has a football team and a full list of fixtures with other. squadrons. At a parade and Athletic Sports meeting held at the end of the summer by the eleven Sheffield squadrons, the K.E.S. team gained second place. The gate money for this display realised L150 for the R.A.F. Benevolent Fund.
The first Annual Sports Meeting of the A.T.C. Sheffield Wing was held on Saturday, 27th September, 1941, on the Police Recreation Ground, at Owlerton. The King Edward VII Squadron was represented in the 440 Yards, 200 Yards, 100 Yards and Medley Relay Races, the Long Jump and High Jump, Throwing the Cricket Ball, the Mile, Half-Mile and Quarter-Mile. Cadet Oliver won the High jump with 5 feet 1 inch, and was second in the Mile. Cadet Artindale won the 440 Yards. All the Squadron's relay teams qualified for their finals and ran brilliantly to reduce the lead in points of the Firth Park and Nether Edge Squadrons. The King Edward VII Squadron teams won the 440 Yards Relay, came second in the 220 Yards Relay, and third in the 100 Yards and Medley Relay races. By these fine performances they overhauled the Nether Edge Squadron and beat it by 22 points to 21. However, the Firth Park Squadron gained 28 points, and thus won the " Goodwin " Bowl.
THE School Air Scout Section was founded by Mr. Gaskin very early last year, the first A.S. Section in Sheffield. Soon after the movement was started, four patrols were formed, the Kestrels, Merlins, Skuas and Snipes (now Albatrosses). When the troop had four full patrols, about thirty scouts in all, the troop was closed, and no more members admitted. Weekly meetings are held on Thursdays in the Hut, and there is a Court of Honour patrol leaders and seconds-every month. A library for the Air Scouts was founded early this year, in charge of P/L Gill, and it now contains about 100 books, mostly on aeroplanes and aircraft recognition. Panels have been allotted to the patrols in the Hut. Lectures have been given to would-be airspotters by Booth and Sutton, and illustrated by lantern. Mr. McKay has given us a talk on "Aircraft Navigation," and Mr. Carter, the A.T.C. Adjutant, has drilled us in marching. Two scouts, P. L. Burnet and, Sec. Buckler, have gained the Spotter Badge-one of the four special A.S. badges- and several will probably be taking it in the near future.
On Saturday, October 6th, a visit to an aerodrome in Yorkshire was arranged, and we travelled there by private bus immediately after morning school. We were met by Sergeant Smith, who was in charge of us during our visit. He first took us to a large hangar, in which a Wellington bomber was undergoing repair. We were allowed inside the bomber, two at a time, and a mechanic, who was busy inside the plane, showed us the controls in the pilot's cabin, and explained anything we wished to ask about. There is surprisingly little room inside the plane in comparison with the size of a Wellington. The mechanic then went into the tail-turret, and turned it round so that we could see through the turret doors which faced outside the plane. He showed us how to fire the guns, and how to turn the turret-only power-operated when the engines are going. There is hardly any room at all in the tail-turret, and the rear-gunner has to get in through the doors feet first, for once inside, be cannot turn round.
We were then taken to a Hampden, which was also under repair. The tail had been dismantled from the body as if it had been cut off. We weren't allowed to go inside this plane, only to inspect it closely from the outside, and ask Sergeant Smith questions. There was an Avro Anson, which unfortunately was to undergo a " major inspection," so that we weren't allowed to approach. Both trainers and bombers were taking off and landing almost incessantly while we were there. Most of them were Wellingtons, Ansons and Lysanders. The Sergeant took us to the mess after we had finished, where we were given a good tea before leaving. We hope to pay a second visit, if we are allowed, to spend another instructive afternoon.
Meanwhile, we continue our Scouting, going on towards the First Class and other badges. A model-making section has started, and a pole has been erected for flying the models round.
R. J. L.
Many of the School Scouts are finding it increasingly difficult to fit themselves out with uniform : this is due not so much to the rise in prices as to the necessity for coupons. We therefore ask all those who have any part of the uniform to spare, outgrown or " part-worn " or not now in use, to send it along to me at the School, so that it can be used second-hand. Senders should attach a label stating the price, which will be forwarded. This applies to all parts of the Scout Uniform, including hat, belt, badges and everything.
A. W. G.
" LUXURY is the aim of life." The author of this challenging remark leaned back in his armchair and smiled with satisfaction. Before him lay the Sunday Digest, which contained his maiden article. " That will make them take notice," he said to the cat which was dozing comfortably near the fire. The cat took no notice, but other people did.
Many of his readers, shocked, turned up their dictionaries, hoping to save the writer's soul by finding some respectable meaning for the word. A great gloom descended on them when they found "Habitual indulgence in dainty and expensive pleasures." Looking no further, they turned their eyes upon the newspaper lying on the table ; most of them saw some dreadful tale of suicide, and many of these-for it is surprising how many people of tender conscience read that mammoth of journalism, the News of the World-many of these saw the tragic story of Victor Smythe. This poor young man, deep in debt, blackmailed by some person unknown, believed to be a woman, had drunk himself into a stupor and then, -here a certain Mr. Thomson grunted with annoyance ; he had lit his pipe with the next piece. He had thought it was only a piece about the Russian front, or else he would have been more careful. The more fortunate, however, read on then he had cut his throat. They put the paper aside and turned with fresh interest to the magazine article which promised to be shocking.
Indeed they were disgusted, for the author continued : " I do not hereby countenance prodigal living ; I put that down to a vain attempt to escape boredom and an utter ignorance of the art of life." They took up their Sunday newspapers. They could escape boredom anyway. .
The article, speaking to a sadly reduced public, went on : " In my opinion perfect living means satisfaction in all things---- " but here its Presbyterian, Salvationist and strict Methodist readers put it down. It was Sunday. The man's very opening had annoyed them. The people next door had a music hall programme rioting gaily over the wireless, and now the fellow talked of satisfaction in all things. That was too much. Having no newspaper they kicked the cat and prepared for chapel. Mrs. Parry pulled on her black gloves savagely. That Mrs. Williams ! In Mrs. Parry's sitting room, listening to the Tuesday re-broadcast : she always laughed at the jokes before they were finished ; didn't bring her own tea, either !
The article was not beaten yet ; it still had some public, and continued : " satisfaction in all things in so far as that does not imply ultimate injury to the subject himself "-here the writer's intellectual readers nodded appreciatively, but not for long-" the subject himself or other people." That was the fatal phrase. The magazine went on the fireplace. " One of those socialist cranks, always thinking of others. Bah ! Put him in a bus queue, or near a blackleg cut-price shop, then watch him. Hypocrite!" Mr. Snorton scowled at the magazine. (It had not been burned because doltish employers had not seen fit to pay the intellect of Mr. Snorton the reward which, in Mr. Snorton's opinion, was its proper due, therefore-no fire). He comforted himself with the pleasing picture of Karl Marx and Lenin stampeding for the last bus to the Kremlin. Principle
Inveigled editors cannot retract their foolish weaknesses after distribution, and so the article still ran on : or other people, because the animosity so roused would eventually have repercussions on him." If only Mr. Snorton had not been so impatient ! But the good socialists were now scandalised ; no need to waste good gardening time on such tripe, and so away went the magazine.
The Church of England clergyman, though never intolerant of new heresies, really could not read this before delivering to his flock a sermon on love. The magazine was consigned to the pile for the workhouse.
Those who agreed with the article's sentiments had by now decided that the author was a bore blurting out things they had known long ago. And they teased the dog with it.
The magazine was being discarded all over the country. It was half past two and in most cases the article had done its work very well. The tired and replete toiler of the week was everywhere asleep in his armchair.
The author was still smiling to himself and purring with self-congratulation. But the editor, wondering how on earth such impossible drivel had passed him, was grimly reaching for his memorandum pad. Oblivious of all these fierce and deep reactions, well-fed citizens, and the cat slumbered before their respective fires. Luxury !
