|Vol. XI.|| |
|SCHOOL CHAPEL SERVICE||96||SCOUTING||103|
|AIR TRAINING CORPS||96||SWIMMING||105|
|" BADGER'S GREEN "||97||HOUSE NOTES||106|
|HISTORICAL EXPEDITION||97||OLD EDWARDIANS' ROLL OF SERVICE||108|
|LUNCH HOUR CONCERTS||99|
IN a somewhat overcrowded Magazine last term we omitted to record the addition of two new members to the Senior School Staff, Miss L. Williams, M.A., and Mr. W. P. Beddoe, B.Sc., both of the University of Wales. To those we offer our belated, but sincere, welcome ; as also to those who have joined us this term : Miss D. M. Horne, B.A. (London), and Miss J. M. Manners, B.A. (Durham), and Mr. E. L. Vernon, B.Sc. (London).
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Two valued members of the Staff will be leaving at the end of this term. Mr. Sandford, who has been here since September 1940, has been appointed to a post at Bournemouth School. He has given most valuable service in the organisation of School and House Football, and in this department, as well as on the Mathematical Side, his going will leave a large gap. We thank him most heartily for all he has done, and wish him every success in his new post.
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Our other "leaver " is Mr. Lee, whose association with the School dates from 1921. Many generations of Edwardians will remember with gratitude and affection his teaching, his unfailingly efficient direction and encouragement of Swimming (from a period when Open-Air Baths or visits to Glossop Road and other less accessible quarters were the order of the day), and his keen interest in all other athletic and hardy activities. We wish him all success in his appointment as, Science Master at Eckington Grammar School-a short-distance move which, we trust, will make it possible for us to meet him again on many future occasions.
The Prefects this term are : J. Rollin (Head Prefect), D. R. Robinson, D. H. Kay (Captain of Football), M. B. Wilson (Captain of Swimming), F. D. N. Campailla, J. B. W. Keighley, K. S. Ellis, G. A. Corkill, C. K. Haywood (Captain of Athletics), K. Middleton, R. W. Parker, J. P. Kenyon.
We congratulate G. A. Corkill on being awarded a Hastings Scholarship for Physics and Mathematics at the Queen's College, Oxford.
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Armistice Day, November 11th, was observed with the usual service in the Assembly Hall and ceremony at the War Memorial. Wreaths were laid on the Memorial on behalf of the School and the Old Edwardians' Association. The address was given by the Venerable D. E. W. Harrison, Archdeacon of Sheffield.
THE SHEFFIELD ROYAL GRAMMAR SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP of £100 a year for Classics was awarded for the first time in November 1943 to G. H. Langridge, Exhibitioner of Magdalen College, Oxford. Mention of this award was inadvertently omitted from the Honours List published at Speech Day and in the July MAGAZINE.
THE School Chapel Service was held on Sunday, October 22nd. the Rev. William Wallace gave the address. In his vigorous staccato, the preacher propounded the question " Why are we here ? " This question faced us all and had to be answered at some time, otherwise " we should he tossed hither and thither on the sea of circumstance." The Christian answer was that we were here to serve our fellow men. Christ. loci his life in accordance with this ideal. Only by following his example could we make life worth while.
THE death occurred on November 25th of Dr. ROBERT STYRING, at the age of 91. An Honorary Freeman of the city and a former Lord Mayor and Alderman, Dr. Styring was for many years intimately concerned with the affairs of King Edward VII School, both as Chairman of the Governors and as a member of the Education Committee, on which he served for thirty-three years. The scholarship which bears his name, only one among his many benefactions to the University, has been awarded to many Edwardians, and the establishment of the School on a sound footing in its early days owed much to his interest and judgment.
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Dr. N. G. WIGRAM, Major, R.A.M.C (S.R.G.S. and K.E.S. 1905-6) died in London in August, aged 53. He had been resident surgical officer, casualty officer, and house surgeon at the Sheffield Royal Infirmary, and lecturer on Pathology at the University. He had practised for many years in the West End of London.
We heard with deep regret at the beginning of this term of the death of JOHN K. Fox, aged 11 years, as the result of a boating accident, On a day's outing to Lincoln he accidentally fell out of a boat, and in spite of efforts made to rescue him by a woman and two Military Police, who dived into the water, the boy was drowned and the body was not recovered until 9.30 that night. He was interred at Ecclesall churchyard. We offer our sincere sympathy to his relatives and friends in their bereavement.
DURING the first week of the summer holidays 48 members of the School Flight went into camp at an R.A.F. Station near Doncaster with their Flight Commander, F/O C. P. Read, and F/O A. C. Baker, who was transferred to the School Flight at the end of last term.
The staff at the Flying School spared no pains on our behalf and many interesting hours were spent at lectures in the University Block, and in demonstrations at the Armoury and elsewhere.
F/O Baker acted as Liaison Officer to the Flight Commanders, but in spite of all his efforts it was not possible to get every cadet into the air. The majority, however, had at least a taste of " circuits and bumps," and two or three were taken for cross-country flights.
At the end of the camp F/O J. Hulme officially terminated his adjutancy of No. 364 Squadron ; in his place we welcome F/O S. V. Carter.
The School Flight again provided a Guard of Honour for the short ceremony held annually at the School War Memorial on November 11th.
We congratulate Sgt. D. H. Kay and Cpl. K. Middleton on being accepted for a R.N. University Short Course commencing next April.
Squadron Leader Boycott from the Air Ministry recently addressed members of the School Flight on the subject of University Courses of 12 months duration leading to a short service commission in the R.A.F. The Squadron Leader also outlined the probable part the A.T.C. will play as a help to enrolment in the R.A.F. in the future.
It is expected that Group Captain R. Caley, M.C., Officer Commanding Sheffield Wing A.T.C., will inspect the School Flight on Monday. December 11th.
The following promotions have been made this term
Cpl. D. H. Kay to be A/Sgt.
Cpl. D. R. Robinson to be A/Sgt.
Leading Cadet J. B. W. Keighley to be A/Cpl.
1st/Class Cadet M. P. Fanthom to be A/Cpl.
|Doctor Wetherby||J. ROLLIN|
|Mary||W. A. G. DAWSON|
|Mr. Twigg||J. M. WOOLMAN|
|Major Forester||P. BARTHORPE|
|Dickie Wetherby||D. HAWKSWORTH|
|Mr. Butler||F. D. N. CAMPAILLA|
|Mr. Butler's Secretary,||W. R. LAYLAND|
|Morgan||A. J. PARKIN|
|Mr. Rogers||J. HOLLAND|
|Mrs. Wetherby..||L. M. SCOTT|
|-firs. Forrester .,||A. M. TODD|
|William||G. B. WHEELER|
|A Scorer||M. SHEERS|
|A Taxi-driver||F W. CHEETHAM|
|Boys||J. B. BROWN, O. R. HILLER, D. H. WATSON|
R C. SHERRIFF'S straight-forward rustic comedy was shrewdly chosen for the School Dramatic Society's production ; for the actors have no unfamiliar period mannerisms to master, while by the audience its simple Englishry is as readily accepted as Christmas carols. And apart from that inevitable lack of weight in voice, the players were as good as could be looked for in a school production ; any in the audience who carne in duty went away well entertained.