THIS is the tale of Cyril Trout,
Who, when his mother was about,
Asked of that lady sweet and kind
Whether she thought " Papa would mind.
If I should ask him to let me
Construct a home laboratory ? "
His father, overhearing this,
Afraid that things would go amiss,
Replied at once with cunning ruse,
" Why yes, the kitchen you can use."
Cyril was not at all dismayed,
And very soon his plans were laid,
And he had called his father's bluff
By bringing home some " Chemi " stuff.
One grievous fault had Cyril Trout,
He would throw chemicals about,
And where his Mum had made a cake
Young Cyril threw a Litmus Lake.
What's more, he very seldom knew
Just where the stuff went that he threw.
One day, when in his bath he got,
The water being far from hot,
Instead of making his ablution
Poor Cyril formed a pink solution.
His father, with a gentle tug,
Thoughtlessly removed the plug,
And never looked at it again
While Cyril gurgled down the drain.
Now Mr. Trout has at his feet,
Inscribed in letters large and neat,
A motto, written on the rug
" Look twice before you pull the plug."
M. F. L.
THE Hole in our road came to us about Christmas time. The road, weakened by heavy traffic, and split by the severe frosts that we had been getting, caved in for several feet, and gravely injured the complicated maze of pipes, conduits and wires underneath. The barriers and dimmed red lights glowing in the dusk soon appeared, together with a brazier and watchman's hut. The watchman himself, who came to be known as Batty Tooth, although his real name was William Tooth, arrived the same night, and after lighting his brazier, disappeared into his hut and was neither heard nor seen again till morning.
The snow came the next day and covered the hut and Hole with a white powdery film. Batty Tooth departed on the first lorry that arrived, one which towed a compressor and carried a dozen men with tools and a dour Scotch foreman. They got down to work at once, but a few hours later the snow fell again and filled the pit with slush. Obviously the work could not go on, so the navvies packed their tools into heaps and clumped off towards the nearest pub, which unfortunately was shut.
The snow continued for a week, not continuously but with such short intervals that hardly anything could be done. It is true that the foreman sent for a pump to empty the Hole, but loose dirt suspended in the water clogged the filters, and the nett result was that the work was left again. The wires were, of course, affected by the water so that they became useless, and the effect of a heavy lorry gently rolling into the pit did not improve matters in the least ; nevertheless the pipes and wires remained snapped and twisted, as all available labour was on the other side of the town, clearing debris from a recent raid.
As soon as the water had gone, the pipes and wires were temporarily rigged to give service ; which operation, a casual observer might have noticed, took a great deal of food, drink, rests and frequent errands to get beer and tools. After that we had to wait a month before they came again, but during that time we were able to keep in touch with the Hole and its occupant, Batty Tooth, by means of strange happenings such as Mr. falling into the Hole when returning from a board meeting-and the sight of the grey-garbed watchman pottering about the pit, lighting his. lamps and stoking his fire, and, not infrequently, going on mysterious missions towards the " Rose and Pig."
At last they came definitely ; air pipes festooned the pit ; Post Office, Water Works, Power Plant-all were represented by officials and by more and more men to see to their various sections of work, Asphalt-melters, tar-boilers and compressors roared and thundered. Rollers chugged about, dislocating traffic and providing amusement for sundry small boys who plagued the wretched drivers with stupid questions ; and men hacked the ground in many ways and with many tools. In eight days our Hole had gone. In its place a sheet of tar macadam, glistening dully, and smelling-well, you know what fresh tar smell is like.
But we were not left without our Hole for long. The same night we received a Blitz, and also for three other nights running, and on the last night our Hole was back again, but about five times as large, with a heap of wrecked furniture, bricks and rubble filling and covering it.
They weren't long in repairing it this time, for some reason or other, and now it is gone. We feel rather sad, as though we had lost a friend for good. For I don't suppose we shall have another Hole for months and months and months.
o'clock-start Latin Verse -
Wireless wailing-what a curse '
Quibus rebus-Pa wants to talk
The garden soil has too much chalk,
The beetroot's green, the leeks are red,
The largest 'cumber's nearly dead.
Horum rorum-that won't do
Wireless shrieks, " Let me tell you
Quis auditis-how 'bout that ?
Neighbour enters for a chat.
Busily she knits her mittens,
Tells us that her cat's had kittens.
Enter Grandpa, plus cigar,
Says he missed the ten-to car.
Just about to start French Prose
Gunfire !-and the siren blows.
A small boy advanced cautiously up the steps of a huge building with a forbidding air. He felt crushed, for his height seemed to be negligible compared with those tall pillars before him. As the boy (Ernest was his name) passed beneath them, he entered a vestibule filled with large boys muttering muffled curses concerning the previous night's homework. Suddenly the crowd melted away into a spacious hall and all was quiet. Ernest entered the hall, for he was an inquisitive boy, and was greeted by a soothing voice which murmured : "Are you a prefect ? " Ernest was just going to reply when everyone stood up and he was trampled under foot. Having nothing better to do, Ernest went to sleep ... When he awoke the hall was empty, save for a large tabby and white cat seated on a hymn book, washing itself. Resigned to his fate in this strange building, Ernest made his way downward to where savoury odours were issuing from an outhouse. This reminded him that it was dinner time, and he was just starting to make his way homeward when a bony hand gripped him and he was taken to where a huge cauldron, with strange figures prancing around it, was bubbling furiously . . . " Not bad stew, this," said a hungry boy as he sat down to his meal, " but I can't think how they get such a lot of tender meat."
Why must all
Command no claim to fascination ?
Of the poet's imagination.
Is it that my words don't rhyme
Nor my verses keep in time ?
Perhaps it is a crime
To print these silly lines of mine.
Should I be rather more selective
To make this poem more effective?
I'm not defective,
Just unsuccessfully reflective.
(From various correspondents).
(a) That the Gramophone Society arrange a weekly Lunch Hour concert of popular classical music.
(b) That an " exchange and mart " notice board be instituted for the convenience of persons having articles to sell, buy or exchange.
(c) That steps be taken to reduce to a minimum the clashing of fixtures of various School Societies.
(d) That a K.E.S. Rambling Club be formed.
(e) That, for the improvement of lighting, the windows be occasionally cleaned and/or deficient electric bulbs replaced.
(Hasty impressions of "Good-bye, Mr. Chips " at the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield, August 4th-9th, by boys of K.E.S. and the Court Players).
PROLOGUE, 1938. Truelove taking Prep., and showing characteristic coolness in presence not only of the audience but also of eight high-spirited Brookfieldians cunningly arranged in front of him so as to give the impression of at least thirty. A capital start, save for some regrettable pellet-shooting and other disorders. Ringleader Stones ably backed up by Thompson (J. A.), Wills, etc. Thompson (A.) also rather a nuisance.
ACT I, SCENE 1, 1870. Same place, same boys, more or less, having assumed each others' grandfathers' names and trousers in an interval which seemed too long but was in reality less than the time normally taken to change out of gym. clothes and get up to, say, Room 42. Young Mr. Chips in charge. Discipline far from satisfactory. Shaw scores (at least at one performance) direct hit with paper dart. This is ignored, but Stones, as his own grandfather, goes a little too far and gets what he richly deserves (" off," unfortunately). First round to Mr. Chips. Some unimportant interpolations by the grown-ups (boys heard but not seen at Cricket Match and Chapel Service), bring us to
ACT II, SCENE 2. APRIL 1ST, 1892. Business at Brookfield now transacted exclusively in Chips's drawing room, where a " backward class " of forward youths is controlled, during unavoidable absences of Chips, by housemaid Annie (early example of home-service methods ?). April Fool stunt neatly executed by Stones, Leeson, etc., but is surely far less effective than film and book version owing to dismissal of class before the climax . . . not our fault, however.