The entertainment began from the first entrance of Barthorpe as Major Forrester ; his performance, slightly lacking in vocal authority, was convincingly easy in manner, and in all the less assertive moments he was really the Major ; the reconciliation episode near the end of the first scene lie did particularly successfully. Rollin, as Doctor Wetherby, bore the main weight with an honest dignity ; some of his gesture suggested the stiffness of maturity, and he held the stage in the last scene. Once the two strong men were together to make a background, the excellence of Woolman's performance of Mr. Twigg showed itself. His apologetic incompetence, his discouraged earnestness, were wholly convincing ; his timing was most effective. Hawksworth, as Dickie, had not quite the requisite polish of the second-year man, but he was lively, and his business was neatly timed. As the builder, Campailla might have portrayed rather more pushfulness ; he seemed hardly the man who bends the countryside to his will ; but he went a good way to charming the audience as well as the village magnates, and, after all, Mr. Butler's behaviour proves him to have been not really a man of concrete.
Of the lesser characters, Holland, as Mr. Rogers, gave a perfect performance of the robustious village publican, who knows his own mind, such as it is ; an almost disconcerting realization. To this. the pert, silly Mary, portrayed by W. A. G. Dawson, made a humorous contrast. Equally pleasing was the cool friendliness of Layland's interpretation of Mr. Butler's Secretary, not an easy character to fit into a school production. Here, as with Forrester and William, the production avoided stock characterisation, and added freshness. Scott, as Mrs. Wetherby, was convincingly nervous and fussy. Boys portraying female characters may observe that women sometimes attend to the state of their heels as well as of their hair. A word should be said for Parkin's Morgan and Wheeler's William-one as a nervous and one as an imperturbable rustic -both life-like.
Make-up and stage management were alike well done. On the small stage, the arrangement was ingenious, particularly the solution of the tent problem in Act III by setting the outside instead of, as implied in the book, the inside. The cricket match was treated simply, with the small crowd well used, and really had us all gazing up into the deep field at the critical moment. Altogether, a not too ambitious play, well done, and genuinely entertaining.
ON the afternoon of Friday, November 3rd, as a result of a kind invitation by the Rev. Arthur King, Rector of Bradfield, and Old Edwardian, the historians of the Modern Sixth and Transitus were able to visit the old village of Bradfield. Met by our host, we were taken first of all to the Rectory, where the Parish Registers---the oldest of which dated back to 1560- -were to be seen, together with some old Sheffield plate. From there we went to a nearby Saxon mound, the size of which--when it was learnt that it had been made entirely by manual labour- -together with its fine defensive construction, surprised all. The last place inspected was the church, where we saw good examples of perpendicular architecture, a Norman arch, a finely carved pulpit, windows both medieval and modern, a font dating back several centuries, and- the oldest piece of history in the village- a Saxon Cross, all of which were pointed out and explained by the Rector. It is hoped that this expedition will be the forerunner of many in the future, as it provided for all an afternoon which was both enjoyable and educational and our best thanks go to the Rev Arthur King.
AS a member of one of the " artistic " (sic) professions, I am entitled to have " artistic " habits. Hence I can and do procrastinate. I was asked to write this introduction to my profession several months ago, but it is not until the day before I am to join H.M.F. that I attempt to do so. That is I think sufficient excuse for its shortcomings. For the rest, I make no apology for any thing said in it, painful or otherwise. A journalist learns to be emotionless and expects others to be like him (fortunately few are !).
It is my duty to explain that every. thing I have to tell you comes from one who has only been a journalist for eight months ; please, therefore, do not expect to find the reminiscences of a Fleet Street reporter here ; or if you do, then don't read any further.
Journalism is a very varied profession. It may not be old in years but it is in experience, and all those who follow it as a career soon become part and parcel of it. I can only speak of being a reporter ; which will, I suppose, raise the question, " What is the difference between a re. porter and a journalist ?." The Oxford English Dictionary will tell you that a reporter is one who " brings back an account, states as an ascertained fact, tells as news, narrates or describes (especially as an eye-witness) events, etc." whereas a journalist is merely one " whose business it is to edit or write for a public journal."
Hence a reporter is a journalist but a journalist need not be a reporter. Similarly the National Union of Journalists caters for reporters, sub-editors, etc., etc.
To be anything like a success in journalism you must possess certain inherent abilities. It is, I admit, possible to train these qualities but in all probability by the time you have done so your days as a journalist will be over. First and fore most comes the ability to mix with people, whatever their creed, colour, politics, morals (if any) or religious views. If you can't make a conversation with a complete stranger, or " nose " your way round a totally unknown district on the scent of a " story," then you'll never get anywhere. Here I might add a further piece of advice-don't go in for journalism if you don't smoke ! Second on the list of necessities comes the power to think and act quickly, and in conjunction therewith the ability to make alternative plans at a second's notice. Already I have been in many situations where hesitation would have lost a good " story." Sometimes you are faced with two " stories "-if you can't decide which to follow up, you're likely to lose both of them. No less important than quick-thinking is the habit of perseverance. When first you enter a newspaper office, you'll probably be told, " A reporter's job is to get his story, and he mustn't come back until he's got it." How true that is. So you must keep doggedly at it, however hopeless your quest may seem, and generally you'll succeed.
A good memory, especially for faces, names, and recent history, both local and national, is another valuable asset. And if you're in any doubt as to whether the man standing at the bus stop really is Mr. Smith, don't hesitate and let him go. Confront him, and hope for the best. At the worst you'll only get a rebuff.
To be a successful reporter you must have absolutely no biases. An open mind when you go out on a " story " is the greatest blessing with which to be endowed ; if you're on a "feature story," such as a coal strike, or anything in the way of a dispute, it is essential to get both sides' views, so forget our own feelings about the matter in' question. Last, but by no means least, in this list of necessities comes the ability to sort the chaff from the grain, and here I really must say that however irksome précis work may be to yon at school, stick at it, for it will stand you in good stead if you go in for journalism. Many are the times I have blessed the members of the staff who taught me précis.
Now for a word or two about the work of a reporter. My experience has been gained so far on a local weekly paper, and the work naturally differs greatly from that of a reporter on a daily, but it is far better to start on a weekly and after a time move on to a daily than vice versa. On a weekly, of course, there is more time to get a big story and to write it up, but believe me when I say that most of my week's work has invariably been done on Wednesday and Thursday, the two days before going to press, and little else during the rest of each week. The presentation of " stories," as all articles and reports are called in the trade, is important, especially in times of restricted space. The ideal is to get all the facts into the first paragraph and after that recapitulate to some extent giving more detail. Then if necessary the rest of the " story " can be scrapped, but the vital first paragraph retained. Gone are the days when journalese was all the vogue. The vast public of to-day demands short, snappy sentences.