SCENE 3. 1902. Decorous assembly of prefects (?) awaiting interviews-not, as might be expected, outside Headmaster's study, but still in Chips's drawing room. (N.B. Superior civilization of Early Edwardian age). Marrian awaiting inevitable expulsion for daring escapade connected with Gaiety stage door : a little inaudible, but word ' legs ' provides significant clue. Oliver rightly scandalised. Parfitt disdainful, looks out of window. Rev. Headmaster kindly calls on Chips instead of sending for him (see above), but is in other respects far from polite (both, for that matter, keep their hats on throughout interview).
SCENE 4. 1913. Farewell supper to Chips. Full turn-out of boys, regardless of names or costumes. Marrian still not expelled. Truelove (Head of House 1913-1938?) says his piece admirably and presents handsome clock. Time marches on.
ACT III. 1916. Chips's digs. Parker, Robinson, etc., in good voice, but a trifle depressed by manifestly inadequate wartime tea. Shaw's line scores as effectively as his grandfather's dart-throwing had done. And finally
1938. New-boy Picken understandably embarrassed at tête-à-tête with senile Chips, but fortified with twice-nightly ration of cake brings off exit-line with aplomb. Chips dodders into oblivion.
In spite of numerous difficulties, the Orchestra has had quite a successful term. But we are still handicapped by the fact that very few new members are joining, and this shortage will be even more serious in a short time when several of the older member,, leave School. Among the recruits during the past Term have been three Second Violins-London, Hurst and Stubbs ; Cox, who plays the flute ; and Herring and Groves, trombone and trumpet respectively. We hope that parents will do their best to let their boys continue their music lessons, even if it means their being out in the blackout occasionally ; this should not be allowed to hinder them from learning an instrument, especially if they live reasonably near to their teacher.
During the Term we have attempted several works of different kinds, among them the last movement of Haydn's " London " Symphony No. 104, one of the Entr'actes from " Rosamunde " by Schubert, Bizet's March from " Carmen " and an Aria by Mozart, "Ave Verum Corpus." We hope to include one or two of these items in the Entertainment on December 12th and 13th.
From the beginning of the Term, when the Orchestra was only able to attempt very simple and rather insignificant pieces, there has been a definite improvement. As more ambitious works were attempted interest increased and so, automatically, did the standard of playing. But we do need new members, and anyone who is at all interested should lose no time in communicating with Mr. Baylis.
H. W. S.
During the present Term, Mr. Axon has very kindly taken the place of Mr. Atkins as Choirmaster. The activities of the Choir, however, have been somewhat limited owing to a considerable falling-off in numbers and it is hoped that new members will come forward to fill up the gaps. Anyone wishing to join will be very welcome, and should see Mr. Axon at the beginning of next Term.
D. E. C.
This year the Gramophone Club has been resumed under the Presidency of Mr. Svart, with weekly meetings in the Music Room at 4.30 p.m. on Friday. Two meetings have already been held. At the first, on November 21st, Mr. Svart played records of Mozart's Horn Concerto in E Flat and Beethoven's Symphony No. 8. The following week, Beethoven's Second Symphony was played. So far, the attendance has not been very good, and it is hoped that anyone who is interested in serious music will attend. Enquiries should be made to Crowder in Room 42.
D. A. C.
Following an invitation from the Secretary of the University Union Society, members of the Discussion Group attended a debate at the University. The result was the formation of a Debating Society at School, with a list of formal rules drawn up by Mr. Richards and an official committee. It is planned that the Society will supplement but not supplant the Discussion Group's activities. The intention is to have five or six discussions and three debates each Term. We have already had a very lively debate on the cinema and two very interesting discussions, " The Modern Church," introduced by G. Lake, and " Evolution", introduced by J. E. Middleton.
R. V. T.
The Poetry Club has enjoyed a most successful Term. At the time of writing there have been five meetings, at which the average attendance has been twelve. Mr. Claypole read a selection of contrasted extracts from modern poetry on September 23rd, and this meeting was followed by another a fortnight later at which Mr. Claypole was raised to the dignity of Chairman and B. Thrippleton to that of Secretary by popular vote. These appointments were followed by four readings selected and given by Townsend, Dronfield, Denman and Thrippleton, illustrating four different moods. On October 21st Mr. Smith read extracts from a new poem entitled " Letters to Malaya," which was a fluent attack on contemporary manners and verse in the traditional heroic couplet. This was followed by readings by Fenton, Belton and Edgeley. The suggestion of foreign poetry, which emanated from the Chairman and Secretary, and was rather surprisingly approved of, led to the meeting on November 25th, at which Miss Williams very kindly gave a talk on the essential difference between English and French poetry.
Two other meetings remain to be mentioned : the one held on November 18th, at which Mr. Svart gave a talk on John Donne, by which he illustrated the restlessness and many-sided character of the poet, and the other to be held on December 9th, for the reading of humorous verse. A further series of meetings is being planned for next Term ; those interested should watch the poster opposite the Library, for which our thanks are due to R. T. C. Tilsley, of the Sixth.
The Club did not find its feet until after Half-Term, when R. T. F. Waterfall gave a very illuminating and well-informed talk on the Air Forces of Russia, Italy and Germany. The size of his audience seemed to indicate the increasing number of aeronautical enthusiasts in the School. Last year a " Brains Trust," made up of members of the Staff, met with tremendous success, and it is hoped to hold another in the near future. We were very sorry to lose the able and enthusiastic leadership of Mr. J. H. Corner at the end of last Term. He left us to join the Intelligence Service, and we should like to thank him for giving us a very enjoyable year and wish him much success in his new position. His place has been taken by Miss E. Paneth, and we look forward to another successful and enjoyable year.
G. B. S.
It is no longer necessary to add to the excitements of the game that of precarious balancing of board and pieces on the sloping forms or narrow' seats of the L.L.R. The Club now plays in an atmosphere much more suited to Chess, and the broad, horizontal surfaces of the Library tables offer greater stability and comfort. Concerning the play this term, there is nothing special to report but there is little doubt that the new meeting place is having a good influence on its quality.' There is still room and available apparatus for many more members than the Club has at present.
This Term has been a successful one for the Stamp Club, as we have so far had seven meetings. Various, interesting papers have been read by members, which were greatly appreciated. At an informal auction of stamps the sum of 6s. was raised as a donation for the local " Warships Week," much to the satisfaction of everyone, as several good bargains were obtained by members A Philatelic Library has been formed of the fortnightly instalments of The Philatelic Magazine, bought with subscriptions ; two catalogues kindly lent by members, and other literature. J. P. Smith (IVB), has been appointed Librarian. An enterprising programme is being planned for next Term, including a lantern show and the formation of a " Philatelic Trust." There are still vacancies for new members, and anyone interested in philately will be heartily welcomed at our meetings, details of which are posted on the notice board opposite the Library several days in advance.
J. D. M. H.
In spite of the scathing criticisms of our contemporaries, the Railway Society, which was founded this Term for all those generally interested in railways, has continued to flourish. The Term has been a successful one, and we have had several lectures on various subjects, as well as lantern shows. A Model Section has been formed, under the able leadership of R. S. Lant, and is progressing excellently. The endeavour and zeal of our President has done much to stimulate interest in the Society's activities, and I am sure that all members will join me in thanking him for this good work. , A _monthly railway magazine is bought regularly with the members' subscriptions, thus keeping all well informed of the latest happenings in railway life, both here and abroad. New members will be welcomed at the Society's meetings next Term, and details will always be found on the notice board opposite the Library, well in advance.
I. G. T. D.
The organization of this new Club started at the beginning of this Term with the formation of a Committee consisting of five members, presided over by Mr. Axon. Twelve pairs of boxing gloves and other pieces of apparatus were found in the gallery of the Gym., so that the first meeting was possible on the Thursday before Half-Term. Since then meetings have been held every Thursday. The meetings are not held on the lines of " slosh him hard and hope for the best," but with tuition given by Mr. Axon. Everybody practices leads and guards, then perhaps a little skipping, and to finish with, every boy has a bout with one of his own weight. In a term or two we hope to have attained a high enough standard for inter-house boxing. Those who are really interested, especially from the Second and Third Forms, should come along on Thursdays after school and learn to box and defend themselves properly, remembering. that the younger they start the better they will be when they leave School,
A.. J. R. T.
The Annual General Meeting was held on September 11th, 1941, when J. E. Middleton was elected Secretary, with an assisting committee of five. It was stressed that the arranging of visits was difficult in these days, and it was suggested that the outdoor activities of the Society should be supplemented with lectures.
Any suggestions for possible visits to works, or lectures, will be greatly welcomed. The following visits have been made this Term :
Members were first shown the apparatus in the dark-room, where an elaborate photometric bench, working in conjunction with a white-washed, light-proof cubicle, enabled all types of lamps to be tested. The illumination ranges of wartime lamp shields were tested and recorded in graphical form and filed with pre-war illumination records, to show some striking contrasts. Records were also kept of photographs made of streets after lighting improvements were effected. Members were shown an interesting file of every street lamp in the city. The equipment of the dark-room included several types of photo-electric cells to determine light intensity, and an ingenious apparatus that subjected gas mantles to violent jerks, so testing their endurance under traffic conditions. To determine the heat content of the city's gas supply, a miniature gas-holder was installed, the contents of which were burnt in a direct-reading calorimeter. In the storeroom a magnificent Swiss instrument, which ran for years without attention, attracted particular interest. The department's laboratory tests required an unvarying source of electrical energy. To supply this, a generator unit giving constant voltage A.C. and D.C. supplies was installed in the building. After a very interesting afternoon, the party was generously served with cups of tea and biscuits in the canteen.
The Rockingham Street Fire Station is no longer the main Sheffield station owing to the dispersal of the appliances throughout the city. However, there was some new equipment there in the shape of a new engine, which had only been there a few weeks, and whose pump delivered 800 gallons per minute. The sergeant who conducted us round explained the use of the pump, and the method of using a series of such pumps to carry water from a source up to a mile from the fire, in the event of a main being destroyed. We then saw the 100 feet escape which is only six months old, and the emergency van, which contains medical equipment, oxygen apparatus, a self-contained electrical generator, fire hose, asbestos suits, oxy-acetylene apparatus, jacks for lifting trams and all manner of small equipment. The party then inspected the workshops and some " pompier " ladders, which are used for scaling high buildings where normal escapes cannot be used. Firemen carry these sections of ladder up with them. Whilst we were at the Station three alarms were sounded, and the speed at which the engines got away was astonishing : more time was spent in trying to get the person who reported the fire to state the address, than in getting the engines away. We were informed that the average throughout the year was four alarms per day. The efficiency and cleanliness of the Station was splendid.
The members were shown how the materials containing precious metals were heated with coke, litharge and iron oxide, the former metals being run out from the furnace dissolved in the lead, which was later removed by forming litharge from it in another furnace. The electrolytic purification of the silver was then demonstrated and the group watched molten silver being poured into cold water, to produce granulated silver, and inspected two small planing machines used for planing the standard silver blocks smooth. 'In the laboratory upstairs the extraction, by chemical means, of the gold, platinum, iridium and rhodium, etc., was explained, the members afterwards being shown the estimation of the purity of the silver, using a well-known laboratory reaction, and an ingenious machine for shaking up a dozen reagent bottles at a time was seen in operation. The party was taken into the bullion room, where the pure metals were shown, and many members had the unique experience of holding two gold ingots worth £2,000 each. Specimens of silver and the rare platinum metals v ere seen, some in the form of powder. The crystallization and drying plant for copper sulphate as a by-product, the copper being a common impurity in the original waste material, was next inspected. One of the most interesting features of the visit was the inspection of the electrostatic precipitator, which, as was explained, recovered from the furnace fumes some seven tons of precious metals per week ; it worked at a potential of 45,000 volts. The members were allowed to enter the transformer and rectification house, where, through wire grilles, all were dazzled by bright, blue arcs nearly nine inches long, and were allowed to examine the instruments in a polished slate switchboard. To crown a most interesting afternoon, the party was enthralled at the operation of a comptometer, and of the speed of its use.
On November 11th, in the Large Lecture Room, a paper was given by Dr. J. H. Chesters, on " The Uses of Magnesia in the Lining of Steel Furnaces." He is an expert on the subject, and the easy and direct manner in which he put across what is in reality a highly technical subject, fascinated us all. It is a pity that there was not a much larger audience to gain benefit from a lecture which was very well illustrated with slides and specimens, and which we shall not easily forget. We are very grateful to him.
Dr. Chesters explained how the war had shut off our supplies of magnesia minerals such as magnesite and dolomite from Greece, Austria and Manchukuo. He gave us details of how magnesia was now being prepared by throwing lime into great vats of sea water whence the magnesium hydroxide was precipitated. From this the magnesia (MgO) was obtained by heating and this baked into the form of small cubic bricks, containing from 10-45 per cent. magnesia. He next explained the various tests performed on bricks to ascertain whether they would stand up to the conditions of the steel furnace. By a simple test of weighing dry and full of water, we were surprised to learn that a brick consisted of 25 per cent. holes, and that breathing through one is but a simple matter. The specific gravity of the test brick is also measured and must be above 3.5, whilst the crushing strength of a good brick is in the region of 2,000 pounds per square inch, the pressure it will stand without cracking. The cracking temperature is measured, and the number of times the brick will stand extremes of heat and cold without disintegrating investigated. X-ray photographs and microscopic investigation show that the less slag and more magnesia present the better the brick, as the slag melts before the magnesia, allowing the brick to flow.
Dr. Chesters finally told us some interesting tales of how patent brick cements had caused lack of faith at times in his bricks, but close investigation showed that the cause of the collapse of a furnace wall was due to the melting of the cement, not the bricks. He told how nowadays the whole of furnaces except the arch could be made of continuous material instead of layers of bricks, as well as giving an amusing demonstration of how bricks are built into walls in the furnace while still melting steel.
THE arrangement of books in the Library has been slightly altered this Term, as also has the method of issuing books. All boys who wish to borrow books from the Library, must now have tickets (of the same type as Public Library tickets), stamped by the Librarian. One ticket must be given up for each book borrowed, and no-one is allowed to have more than two books at any one time.
The borrowing of books has not been on a large scale this Term. The Library is for the use of all boys of the School, and all, especially boys of the Second, Third and Fourth Forms, are urged to use it. There must be many new boys who have not read any of the books, yet who have not been to borrow any of them. It may not be generally realised that besides the main Middle-School, Library there are, scattered throughout the School, Subject Libraries, which are open to all boys of the Fourth Form and upwards, as follows History, Room 8 ; Modern Languages, Room 27; Classics, Room 47; Mathematics, Room 63; Art, The Art 'Room; Chemistry, S.L.R. ; Physics, L.L.R. ; Biology, the Biology Laboratory. Books can be borrowed from these Libraries by arrangement with the Librarian concerned.
The behaviour of some boys-especially during the dinner period-has not always been satisfactory. It must be remembered that the Library is a reading room, and persistent noise and roughness must entail the curtailment of privileges.
Grateful thanks are due to P. H. Bishop for a gift of books to the main library ; to P. Jameson for a gift of a copy of the Wesley College Journey for 1885-87 ; and to those Subject Librarians who have recently reorganised their respective libraries.