A reporter's life is about the most uncertain there is. He never knows from hour to hour, even on a weekly, where he will be or what he will be doing next. He must be prepared to give up all personal pleasures for the sake of his work, but to anyone really keen on the job this is no hardship for the wide variety of experience encountered is ample reward. There are of course many material advantages to be had, such as free passes to all shows (if you've the time to go !), and generally once you've made yourself known in a pleasant sort of way most people will be found willing to help you.
Shorthand, by the way, is not considered so essential nowadays as it used to be, though it is a great asset to be able to write and transcribe it. I know of one reporter on a Manchester national who "covered" a meeting at which two cabinet ministers were speaking and all he took down were the words " SLIPPERY SAM." The meeting over, he went back to the office and wrote up a column and a half report of the ministers' speeches. Some papers go in for personality reporters, rather than expert shorthand writers. Accuracy, however, is another essential of the reporter, for otherwise he may find himself landed in libel actions galore, and as likely as not his paper will " disown " him (just as a government does with a spy) and leave him to his own fate.
In conclusion, I give a rough outline of a recent week's work which I did. Monday -police court occupied most of the morning, whilst all the afternoon went on hearing a woman committed to Assizes for alleged murder. Tuesday morning was spent at Juvenile Court and police court, plus an odd inquest (suicide). A special meeting of the Town Council and a presentation to the manager of the local transport undertaking on his retirement after 40 years' service filled Tuesday evening. Wednesday entailed an interview with the M.O.H. over a tuberculosis rehabilitation scheme, the annual general meeting of the local Sick Nursing Association and a number of other local activity "stories," whilst on Thursday I "covered" three one-act plays, a savings campaign presentation and a " Religion and Life " follow-up meeting. Mind you, there was far more to a week's work than that, but those were the high spots. If that isn't enough variety, well, my advice is--don't be a journalist !
NEARLY fifty regular members of the audience of these concerts have joined the ranks of performers this term as choristers and as the result of steady and enthusiastic rehearsal have become a choir of great promise.
This body of singers made its debut at the second of this term's concerts and was received with such applause by a record audience that it was at once decided to devote a whole concert, on Friday, 8th December, to a programme of Christmas carols and solos and to follow this with a 11 Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas " at the Broompark Congregational Chapel on Thursday, 14th December the readings of the lessons to be shared between members of the Chapel congregation and of the School.
At the time of writing rehearsals are in full swing for these two events and this would seem a suitable occasion to express thanks to the members of the choir for the time and energy which they have given so generously in this great effort - they are to be congratulated on the impressive results which have been achieved.
Other concerts given during the term included a recital of music for oboe and piano (Oboe-P. F. Boswell) ; a concert at which Mr. Watling gave an entertaining and spirited Dickens reading and Messrs. Bowman and Campbell played piano duets ; and a third concert at which T. W. Turner sang some Mozart and Fanthom played some pianoforte solos.
WE welcome Mr. Ross as our President in succession to Mr. Watling who retired from that office at the end of last term. An enthusiastic, though poorly attended debate was held in the library, Tuesday, 17th October. P. Lamb, appealing to our common sense and national pride, proposed the motion that " There should be conscription in Britain after the war." Speaking ex tempore, as R. W. Parker was unavoidably absent, K. S. Ellis, opening for the opposition insisted that conscripts would not be required after the war, and that to equip them suitably would necessitate the continuance of a war-time economy. D. N. Tyler seconded the motion and stressed the need for a strong peace-time armed force to safeguard against future wars. The opposition was seconded by E. H. Webber, who endeavoured to quash Tyler's arguments. The debate was then thrown open to the house. K. Yates provided considerable amusement by delivering a lengthy, though scarcely audible, dissertation on the superiority of the Asiatic races to the European. He refused to be silenced, insisting that he was " just coming to the point" and left considerable doubt as to which side he was supporting. D. Keeton expressed his belief that conscripts would be useless as the weapons they would have trained with would be out of date in a few year's time. J. Rollin agreed with Keeton and maintained that men with a little training would be harder to unite in. say, ten years time, as the different methods taught during the intervening years would cause utter confusion in any total mobilisation of ex-conscripts. Ellis, summing up for the opposition, contented himself with bitter criticisms of the previous speakers, while Lamb once again emphasised the sound commonsense of the motion. The house then divided and the motion was defeated by 9 votes to 3, though some members remained undecided.
At the end of the debate Mr. Ross pointed out the logical errors of all of the speakers. He thought that such debates were usually a waste of time unless each point of the argument was traced to its logical conclusion. The house then decided, at Mr. Ross's suggestion, to curtail debates for a few weeks and hold detailed discussions on controversial points. Mr. Ross proposed to lead a discussion on "Some aims of education " on Tuesday, 14th November, but in his absence an informal discussion was held. However he gave his paper on November 28th which was so detailed and precise that little remained to be discussed.
Next term we hope to hold regular meetings every fortnight and will welcome any additional members into the society.
Early in the term. a Socialist Club a as formed by progressive elements in the School. The chair was kindly taken by Mr. Claypole and K. S. Ellis was elected secretary. The first meeting took the form of a symposium on the policies of the various parties of the left. Later in the term we discussed the " British Empire " and the " Conservative Party." The most important event of the term was a public meeting held on November 27th. at which Mr. J. B. Hynd, M.P., spoke on the "Policy of the Labour Party." There was an attendance of 45 boys and masters. Before the end of term it is hoped to hold a public debate with conservatives in the School.
The Chess Club meets in the Library on Fridays after 4.15 p.m. About half a dozen of our players have developed some ability in dealing with the complicated situations that often arise in the game. They would be worthy opponents of maturer players.
There is still room and material avail. able for more members.
This year the Gramophone Club has been resumed under the presidency of Miss Knight, with fortnightly meetings in the Music Room at 4.30 p.m. on Thursdays.
Records of the Mozart A Major Violin Concerto were played at the first meeting on October 27th and performances of the Brahms' First Symphony and Beethoven's Eighth were given on the following two meetings. The attendance at the first two meetings was not good but has since greatly improved. Next term weekly meetings have been arranged and papers will be presented by members with musical illustrations. It is hoped that everyone interested in serious music will attend.
Enquiries should be made to N. P. Stanley in Room 30.
So far this term we have had four meetings in the large Lecture Room on Thursday evenings, when the average attendance has been about 22. This is very good, but we would like to see more people attending our meetings during the next term. The meetings are not very long, never lasting more than half an hour.
In the first meeting, October 12th, a committee and secretary were elected, and the agenda for the term discussed. Then, on November 2nd, the Rev. J. W. B. Eddison, M.A., spoke on the theme " Soldiers of Christ." Mr. Dewitz on November 10th, told us why he believed in God; and lastly, on November 30th, the Rev. H. N. Gooden told us something of his life as a missionary.
This term we have been very fortunate with regard to visits, several having been arranged for us by Mr. J. Law, for which we heartily thank him. We have as a result renewed several old acquaintances and formed a few new ones.