On Parents' Day, 12th July, 1941, an effort was made to increase the scope and attractiveness of the Library. The experiment succeeded splendidly and fully justified our faith in the willingness of our visitors to help the School. A large selection of new books that we wanted was displayed, and visitors were invited to present a copy. The result was that seventy-six new and attractive volumes were placed upon our shelves.
These books have been in great demand, and are thoroughly appreciated by the readers. We wish to record our gratitude to all those who so kindly contributed to the success of this venture.
HAVING seven of last year 1st XI still at School, we looked forward to a good season. The results have suggested only a moderate season. Nevertheless there have been some very good games and the defeats at the hands of Barnsley and Bootham have not indicated the evenness of. the play in those matches. In several of the games the ball has not run well for the School and he resulting effort to overcome a deficit has merely disturbed the teamwork.
The defence has played consistently well. Of the full-backs, Powell has been very steady but Cotton's tackling has not matched his superb kicking. The half-back line has been the soundest part of the team, with Middleton playing a very hard game in the centre.
The forwards have not reached the standard expected. of them. The departure of Holmes at Half-Term was a sad loss, as he had been the schemer of the team. His constructive play was excellent end his place has, not been adequately filled. Oliver, at centre-forward, has played some excellent games but does not get the support which gave him so many goals last season. The right wing has been stronger than the left, but both wing-men would benefit >y remembering that a backward pass from the goal-line is most productive of goals.
Middleton has captained the team very well and his energetic )lay in the middle has set a good example to the rest of the team.
Of the seven matches played this Term, five have been won and the remaining two drawn.
There have been few changes in the composition of the defence and consequently the defence has been the strongest part of the :earn. Newton's play has improved considerably during the season and he has deserved his promotion to the 1st XI.
The forward line has changed its appearance many times with a result that the line has never quite attained the smoothness of movement desired. Nevertheless the forwards have obtained many goals. Townsend has assumed the role of leader very efficiently and he has been well supported by Howard and Parfitt.
During a football season so much depends upon the weather. In that respect this Term has proved to be fairly fortunate. Speaking generally, the XI has had a good Term. Two items of technique need attention : trapping and swinging the ball from wing to wing. It is necessary to control the ball whenever it reaches one : to take a random kick is of no use. Good trapping steadies the ball so that it can be quickly passed in any desired direction. Long passing has the effect of leaving the opposition constantly wondering where the ball is and where it will be the next moment.
To introduce the personal note. We would like to place on record the excellent work put in by R. J. Lindsay as Captain of the side. During one match, in spite of doubtful play by a member of the opposing side, Lindsay kept his head and rendered the objectionable play quite ineffective by excellent ball control. Other members of the team have done good work, but there is a lamentable tendency on the part of one or two to be absent from practice games. If the team is to retain its present high standard of play, every member must have the maximum amount of practice. Wednesday afternoon play only is not enough.
The following is the Terms record of matches :
Barnsley Grammar School (Under 15) .. 2-1 Won.
Junior Technical School (Under 15) .. 0-5. Lost.
Nether Edge Grammar School (2nd XI) 3-3. Draw.
The present team is as worthy a representation of the younger section of the Senior School as one could wish for. The players have shown ability in matches against other schools, as well as eagerness to benefit from practice games. We have got through our list of fixtures for this Term with one match won, two lost, and one drawn ; results which are to a considerable extent due to Merrill's able and enthusiastic captaincy.
Played at Whiteley Woods on September 27th. Team :-B. J. Moffatt, H. Macallum, J. M. Cotton, B. B. Major, I. E. Middleton, R. G. Hemingway, Dronfield, S. H. Holmes, J. G. Oliver, G. W. Wise, H, C. English.
Having lost the toss, the School defended the Pavilion end. The game opened well with two early goals by Rhodes and Gilfillan for the Headmaster's XI, but after a. period of midfield play, Holmes broke away and scored for the School. Rhodes immediately added a further goal for the opponents, ad the School defence had to work at full pressure for a while ; a period during which Middleton in particular played well. The School scored again with a high centre by Dronfield, but the Headmaster's XI also added a further goal. Close on halftime both English and Hemingway came near to scoring for K.E.S.
Half-time : K.E.S. 2, Headmaster's XI 4.
For a short period in the second half, the School had the better of the play, but eventually was forced on to the defensive. The School goal was constantly bombarded, but the Headmaster's XI only added one more goal. he School did well to face so strong a team in so steady a manner.
Result : K.E.S. 2, Headmaster's XI 5.
Scorers : Holmes, Dronfield.
Played at Derby on October 4th. Team :--B. J. Moffatt, J. H. Macallum, R. Powell, B. B. Major, J. E. Middleton, R. G. Hemingway, R. V. Townsend, D. Howard, J. G. Oliver, T. Parfitt, H. C. English.
Middleton won the toss and decided that the School should kick with the in behind them. The School found the ball light and the ground uneven, rid consequently were unable to settle down. After fifteen minutes English scored, and a. little later Oliver was not far off the mark with a fine header. long School attack was well supported by the half-backs and Oliver forced two corners with dangerous shots. After a short attack by Derby, Powell went through on his own and put in a good centre, which Oliver put over we bar. Close on half-time Oliver scored, and a little later a second shot of is was deflected to Townsend, who scored
Half-time : K.E.S. 3, Derby 0.
In the second half, Derby opened the scoring with a free kick, but Oliver vice scored for the School with hard ground shots. Parfitt added a further goal and after a sustained period of attack by Derby, Macallum made a gigantic clearance from which Townsend scored.
Result : K.E.S. 7, Derby 1.
Scorers : Oliver 3, Townsend 2, English 1, Parfitt 1.
Played at Whiteley Woods on October 11th. Team :--B. J. Moffatt, J. [.Macallum, A. R. Powell, B. B. Major, J. E. Middleton, R. G. Hemingway, ;. V. Townsend, J. D. Howard, J. G. Oliver, T. Parfitt, H. C. English.
Middleton won the toss and chose to kick toward the Pavilion end. The game opened quietly and it was not until after eleven minutes that Dronfield and English engineered a goal for Wise. Manchester equalised, but Holmes put the School ahead again with a first time shot from a melee in the goal area. Manchester again equalised, but a Manchester back handled a shot from English and Holmes converted the resulting penalty. Oliver added a further goal, but Manchester, from a penalty, reduced the deficit. Seven goals had been scored in thirteen minutes. Play became extremely vigorous and the defences seemed on top until after thirty-eight minutes, when Manchester equalised.
Half-time K.E.S. 4, Manchester G. S. 4.
Dronfield scored for the School early in the second half, from a shot of Oliver's which had been deflected. The School piled on pressure and many good shots were put in. Holmes scored a second penalty goal. Play became rough and several players were cautioned. After seventy minutes, Manchester scored again, but close on time Oliver broke away_ and scored.
Result : K.E.S. 7, Manchester G. S. 5.
Scorers : Holmes 3, Oliver 2, Wise, Dronfield.
Played at Woodhouse on October 18th. Team :-B. J. Moffatt, A. R. Powell, J. M. Cotton, B. B. Major, J. E. Middleton, R. G. Hemingway, R. Dronfield, S. H. Holmes, J. G. Oliver, G. W. Wise, H. C. English.
The match was played in driving rain and gusty wind. The School lost the toss and was set to kick uphill and against the wind, but this did not prevent them from doing rather more of the attacking in the first half. After five minutes, Woodhouse scored from a corner, but Holmes soon equalised, after a foul on English. As a result of a Woodhouse breakaway, Middleton in attempting to clear, put the ball through his own goal. English made a clever solo run and put the School level again. Holmes had been playing extremely well, showing excellent ball-control and passing.
Half-time K.E.S. 2, Woodhouse 2.
In the second half, conditions became worse, and constructive play was impossible. Woodhouse spent most of the half defending, but the School could not score the winning goal.
Result : K.E.S. 2, Woodhouse 2.