An old acquaintance revisited after two years was the SHEFFIELD MAGNET Co., LTD., which was the first visit on this term's list. First of all we saw the works where the unmagnetised shapes are made. The variety of magnets made here was amazing-big ones, little ones, U-shaped ones, several peculiar shapes for electrical instruments. The "blanks " are submitted to heat treatment, as a result of which their surface is scaly. They are polished by blowing steel shot at them in a rotating chamber. They are magnetized by passing a momentary electric current through a solenoid in which they are placed. We saw the department where they are all tested. and retired after a very interesting forty-five minutes with a magnet each, many of which carried away a load of the abovementioned steel shot.
Our next visit was a new addition to the society's repertoire - TENNANT'S BREWERY. This was of particular interest to the chemists among us. We received a lecture first of all on the processes involved in the laboratory. The malt is first roasted to the required colour, and is then soaked in water for some days to convert the starch content into maltose. The malt does not meet the yeast till some time later, when after various processes the liquid is mixed with it and allowed to stand. After a while the yeast is skimmed off and the beer, now cloudy, is clarified. It is then kept cool for a long time and at last run off into casks. Bottled beer, it may surprise many people to know, is pasteurised. We saw all these processes in operation. and after sampling both draught and bottled, the party went home in more or less complete sobriety.
The following week we went to the ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT of Sheffield University. We saw a variety of experiments in operation, concerned with such things as the behaviour of steel under both compression and torsion, the peculiar peregrinations performed by a shaft rotating in a bearing under varying loads, and a 100-horse power electric motor which had been obtained for an experiment. We were also shown an authentic wind tunnel, a working model pit-head gear, a model of the local coalfield, and several varieties of miner's safety lamps. The visit was, nevertheless, like this article, somewhat long-winded and tiring, and we did not finish till nearly half-past five.
On the Monday of half-term, we revived the old custom of a half-term visit to foreign parts-this time to PARKGATE IRON & STEEL WORKS. Here the party saw several processes in action a blast furnace, the open hearth process, and a Bessemer converter being the most notable. The guides made no attempt to show us the whole works, but took great pains to make what we did see perfectly clear. After a much-needed wash, we were finally provided with a most excellent tea. Whether owing to this fact or not, this visit was, I think, generally voted the best of the term.
Quite recently we paid a visit to the SEWAGE DISPOSAL DEPARTMENT. This visit provided a refreshing change of atmosphere as well as much enlightening information. The thick of the solid portion of the sewage is allowed to settle out in detritus tanks, and the remainder settles out in continuous flow settling tanks. The disposal of the resulting sludge is a major problem to the people in charge. The liquid sewage contains colloidal suspensions ; these are converted into solids by stirring it tip with paddles, which admit oxygen and sets bacteria, whose spores are already present in the liquid, to work. These bacteria act on the colloids and the solids produced are allowed to settle out in specially designed tanks. The remaining liquid is clear and fit to be discharged into the river --which is the sole object of the sewage farm.
It is doubtful whether any more visits will be arranged this term, but in any case we hope next term will be as successful.
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OLD EDWARDIANS' ASSOCIATION.-Hon. Secretary, R. G. BEARD, 45, Bank Street, Sheffield 1,
0N Thursday, 5th October, 1944, Sir Thomas Beecham brought the London Philharmonic Orchestra to Sheffield to give a concert in the City Hall. This was a very great event in the musical life of the city.
For five years, orchestras, like the rest of us, have been through extremely difficult times and the standard of playing has seriously deteriorated. What, we asked ourselves, could Beecham do, with a few rehearsals, towards restoring the self-confidence and élan vital of the L.P.O. ? At the first roll of the drum for the National Anthem the impossible began to happen and the greatest orchestral conductor that England has produced-possibly the greatest that the world has yet produced--worked a miracle and inspired the L.P.O. to a playing of supreme excellence. A genius was in our midst although we forgot all about him as we closed our eyes and surrendered ourselves to the magic spell which he was weaving. We heard the composer speak to us and understood his thoughts as he had intended. Those of us who had kept pre-war standards of orchestral playing firmly before us during the last five years wept and gasped in our emotional excitement- our memories had not played us false after all, and those of us who had only started our concert going since the war had our first experience of really great music and knew that our elders who had raved about " this Beecham " had not exaggerated.
Thank you, Sir Thomas, for this unforgettable experience.
SINCE the last edition of the School Magazine the 167th Troop has maintained its activities with increasing keenness. Many Patrols have had weekend camps and the chief Summer Camp was at Walesby Forest, near Ollerton, where " A " and " B " troops enjoyed some ideal weather. " C " troop and the Air Scouts camped at Kelham near Newark-on-Trent.
The Troop is now very short of equipment ; wear and tear during the War period, with little opportunity of replacements, has made our serviceable gear very scanty indeed. New equipment will involve considerable expense, and in order to acquire the necessary funds, to buy our requirements when they arc, available after the War, a Parents' Committee was formed to assist in the arrangement of various functions.
The first event was on October 28th, when all and sundry were invited to attend an Open Day. There was a varied programme, including Swimming, Films, Exhibitions, Side-shows, a Bring and Buy Sale, etc., not forgetting a Whist and Bridge Drive.
This event was very successful, and our thanks are due to all those who helped us to raise over £68.
Another effort to raise money was a Dance held on December 1st. This also was a great success. The Dining Hall, was crowded, and all present appeared to have enjoyed themselves. As a result of these two events the Parents' Committee has raised approximately £90, for which we are very grateful.
We regret to have to report that we are losing, after Christmas, S.M. J. A. Medley and A.S.M. R. J. Pryor. We thank each of them for the service they' have so freely given to K.E.S. scouts, and wish them the best of luck in their future careers.
The weather this summer was really fine for camping. Camps were held at Callow Farm near Hathersage and the troop camp at Kelham near Newark, where the canoe provided much enjoyment on the river. Some went on a Y.H.A. tour in North Wales.
At the beginning of term the patrols were rearranged, making three patrols
in all. Recruits were obtained but we need a few more : so for those who are interested, why not join ? Meetings have improved considerably this term and a patrol competition has been held. This concerns attendance in uniform, Scout " quizzes " and games. We hope to build up an extensive Troop library and any contributions will be very welcome.
A Patrol Leaders' training course will be held next Easter, probably in the Lake District.
" C °' Troop was formed just over a year ago, originally to cater for boys who played football on Saturdays and therefore could not attend troop meetings held at the same time. Most of the troop now do not play football on Saturdays and consequently we are able to have " pirates " in the gym on Saturday afternoons. The regular meetings, however, are held on Monday evenings.
One difficulty, when the troop was started, was the great difference in ages between the patrol leaders and their patrols. This has now been largely overcome by the institution of younger patrol leaders and seconds.
Successful camps were held at Grindleford at Whitsuntide and at Kelham near Newark for a fortnight in summer. The latter was made more enjoyable by the fine weather (it rained only for five minutes !), the proximity of the Trent, and the canoe. In addition to these, senior camps were held at Grindleford at Easter and at Great Tower, Windermere, in the summer. Pioneer and Camper Badges were obtained, tracking and stalking were practised, and finally each pair of scouts completed a three-day camping-out hike with full kit.
Most of the troop are now second-class. Those that are not, are making strong efforts to become so, and we hope that by the time this is printed we shall be 100 per cent. second-class. At Christmas we are having a social to celebrate our first birthday. We hope to have films, games, a tea and a camp-fire to finish up with.
Finally we would like to congratulate Wheen and Miller on being appointed patrol leaders, and Law and W. Baker on being chosen as their respective Seconds.
THE loss of several outstanding players from last year's very successful team did not affect the standard of playas much as was expected. This was soon apparent when the team lost narrowly to a very strong Headmaster's XI. After several easy wins the team struck a bad patch when nothing seemed to go right for it, but the players seem to have recovered from this and they should go forward with added strength.
Owing to an injured hand Merrills began the season at centre-forward and reaped a rich harvest of goals, but undoubtedly he is the best goalkeeper. and his deputy, G. H. Robinson, seem, happier at centre-forward where his speed is a great asset. The play of the fullbacks, Grant and D. R. Robinson, has not always "been perfect as regards positional play and kicking but they have played some good games. For some time Kay played strongly at centre-half but it was evident that his constructive ability was wasted there as he is a very good wing-half. The return of Allan, after an accident, has helped to block the way down the middle. Horn is usually sound and plays a hard game but he should try to check a tendency to wander from his position. As a reserve half-back Whiteley displayed neat constructive play but was not quite strong enough in defence.
Wood has played excellent football on the right wing whilst Colebrook on the left-wing, if not such a strong and tenacious player, has nevertheless made excellent use of the ball and should improve rapidly. The inside forwards, Keighley and Haywood, have schemed well and their neat passes have produced many goals for the other members of the forward line. On the other hand the inside-forwards should remember their defensive duty and prevent the opposing wing-halves from bringing the ball through to start an attack. Keighley can place the ball when shooting and might make more use of long shots.
Mr. Bestall has again given invaluable coaching after School hours although his presence on the touch-line for the matches has been missed. The attendance at practice has been good. Kay has captained the team very efficiently and should lead it on to further successes next term.
|Sept. 23||At Stretton. K.E.S. 6, Derby School 2.|
|Sept. 27||At home. K.E.S. 5, The Headmaster's XI 6.|
|Sept. 30||At Rotherham. K.E.S. 5, Rotherham G.S. 0.|
|Oct 7||At home. K.E.S. 9, Barnsley G.S. 4.|
|Oct. 14||At Repton. K.E.S. 7, Repton School 2nd XI 2.|
|Oct 21||At home. K.E.S. 11, Ackworth School 0.|
|Oct. 28||At home. K.E.S. 5, Sheffield University 2nd XI 6.|
|Nov. 4||At York. K.E.S. 6, Bootham School 1.|
|Nov. 11||At High Storrs. K.E.S. 2,, High Storrs G.S. 3.|
|Nov. 1S||At Firth Park. K.E.S. 1, Firth Park G.S. 7.|
|Dec. 2||At home. K.E.S. 5, Firth Park G.S. 2.|
|Dec. 9||At Manchester. K.E.S. 2, Manchester G.S. 6.|
The record to date is quite good. Of the seven games played, five have been won and two lost. The two defeats were sustained when the team was not at full strength.
The defence, containing several hefty players has been very sound. The strong kicking and tackling has been especially noticeable.
Of the forwards Nicholson has played vigorous and effective football in the centre. The inside forwards have also shown good form, Wreghitt's play being very neat and Elliff's play of the thrustful type.
|Sept. 23||At home. K.E.S. 5, Derby School 1.|
|Sept 30||At home. K.E.S. 4, Rotherham G.S. 8.|
|Oct. 7||At Barnsley. K.E.S. 4, Barnsley G.S. 2.|
|Oct. 21||At home. K.E.S. 11, Ackworth School 0.|
|Oct. 2S||At Nether Edge. K.E.S. 1, Nether Edge G S. 1st XI 7.|
|Nov. 11||At home. K.E.S. 5, High Storrs G.S. 2.|
|Dec 2||At Firth Park. K.E.S. 4, Firth Park G.S. 0.|
As usual it has been difficult to obtain a team in this age group. The captain, Lindley, has played very good football and he has brought the team along very well. He has been well supported by Lewis, J. F., whilst barley has proved to be a most capable goalkeeper.
Sept. 23 At Ecclesfield. K.E.S. 0, Ecclesfield G.S. 2nd XI 5.
Oct 28 At home. K.E.S. 2, Nether Edge G.S. 2nd XI 0.
Nov. 11 At High Storrs. K.E.S. 0, High Storrs G.S. 3.
The Under 14 XI has won one game and drawn one so far this season. Defeats however, have not been so heavy as last year. We hope for better results next term.
Mousley has developed into an enthusiastic captain who does his best to hold the team together. Fletcher has been outstanding in defence, whilst Hallows and Keighley have been the best of the forwards.
|Derby School (Under 14)||Home won 2-0|
|Southey Green S. (Under 14)||Home Lost 0-7|
|Nether Edge G.S (Under 14)||Away Lost 1-4|
|High Storrs G.S. (Under 14)||Home. Lost -5|
|Firth Park G.S. (Under 14)||Home. Drew 2-2|
ONE Swimming match has been held this term against a team representing the Sheffield Council of Boys' Clubs. The School won by 37 to 26 points in very exciting match. A. V. Swindale, A. Ditchfield, J. T. Marsh, and A. M. Todd are specially to be congratulated upon their individual performances. Thanks are due to Mr. Price for his help in the training of the team. We look forward to continued success in contests with Repton, Leeds, and Manchester G.S. in the Summer Term.
At the end of this term School Swimming suffers a great loss with the departure of Mr. Lee, who for many years has so ably organised the School swimming sports. We should like to express our gratitude to him, on behalf of swimmers past and present, for the magnificent way in which he has carried out this far from easy task.
TEAM (V. SHEFFIELD COUNCIL of Boys' CLUBS o?. NOVEMBER 18TH) : Swindale, A. V. ; Ditchfield, A. ; Edwards, G. T. ; Marsh, J. T. ; Wilson, M. B. ; Tebbet, E. Pearson, T. N. ; Todd, A. M. ; Thorpe, F. G. ; Marsh, G. B. ; Laybourn, K. ; Robinson, 0. IL; Cooper, J. E.