Scorers : Holmes, Dronfield.
Played at Whiteley Woods on October 25th. Team :-B. J. Moffatt, A. R. Powell, J. M. Cotton, B. B. Major, J. E. Middleton, R. G. Hemingway, R. Dronfield, S. H. Holmes, J. G. Oliver, G. W. Wise, H. C. English.
The School, having lost the toss, kicked towards the Pavilion end with the wind. They opened the attack convincingly and opened the scoring after eight minutes through Wise. Shortly afterwards, English scored with a header as a result of a movement by him with Holmes and Dronfield. Barnsley settled down and the School attack became disjointed. In spite of a tenacious School defence, Barnsley succeeded in scoring three times in the first half.
Half-time : K.E.S. 2, Barnsley 3.
The School piled everything into defence in this half, but Barnsley scored two further goals. Certain of the forwards did useful defensive work, but the forward line became weak and disjointed, and quite unable to shake the Barnsley defence. Everyone worked hard and played individually. well, but without combination.
Result : School 2, Barnsley 5.
Scorers : Wise, English.
Played at Repton on November 1st. Team :-B. J. Moffatt, A. R. Powell, J. M. Cotton, B. B. Major, J. E. Middleton, R. G. Hemingway, R. Dronfield, S. H. Holmes, J. G. Oliver, G. W. Wise, H. C. English.
Middleton won the toss and chose to kick against the wind. The game opened evenly, but soon Middleton made a long solo run, and almost scored. The School piled on pressure ; the Repton defence was overwhelmed and Dronfield, receiving a pass in an unmarked position, scored. The game became faster, but remained fairly even, although Repton equalised.
Half-time : K.E.S. 1, Repton 1.
The School at first dominated the game in the second half. Holmes worked cleverly to put Oliver through to score. Repton began to fight back, and most of the play was just inside the School half, but breakaways by Oliver and Cotton served to relieve the pressure. Eventually Repton equalised and play became more vigorous, but there was no further score. Repton showed more combination, but. the School, by their determination and relentless tackling, looked the better side.
Result : K.E.S. 2, Repton 2.
Scorers : Dronfield, Oliver.
Played at Abbeydale Park on November 8th. Team :-B. J. Moffatt, A. R. Powell, J. M. Cotton, B. B. Major, J. E. Middleton, R. G. Hemingway, R. Dronfield, S. H. Holmes, J. G. Oliver, G. W. Wise, H. C. English.
Middleton won the toss, but procured no great advantage. The game opened quietly, and the Bankers had most of the play. They scored once, but brilliant saves by Moffatt prevented further scores. The only School forward to be at all dangerous was Holmes, playing his last game for the School.
Half-time : K.E.S. 0, Bankers l.
In the second half, the School became much quicker on the ball, and dominated the play. Middleton scored with a long shot, and a movement on the left wing resulted in a goal by Oliver: In the last quarter of an hour, the School attacks became continuous, and a neat movement by Holmes and Dronfield, which resulted in a shot by the latter bouncing out, to be crashed home by Oliver.
Result : K.E.S. 3, Bankers 1. Scorers : Middleton, Oliver 2.
Played at Whiteley Woods on November 15th. Team :-B. J. Moffatt, A. R. Powell, J. M. Cotton, B. B. Major, J. E. Middleton, R. G. Hemingway, R. Dronfield, G. W. Wise, J. G. Oliver, T. Parfitt, H. C. English.
Middleton won the toss and set the Old Edwardians to defend the Pavilion End. The Old Edwardians opened strongly and scored twice. The School recovered and attacked with vigour. Oliver narrowly missed forcing a corner home and Wise scored from a centre by Dronfield. Shortly afterwards Oliver scored an equaliser from a well-placed free kick by Major.
Half-time : K.E.S. 2, Old Edwardians 2.
In the second half, the School improved and Oliver scored an excellent goal. The Old Edwardians pressed hard, and scored two further goals. Close on time Dronfield broke away and scored a neat equaliser for the School.
Result : K.E.S. 4, Old Edwardians 4.
Scorers : Oliver 2, Wise, Dronfield.
Played on November 22nd. Team :-B. J. Moffatt, A. R. Powell, J. M. Cotton, B. B. Major, J. E. Middleton, R. G. Hemingway, R. Dronfield, G. W. Wise, J. G. Oliver, T. Parfitt, H. C. English.
The School lost the toss and was set to kick with the wind, but in the early stages Rotherham had slightly more of the play until, as a result of some neat play by English, Oliver scored. Then a neat movement by Powell, Major and Hemingway resulted in Oliver's second goal. Parfitt added a third goal and Oliver went through on his own to score a fourth. Close on half-time English again put Oliver through to score.
Half-time : K.E.S. 5, Rotherham G. S. 0
The School continued to play well in the second half, and a movement on the left wing resulted in a goal by Parfitt. Dronfield and Oliver then put English through to score cleverly. Rotherham scored immediately from the restart, but Oliver put the result beyond all doubts with two further extremely fine goals. The School played up well individually. Oliver in particular did splendidly, and English played unusually well.
Result : K.E.S. 10, Rotherham G. S. 2.
Scorers : Oliver 7, Parfitt 2, English 1.
Played at Bootham on November 28th. Team :-B. J. Moffatt, A. R. Powell, J. M. Cotton, B. B. Major, J. E. Middleton, R. G. Hemingway, R. Dronfield, G. W. Wise, J. G. Oliver, T. Parfitt, H. C. English.
Middleton won the toss and chose to kick down a slight slope. Bootham immediately began to press. They had scored three times before the School forwards became at all threatening, and Oliver scored with a fine shot. Bootham had shown far more combination than the School. The Bootham forwards were extremely quick on the ball and a constant menace to the School goal. Moffatt, however, made several good saves.
Half-time : K.E.S. 1, Bootham 3.
In the second half the School played rather better football and the game as more even. Powell unfortunately scored for Bootham in making a gallant effort to save a certain goal. Parfitt hit the Bootham post with a long drop-shot and Oliver rushed the ball through to reduce the deficit. Dronfield came near to scoring with a fine shot, but Bootham again began to :tack and added a further goal.
Result : K.E.S. 2, Bootham 5. Scorers : Oliver 2.
The game was one in which two resolute defences triumphed. The School id the better of play in the first half, and certainly did most of the attacking. stout Barnsley defence prevented any score, however, and Barnsley scored after a break away. During many hot attacks on the School goal, Collins as an outstanding member of the defence.
Half-time : Barnsley 1, K.E.S. 0.
A reshuffle in the School forward line led to some spirited play, mainly in the Barnsley half of the field. Many chances were missed, and there was surprising lack of cohesion between the members of the team as a whole. A mis-kick by a defender allowed Townsend to run in and score an equalising goal. The School goal had one or two lucky escapes, but the forwards missed zany opportunities of scoring especially in the last ten minutes.
Result : Barnsley 1, K.E.S. 1. Scorer : Townsend.
Occasional heavy showers of rain and a strong wind made combined play difficult. The School played with the wind behind them in the first half. Townsend, at centre-forward, adopted the correct tactics and remained well p the field. He worried the opposing defence into conceding a goal during a goalmouth scrimmage. Shortly afterwards the Firth Park right-winger, who ad been their only dangerous forward, equalised. Townsend immediately ;gained the lead for the School. Just before half-time Howard headed another goal from a corner-kick.
Half-time : K.E.S. 3, Firth Park 1.
Early in the second half the lead was reduced following a corner-kick, but sparkling run by Granville gave Townsend an opportunity and he made good use of it to restore. the two goals lead. Near the end of the game Firth 'ark added another goal, but the School then put up a stout defence until he final whistle.
Result : K.E.S. 4, Firth Park 3. Scorers : Townsend 2, Howard 1.
Played on the Nether Edge ground on Saturday, November 15th.