The House has so far had a very successful term. The Knock-Out Cup has been won after an exciting, and particularly muddy, final against Clumber who were beaten 6-2. The 1st XI is at present top of the league, having won five games and drawn one. The 2nd and 3rd XI's have also done quite well, both being well up in the tables. Next term we have the Cross-Country and Athletic Sports to contend with, and with rigorous training there is a good possibility of restoring the CrossCountry cups to Arundel ; also we hope to do well in the Athletic Sports. Members of the House must remember that it is team work that gets results in all these forms of sport, and we ask everyone to come in and do their full share next term. The last weeks have been saddened by the death, on Active Service of Sergt. Pilot Brian Teather, R.A.F., who a short time ago was our House Captain. We express our deep sympathy with his mother and his wife. We welcome Mr. Graham back after his operation, and give a welcome also to all those who have come into the House this term, asking each one of them to do his share in keeping the House at the top of all the House competitions. We said goodbye last term to Burgan, Eadon, and Dixon, and wish them the best of luck in whatever they undertake.
The progress of the House this term has been fairly satisfactory and it is hoped that the 2nd XI will finish the season at the position in its football league which it now occupies namely at the top. The 1st XI has played good football and has been unlucky to lose at least one game by the margin of a single goal. In the Knock-Out competition, the House team, after a comfortable victory over Lynwood in the first round, was defeated 3-0 in the Semi-Final by a very forceful team in Arundel : the team never succeeded in settling down on a very heavy ground. The 3rd XI contains some useful young players and an all-out effort should capture this Cup for the Chatsworth cupboard. We have been pleased to see some Old Boys in House Prayers and at Whiteley Woods supporting the House activities : Beech,
Dronfield, Hirst, Earl, Frost, and Palmer were all looking very fit. Training should begin immediately after the holidays for the Athletic Sports, Cross-country Run, Water Polo and Swimming, and we look fore. and to success in all these sports. Congratulations to Middleton, who has been appointed a Prefect.
House football has taken a decided turn for the better this term. We congratulate Horn and his Knock-Out XI on their success ; though they did not achieve final victory, this was not due to any lack of effort on their part and they are to be complimented on their fine performance in reaching the finals. The House 1st XI, under Wilde, has had a very successful term, losing only one match so far ; here Nicholson, Pearson, and Crowe, together with Wilde, are to be congratulated on a fine all-round performance. Also the 2nd and 3rd XI's, under the leadership of Barber and Cockshott respectively, have more than held their own, making up with keenness and determination what they lack in experience. Finally, we tender our congratulations to Horn, on being elected House Football Captain ; to Grant, on being chosen to play for the School 1st XI ; to Kenyon, on being appointed House Captain and Prefect, and also to Woolman, on a very fine and enjoyable performance in the School Play.
We should first like to welcome all new members to the House, and hope they will do their utmost to help to restore Haddon to its rightful place-at the top ! This term our activities have been confined to football. In the Knock-Out we were unfortunate to draw the finalists, Arundel, who beat us by 6 - 3 only after an extremely good game. The league 1st XI has had only moderate success, but has been unlucky to lose by the odd goal on several occasions ; Baigent, Siddell, and Furniss are to be congratulated on their consistent play, and, in recent weeks, the teain as a whole has proved more successful. The 2nd and 3rd XI's have not been outstanding, but
they contain a number of very useful young players, among whom Green, Baker, and Beeley, H. G., deserve special mention. Apart from certain individuals, there continues to be a marked lack of enthusiasm in the Upper and Middle School sections of the House, though the Lower School is, in general, both keen and helpful. We should like finally to congratulate those who have been chosen to represent the School: Mousley on his appointment as Captain of the Under 14 XI, Baigent on his election for the School 2nd XI, and Wood on being chosen for the School 1st XI ; also Keighley on being appointed Head of the House and Captain of Football.
Taken as a whole, House football this term has been fairly successful. The 1st XI, under the captaincy of Corner, has fought its way to second place in the House League competition, both Corner and Lindley, to mention but two, having played consistently well. The first round of the Knock-Out competition against Chatsworth resulted in a 4-0 defeat of Lynwood. The attack was considerably weakened by the light build of the forward line and this probably contributed to the result. Once again, size has proved a limitation to the success of the 2nd and 3rd XI's. More accurate passing and an open game should help to offset this handicap. However, there is noticeable enthusiasm among certain of the younger players which should augur well for the future. Absence and lack of football boots have not helped the situation, several desirable members being unable to play for these reasons. It is to be hoped that stronger 2nd and 3rd XI's will redeem their losses next term. Our House Captain is C. K. Haywood, who is also Captain of Football. Finally, the House should be reminded that in order to retain its leading position in the sphere of athletics, training for the CrossCountry race early next year should begin in good time. Energetic support from the younger members is vital to Lynwood's future success.
The House congratulates J. Rollin, its House Captain, on being appointed Head Prefect. We also congratulate G. A. Corkill and R. W. Parker on being made Prefects. Corkill has proved
himself an enthusiastic and able Football Captain, and we also take this opportunity of congratulating him on his Hastings Scholarship at Queen's College, Oxford. At sport the House has not been outstandingly successful, but our younger members show great promise, and we expect much of them in the near future. In the 1st XI, the half-back line has played stalwart football, and we end this term's notes in the hope that we shall meet with more success next term.
Football this term in Welbeck has not had the success of former years. The 1st XI has done reasonably well, against the more experienced XI's of other Houses. The 2nd XI, under the able captaincy of Richardson, has shown promise and has some good young players for following seasons. The 3rd XI is progressing and has acquitted itself well. We all regret the departure of Mr. Sandford, our capable House Tutor, who is taking an appointment in the South. His advice and general interest have been very much appreciated by both Welbeck and the School. We wish him every success in his new sphere of activity. At the end of the term we also have to say goodbye to Wilkinson, who has been a keen House Captain this last term. Next term will see the Cross-Country and, we hope, the necessary vigorous training.
This term we must say goodbye to Mr. Lee who is leaving us to take up the post of Science Master at Eckington Grammar School. He came to Wentworth as House Master in 1939, and in that capacity has followed House activities with keen interest and has given every encouragement to all its members. We wish him every happiness for the future and hope that he will remember the last five years as Housemaster of Wentworth with justifiable pride. The standard of football in the House has risen, but even now the teams must learn to realise that team work is by far the most important factor in the game. The Knock-Out XI beat Welbeck in the first round, but fell to Clumber in the semi-final. The House League 1st XI has played well under the captaincy of Clixby, and the four wins which it has gained are largely due to the efforts of Whiteley and Swallow, not forgetting the rising generation in Bingham, Prideaux, and Hallows. The 2nd XI has not met with much success, but Miller's 3rd XI has played extremely well to win five of their six matches. We hope that the second half of the season will bring an even greater measure of success and put the Wentworth teams at the top of the Leagues-their proper place. Finally, we wish all the members of the House a very happy Christmas and a prosper. pus New Year.
(Additions and corrections to December 1st, 1944)
ATTY, J. C. (1933-39), Gunner, R.A. (Anti-Tank).
HOOPER, W. R. (1924-33), Lieut., Royal Tank Regt
JOHNSON, P. L. (1930-39), P./0., R.A.F.V.R.
MARRIAN, P. L. (1930-33), Lieut., R.N.R.
TEATHER, J. B. (1934-41), Sgt Pilot, R.A.F.