Nether Edge kicked off on a bitterly cold day with the advantage of a considerable wind. They were soon hammering at the School goal and scored a quick goal. Very heavy pressure was put on the School defence, and only very rarely did they stage a break away. Near half-time one such breakaway led to Townsend scoring an equalising goal from a centre from the right. The School were entirely out-played during the first half and were very lucky to find themselves on level terms at half-time.
Half-time : K.E.S. 1, Nether Edge 1.
Soon after the beginning of the second half, Townsend scored two further goals, one the result of a solo effort, and the other following some very good play by Catton. Play was more even during this half, and both sides had some very lucky escapes. Ten minutes before the end of play, the Nether Edge right winger scored with a good cross shot, and then equalised with a shot' from forty yards, the School goalkeeper being completely unsighted.
Result : K.E.S. 3, Nether Edge 3. Scorer : Townsend 3.
Played at Bootham on Wednesday, November 26th.
The School lost the toss and kicked off on a very fine day, with no wind whatever. Inside three minutes, a judicious pass by Townsend enabled Granville to open the score for the School. After that preliminary shock, Bootham played up well, their forwards combining very well whenever they had the ball. The School certainly did most of the attacking, but though everyone worked very hard; there was little co-operation between the individual members of the team-especially among the forwards. Nevertheless, the Bootham goal had some very narrow escapes, while their forwards cut no ice despite some very neat passing.
Half-time.:. K.E.S. 1, Bootham 0.
The second half was almost a repetition of the first. After ten minutes a double mistake in the School defence enabled Bootham to equalise. From that time on the School attacked incessantly. But co-operation was lacking : the forwards persisted in trying to walk the ball in, against a defence which packed their goal to the utmost. Not until fifteen minutes from the end did Townsend score the winning goal following a centre by Granville. Newton especially played very well during the second half, but a general tendency towards over-individualism prevented what might have been a decisive victory.
Result : K.E.S. 2, Bootham 1.
Scorers : Granville, Townsend.
v. Derby School (A) Won 9-0.
v. Manchester Grammar School (H) .. , Won 3-1.
v. Rotherham Grammar School (H) , . .. . , Won 8-0.
HERE have been games of Water Polo every Friday this Term and it is evident that competition will be particularly keen for the House Trophy. I should like to thank Mr. Watson for giving much helpful advice and, as a referee, for insisting on our observance of some important rules, to which we have not previously paid enough attention. The many new players have been quick to grasp the essential tactics of the game and are evidence of the ever-improving standard of swimming throughout the School.
The School again has a strong swimming team and as many fixtures as possible will be arranged for the coming Terms. In a swimming match between the Sixth Form and Form 5B, the relay ace eventually decided an even contest in favour of the Sixth. .'here are facilities for further Inter-Form Swimming matches and I understand 5B are eager to show their worth ; I speak for the sixth when I say that we are equally eager to meet any forthcoming apposition.
Just a word to House Swimming Captains : it is never too early o be forming your Polo teams and training your individual swimmers ; moreover, the crowded bath during the Summer Term will certainly curtail your arrangements for selecting swimmers.
The idea of arranging four 4's, and employing any mathematical signs that you please, so as to form any number from one up to quite a few, is probably well known (e.g., 44+44=300). Some of the arrangements are a little troublesome. Try, for instance, to express the numbers 19, 37 and 41 with these limitations.
An oblong of cloth measuring 9 ft. by 4 ft. is available to cover a window frame 6 ft. square. It can be formed to the required size by cutting into just two pieces and sewing up again. How can this be done ?
4 . .
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3 6 . .
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What are the missing digits ?
These are British towns. Do you recognise them ?
If Big Ben strikes six in fifteen seconds, how long will it take to strike nine ? (Solutions on page 453).
The House football League elevens have had a fairly successful season so far, but not quite as successful as might have been expected considering that only one member of the House is in the School 1st XI. The 1st XI has done the best, having lost only two games, against the two best league teams, and they should win their remaining two matches. They have shown great promise as a team, and there has been less individualism than has often been the case in the past. The 2nd and 3rd XI's have not had a good season, but probably the reason for their bad luck has been not the lack of enthusiasm, but the small size of the players compared with those of contemporary elevens of other Houses. In the only Knock-Out match, the team played very well, and the result did not at all signify the balance of the game. We ought to look forty and next term to the close of the football season ; the cross country and sports, and make a great effort to do even better than we have done in the last few years. As far as we are concerned, House Prayers have been a complete success, and I am sure that everyone looks forward to our weekly service in the Music Room.
The progress of the House this term has been fairly satisfactory. At the time of writing, we are second in the League Table, and are looking forward to a good game with Welbeck. The 2nd and 3rd XI's show considerable promise, and are not lacking in enthusiasm. Congratulations to E. W. Beech on being awarded a Hastings Scholarship and to R. Dronfield on being made a prefect. Most of last year's Water-Polo team left at the end of last term, and we hope that a considerable number of boys will learn to play this excellent game next term. Finally, the House must be reminded that the Cross-Country takes place next term, and that training should begin in good time.
Lynwood has not had a very successful term in football. The 1st XI occupies a place in the Table which no Lynwood team under any circumstances should occupy. This is all the more surprising since the team, with only two exceptions, is exactly the same as the one which did reasonably well last season. The defence, so steady last season, has, time and again, given away goals through bad marking ; the half-backs have supported neither the attack nor defence as strongly as they should have done ; and the attack, true, a lightly-built one, has wasted many opportunities. This sorry state of affairs must be improved next season. The 2nd XI has done creditably and at the time of writing is second in the Table, with a chance of the Cup. Well done ! The 3rd XI has, however, not justified early hopes placed upon it. It, too, will have to make a greater effort next season.
The House extends its heartiest greetings to Mr. Claypole who has joined Lynwood as House Tutor. We look forward with anticipation to the help, which, by his constant refereeing, he has already shown his willingness to give. The House 'also welcomes the new boys who have swelled its ranks. They must, by their enthusiasm and keenness, make every effort to make the welfare of the House their personal concern.
House Prayers in the Dining Hall this term have proved particularly successful and have provided a weekly opportunity for House affairs to be discussed. The regular gathering seems to have stimulated an enthusiasm throughout the House, for we have improved considerably on our efforts last season. The 3rd XI have not vet been beaten and the 2nd XI have lost only one match. With three players in the School 1st XI and one in the School 2nd XI, Sherwood has reached the Final of the " Knock-Out " Competition after two excellent games-Lynwood. was beaten 5-4 and Haddon 1-0. Everyone worked, hard for these results and showed how we could co-operate as a team. Naturally we are looking forward to the final against Welbeck.
With the departure of Olivant and Gilfillan, the House has lost its two senior members. They have led us in nearly all our activities during the last three years, and through them Welbeck supplied last year's Head Prefect, School Cricket Captain and School Football Captain. We wish them every future success, and congratulate Gilfillan most heartily on having already been awarded his Wartime Association Football Blue at Cambridge. We are very pleased to have been joined by Mr. Sandford, who succeeds Mr. Whiteley as House Tutor. We have done very satisfactorily at Football this term, and have a chance of winning each of the three League Championships. We have also reached the final of the Knock-Out Competition, which is to be played against Sherwood at the end of this term. There are more members of the House playing football than usual, and although this is in itself very encouraging, it has unfortunately prevented some of the smaller boys from getting the chances to which they were entitled. Next term, our principal activities will be concerned with the Cross-Country and the Sports, and it is to be hoped that all members of the House will show keenness. If everybody pulls his weight, we should give a good account of ourselves.