HODSON, M. A. N. (1930-38), Flight Sergt., R.A F.
GARRISON, W. R. (1934-38), Pilot Officer, R.A.F.
JUDGE, R. J. (1932.30), Sec. Lieut., Duke of Wellington's Regt.
LUMB, V. (1930-34), Parachute Regt.
THORPE, D. R. B. (1932-39), Flight Officer, R.A.F.V.R.
MATTHEWS, R. (1934-38), Flight Sergt., R.A.F. D.F.M.
WOOD, G. S. (1927-35), Capt., R.E.M.E. Mentioned in Despatches.
JOHNSON, J. E. (1921-25), Capt , R.A.M.C. Mentioned in Despatches.
ARNOLD, G. (1924-28), Lieut., Parachute Regt.
ATTY, R. B. (1930-37), R.A.F.
BEECH, E. W. (1935-41), Flying Officer, R.A.F.V.R.
BRAY, R. W. (1930-37), Squadron Leader, R.A.F.V.R. D.F.C.
BROOKING, F. E. (1920-23), Lt. Commander, R.N
BROWN, P. (1925-31), Flight Lieut., R.A.F.V.R.
CANTRELL, G. (1935-41), R.A.S.C.
CANTRELL, R. (1936-42), K.O.Y.L.I.
DENMAN, J. G. (1935.42), Pilot Officer, R.A.F.V.R.
DRONFIELD, R. (1936-42), Sub-Lieut., R.N V.R
EAGERS, D. (1934-40), Sub-Lieut., R.N.V.R.
EARL, P. R. W. (1934-42), Pilot Officer (Instructor), R.A.F.V.R.
EDGELEY J. D. (1935-43) Sub-Lt. (A.) R.N.V.R.
FENTON, I'. (1937-44), York & Lanes. Regt.
FIRTH, N. B. (1934-39), Sergt., R.A.F
FROST, P. J. (1934-44), R.A.F.
GLATMAN, L. (1933-39), Lieut , Airborne Division.
GLATMAN, S. W. (1937-41), A.C.1, R.A.F.
GLOSSOP, G. E. (1935-40), Pilot Officer, R.A.F.V.R.
GRANVILLE, P. S. (1935-44).
HARRISON, A. F. (1936-43), R.A.F.
HARRISON, R. H. (1924-31), Capt., R.C.S.
HAYCOCK, P K. (1922-29), Capt., Green Howards
HIDES, J. 1). M (1937-43), R.A.P.C.
HOLLES, T. T. (1936-41), R.N.
HORNER, F. K. (1926-33), Lieut., Intelligence Corps
HORNSBY, A. L. (1923-29), Supt of Police. Africa Rifles.
HORNSBY, E. J. (1920-27), Staff Captain.
HUDSON, P. G. (1937-43), Writer, R.N.
HUTCHINS, R. G. (1929-34), Lieut., Royal Engineers.
JEFFRIES, A. (1923-29), Capt., R.A.
JOHNSON, F. G. (1935-43), R.N.
KILNER, G. R. (1935-42), Sub-Lieut., R.N.V.R.
LEEMING, D. (1937-44), R.A.F.
LEESON, J. M. (1936-43) G.S C.
LIMB, S. (1932-36), Staff Sergt., R.A.M.C.
NORNABLE, G. (1926-32), Lieut., London Scottish.
MATHER, E. D. (1933-43), R.N.
SHADDOCK, J. H. (1936-42), L./Writer (Sp.), R.N.
SHIRTCLIFFE, R. (1919-26), Flight Lieut., R.A.F.
SKINNER, E. 0. (1924-30), Armt./S./Sergt., R.E.M.E.
STATON, R. A. (1936-44). Writer, R.N.
STEERING, F. E. L. (1933-38), R.A.F.
TARPLEY, M. E. (1924-28), Capt.., R.A.P.C.
TWYFORD, H. R. (Master), Flight Lieut, R.A.F.V.R.
UPTON, J. H. P. (1932-40), Capt.. Reconnaissance Regt.
UPTON, J. M. L (1937-42), Sub-Lieut., R.N.V.R.
WASNIDGE, P. 11. (1936-40), Pilot Officer, R.A.F.V.R
WHEATLEY, M. F. (1932-42), Pilot Officer, R.A.F.V.R.
WHITELEY, E. (Master), Flying Officer, R.A.F.V.R.
WOODCOCK, D. H. (1930-38), Capt., R.A.
J. C. ATTY, Gunner, Royal Artillery (Anti-tank Battery), was killed in action on the Western Front in October, 1944. A report from his Commanding Officer said that his tank had just knocked out a German tank, and Atty had climbed out to repair the aerial which had been hit by enemy fire, when a mortar shell burst near him, killing him instantly.
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W. Roy HOOPER, Lieut., Royal Tank Regiment, was killed in action during the evacuation of Arnhem in September 1944. On leaving School in 1933 he became a reporter on the staff of the Daily Independent, and later became staff representative in Sheffield for the News Chronicle He enlisted in the Royal Tank Regiment in October 1939 and served in Palestine and North Africa. He was one of the first Commandos, and on being commissioned while still abroad was posted to his old unit in Italy.
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P. L. JOHNSON, Pilot Officer, R.A.F., V.R., was killed on air operations in May, 1944. He had been in the R.A.F. since leaving School in 1939, was trained in Canada, and obtained his commission in 1942. His Commanding Officer writes that he " was held in high esteem by his superior officers and became an excellent pilot and ranked high in his squadron as a night fighter " His body is buried at Champignol, France.
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P L. MARRIAN, Lieut., R.N.R., had been reported missing in February 1944. It was some time before definite news could be obtained, but it is now known that he was killed outright while on duty on the bridge of his ship when it was torpedoed in the Mediterranean.
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R. V. MATHER, Lieut , The Green Howards, died of wounds in France in June 1944. His Commanding Officer wrote : " Bob particularly distinguished himself during the landings on D-day and afterwards, and I should like you to know how well he did and how very much his Company, the Battalion and I will miss him." Mather gained the degree of LL.B. at Sheffield University in June 1940 and entered the Army the following month, obtaining his commission in December 1940. He was engaged to Miss Barbara Hamer of Sheffield.
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R. M. SHARDLOW, Flight Lieut , R.A.F.V.R , was killed in a flying accident while on a training course in Africa, in July 1944. He left the University to join the R.A.F. in July 1940, trained as a navigator in S. Africa, and after being commissioned served for a year in Kenya on education and other duties. As Flying Officer he served in the Middle East and later with an Australian Squadron as Flight Lieutenant and Squadron Navigation Officer. He had decided to make a career in the R.A.F and was accepted for a Staff Navigator's Course at Queenstown.
His Commanding Officer wrote " Although your son had only been under my command for a short period, he had become extremely popular with all ranks by reason of his outstanding personality, and his loss is keenly felt by all His death, however, is not only a great loss to this station but to the service as a whole "
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J. B. TEATHER, Flight Sergt., R.A.F.V.R, was reported missing in October 1944, and is now known to have been killed in air operations over Belgium.