This term we have had to play a very young and light team-the result has been no worse than expected, though not encouraging. The one consolation has been that the team has played keenly, and has never given in. The forwards have combined quite well, though their attack lacks the punch that gains goals ; the defence has leaked like a sieve. Individuals, however, have played very well, and have shown considerable skill in ball control. The 2nd XI has had slightly better results than the 1st XI. It has been greatly handicapped by losing some, who should have been its best players, to the 1st XI.-a loss caused by the surprising number of cases of rheumatism, diseases of the heart and other strange ills which seem to afflict quite a number of the older members of the House. The 3rd XI also has not been very successful, and does not yet seem to have learnt the value of team-work. One innovation this term is worthy of note. House Prayers every Wednesday morning are intended to further the corporate life of the House. " House-spirit " is often treated as a joke, but luckily is not lacking in the younger members. So far it has not been the custom to name the few slackers in these Notes, but if other methods fail, it may be necessary to try even that " encouragement." Football is not the only sport, and those who are not keen on it can still help at Swimming and Fives, and by arranging plays for a Social, which we are still hoping to hold, though not this term. Anyone interested in Swimming and a Social should see Stones and Leeson ; if they are interested in, Fives, they should see Armatys. Many of these remarks concern only a very few ; most boys are pulling their weight, though the results in Football seem very disappointing. The results don't matter, and the spirit in which the games have been played has always been very good. While that spirit remains as it is, we can safely say, " There's nothing rotten in the state of Wentworth."
ON Saturday, July 12th, we were favoured with Indian summer weather for our annual gathering of parents and friends, and in spite of the many extra duties imposed on people in these wartime days, several hundred visitors attended to witness the day's various events.
We began with a cricket match on the School Close against a Junior XI from High Storrs School, which unhappily proved too strong for us, and won their match very comfortably by a six-wicket margin. Next we were treated to an interesting gymnastic display given under Mr. Baker's direction, in which between forty and fifty boys took part. Then came the Swimming Sports, at the conclusion of which Mrs. Barton kindly presented the House Trophy to the Captain of Angles, the winners, as reported in out last issue. At Clarkehouse there was an attractive exhibition of Nature Study, Art and Handwork. We have seen many of these exhibitions on similar occasions, but the quality of this year's work showed that in general excellence the high standard of previous years has been well maintained.
On the football field we have, owing to the good weather, completed one round of House Matches, in which the honours fall to Osborn House. There have been two matches against Westbourne, in each of which we were defeated by a team of bigger and older boys, though in the first game our side put up a good uphill fight which ended with the score at 3-1 against us.
Finally, we have come back refreshed after a most welcome week's rest at Half-Term, and, in spite of the early blackout and other wartime restrictions there are signs that amongst the juniors the old Christmas spirit is still alive !
N. R. MARSHMAN (1926-35)-on September 27th, to Miss Rosemary Cockayne, of Sheffield.
A. J. MAYGER (1926-31)-on September 10th, to Miss Mabel Pagan, of Grindleford.
R. K. COLE (1925-29)-on August 16th, to Miss Elizabeth M. Morrison, of Aberdeen.
J. B. MATHEWS (1928-36)-on August 28th, to Miss Marion Johnson, of Sheffield.
J. C. HAWKSWELL (1926-34)-on August 16th, to Miss Betty M. Plews, of Sheffield.
R. A. TREVETHICK (1924-34)-on October 11th, to Miss Judith M. Bray.
T. F. HUNTER (1922-26)-on November 11th, to Miss Mollie Stockbridge, of Boston.
HOWARD ROBINSON (1926-34)-on November 1st, to Miss Margaret E. Melluish, of Sheffield.
G. D. VICARY (1918-25)--on November 22nd, to Miss Joan Simmons, of Kingston-on-Thames.
(Additions and corrections to December 1st 1941).
WILLIAMS, R. H. D. (1929-37), Able Seaman, R.N.
SWIFT, G. L. (1928-31), Sergt., Royal Air Force V.R.
HORNER, P. N. (1928-36), Corpl., Royal Engineers.
KNOTT, R. C. (1919-22), Sergt. A/G, Royal Air Force.
SNAPE, T. D. (1932-38), Sergt. Air Gunner, Royal Air Force V.R.
LEE, G. G. (1930-37), Sergt. Observer, Royal Air Force.
WINCOTT, G. L. (1931-38), Sergt., Royal Air Force.
ARNOLD, G. N. (1923-31), Sergt., Royal Air Force.
COOPER, G. E. (1931-37), Radio Mechanic; Royal Air Force.
TRUEMAN, R. V. (1934-36), Royal Air Force.
PARRAMORE, P. R. (1922-27), L/Bombardier, Royal Artillery.
GREENING, G. M. P. (1932-36), Gunner, Royal Artillery.
SPALTON, T. E. (1921-28).
TWIDALE, T. H. (1930-35), Royal Artillery.
FULFORD, D. (1929-38), Distinguished Flying Cross.
G. N. ARNOLD was reported missing at sea, shortly after leaving England -in a small merchant ship in convoy. As a Lance Corporal in Field Security he had been working with the R.A.F. on special duties for which his knowledge of languages qualified him, and in July last he was made Sergeant in the R.A.F.
We have heard that J. M. FULFORD is now certainly known to have been killed in action, and his body rests in a grave near Nantes.
J. G. BYRNE has taken part in twenty successful flights under Bomber Command from England, and has now left for a foreign station.
J. B. TEATHER and L. W. FLETCHER met on embarkation for overseas training for the R.A.F.
G. V. CADMAN SMITH last wrote from Kabul, and now as Captain in the R.I.A.S.C., has proceeded beyond the frontier.
D. FULFORD, whose award of the D.F.C. was a recognition of a series of successful operational flights, has been enjoying a busman's holiday at Elstree, where he has been flying a Heinkel for the film production of The Battle of Britain.
F. L. THOMAS sends the following impressions from northern waters :
" Since I joined the ship we have been to Canada and Iceland, with a fleeting visit to the States The American sailors and marines made a great impression on us all as being-as much in the war as we are. They went out of the way to entertain us, and we were loaded with honour when we " invaded " one of their battleships anchored alongside us in Iceland ,. . . They were memorable days, and made more memorable too, when the Prime Minister came on board and spoke to a representative gathering of all the allied ships in the harbour. There were beside British and U.S., Norwegian, Free French, Icelandic, and Danish representatives on board. With the Prime Minister were Ensign Roosevelt, Jnr., as Aide-de-camp, Admiral Sir Dudley Pound, General Sir John Dill, and the Air Chief Marshall. The quarter deck was well laden with ships' companies as well as much gold braid. It was an unforgettable evening.
We were in Iceland for ten weeks. Anchored in a fjord, we could not see the sea, so long and twisting was the fiord. Around and about us mountains towered two and three thousand feet and away in the distance, four peaks, five or six thousand feet high were capped on most occasions in cloud. Skrees full of snow were apparent here and there, but otherwise there was no sign of cold weather : it was as warm as it ever is in Britain. What was missed most were the trees. There is not a natural tree in the island. A few have been cultivated in gardens in Reykjavik. Otherwise the country is covered only with moss and wild flowers . The moss is the softest and greenest moss I have ever trod ; and the different species and shades in colour were astounding. Very little grass was seen anywhere. We did however come across cattle grazing beside on the many streams. There were Icelandic ponies too. The mountain sides abound with sparkling streams ever full with the rain from the hillsides. They poured over precipices and tumbled over rock-strewn beds and then glided gently down a calm still water. With them tumbled fish which could be clearly seen in the exceptionally clear waters of stream and fiord.
Many a long and enjoyable walk I had with my two companions, one in training as a Modern Language teacher at Cambridge, the other in the offices of the Manchester Ship Canal. But now I am paving for those twelve and fourteen mile hikes we had : my feet have been troublesome since I joined the Navy and wore boots for the first time ! Yesterday I was whisked off to a Naval Hospital with erysipelas. But they sent me home again, for which I am very thankful. I did not wish to spend the remainder of my leave in a Naval Hospital."
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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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