He had been in the R.A.F. since September 1941, having trained in S. Africa. In October 1943, he married Miss Joan Holgate, of Wolverhampton ; a child was born to them shortly before Brian Teather's death.
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R. J. JUDGE, Second Lieut., Duke of Wellington's Regt., was reported missing in October 1944, a month after receiving his commission in the field daring the Normandy operations.
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V. LUMB, Sergt., Parachute Regiment, after being reported missing from the Arnhem battle, is now known to be a Prisoner of War in Germany. Lumb had been on service with the R.A.M.C. since the beginning of the war, was evacuated from Dunkirk, and volunteered for the Parachute Regiment in April 1942. He was one of the " Red Devils " of the Tunisia campaign, was wounded, and got back to England in December 1943.
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D. R. B. THORPE, Flying Officer, R.A.F.V.R. is a Prisoner of War in Germany. He was reported missing from a bombing raid over Frankfurt in September, and news of his capture first came from a German broadcast message in October. This has now been confirmed by official authority.
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RONALD MATTHEWS, Flight Sergt., R.A.F., was awarded the D.F.M. for " Keenness in locating the objective while his aircraft was being pursued by a Junkers 88." He helped to mine the Danube and took part in precision bombing raids on oil refineries.
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GEOFFREY ARNOLD, Lieut., Parachute Regiment, has been mentioned as taking a leading part in operations in southern France, when British parachutists were dropped into hostile territory to prepare for Allied landings on the Riviera coast. With members of the former Spanish International Brigade he succeeded in dynamiting a bridge and taking some German prisoners.
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A. E. LEEDING, who has seen service in India as Lance Sergt. in the R.F.A., has been released from the Army to organise social work in Colombo in the capacity of Probation Officer, holding the first appointment of that kind there. He hopes to be joined shortly by his wife and children
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K. W. CRAVEN has been invalided out of the Royal Navy, having held the rank of temporary Sub-Lieutenant.
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J. H. P. UPTON is Captain and Adjutant, 53rd Reconnaissance Regiment, serving in Holland.
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J. M. L. UPTON, Sub-Lieut., R.N.V.R„ served in the Normandy landing as Second Officer of Tank Landing Craft.
R. G. HUTCHINS, Lieut., R.E., was married at Fort Frederick, Ceylon, to Miss Johanna Mackay, W.R.N.S., of Glasgow.
E. N. PHAFF was married on July 13th, to Miss Betty Webb, of Carrog, North Wales.
G. J. WRIGHT was married on October 17th, to Miss Kathleen Fillingham.
To the wife of Petty Officer A. A. RAYNER, R.N., on August 29th, a daughter (Rosalind Margaret).
Editor, K.E.S. Magazine.
21st August, 1944.
That it is necessary in " This Year of Grace' to attract attention to the fact that " the bizarre brilliance of former days " is gone is a disappointment, to say the least, to 0.E.'s whose memories are balanced more by the recollections of Concerts, Speech Days, Dramatic Societies and Explorers' Clubs, than by scholastic achievement. Of such are my memories of 1928-35 composed.
There are, I suppose, no pupils new in the School who recall the Wednesday afternoon and occasional whole day Saturday trips with Mr. Green "Exploring" the ancient buildings surrounding your City : Chatsworth and Hardwick, Nottingham Castle and Eyam. Or his annual expeditions beyond the shores of England to the places whence now emanate Doodle bugs. It is these days I remember---especially the last trip Mr. Green conducted to Wimereux in August 1933. I was the youngest member of that party -or was Peter Tyzack younger ?-it doesn't matter. That was my introduction not only to foreign parts but also to the sea -for a whole hour and a half of it ! We read afterwards that D-day had the worst storm for 43 years ! No wonder I was seasick. But it made me respect the sea. And now, here I am in the Navy, and still being seasick. I have been for nearly two days continuously. That is why my pen doesn't follow the prescribed rules of writing nor my mind, perhaps, the usual expressions of thought. The ship rolls so do I and the pen is apt to slip or shake. This is not an excuse for my bad writing. I write badly in any case, thanks to the curse of an ability to type quicker than I can write.
But seasickness or no, there are no regrets for my four and a half years in this regiment.
During recent enforced idleness on my back, I had occasion to consider the potential joys of the regular " all-night-in." When I look back on pre-'39 days the regularity of eight hours continuous sleep seems to recall no pleasures whatsoever. I didn't know any better. The occasional all-night train journey from London to Glasgow by sleeper was regarded as something of an undertaking. Was the extra day's leave- then called holidays - worth the discomfort of being wobbled from side to side over steel tracks for nine hours-and I certainly wouldn't do it for less than a week at home ! Now standing in a corridor outside a luggage van with a first-class ticket in my pocket is no deterrent to doing the same journey for 4 days leave ! In fact it is almost a rest after standing on a windy bridge watching a convoy straggle in the rain while U-boats or E-boats press home their attack.
But then there are the lighter shades of watchkeeping on the bridge. There are nights of star-spotted sky with a moon reflected by a calm rippled sea. There are long days of eternal darkness up north or longer nights of eternal day in the same waters six months later. There are days of twelve hours dark and twelve of light, almost to the minute on the Equator all the year round. All these experiences robbed me of my " all-night-in " and what did I have in return ? Something I would not have missed for all the tea in China or all the snow in Artica. I have seen the world at the Government's expense-your expense as a taxpayer if you like. " From Greenland's icy mountains to India's coral caves " is a truth for me-and more than that. Certainly it was incidental to operational requirements, but none the less appreciable-chasing the Japanese fleet off Burma-invading Madagascar -calling in at Saint Helena and Gibraltar- bathing on Christmas Day in Freetown-celebrating my 21st in Canada or being seasick off Bear Island on another Christmas Day - all these are war days in these ships in which I have served, but they are memories as imperishable as that first day I was seasick eleven years ago and as the background against which I was then - as now--small fry.
K.E.S. or " King Alfred," O.E. or R.N.V.R., all are or, I trust, will he, happy thoughts to dwell upon where in the mood sentimental as I am now.
Yours very sincerely,
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October 20th, 1944.
Dear Mr. Editor,
Have just received, rather late, the March edition of the Mag., and note therein extracts from some of my letters. I thought that it might interest you to know that I have been fortunate enough to have been able to make two far more interesting treks into the little known parts of the Himalayas. One trek on which I had six coolies, took me a 130 miles walk into the country of Sikkim to its Capitol Gantok. The high lights of this trek were : the huge size and colour of the butterflies, these having a wing-span of over a foot ; the persistence and trouble of millions of loathsome leeches, and the meeting with a lone Englishman who had just returned from the forbidden city of Lhasa in Tibet.
The last trek, from which I have recently returned, and on which I had eight coolies and a mule, took me over the Himalayas into Tibet, via the Jelap and Patu La passes at a height of fifteen thousand feet, during which I met both perfect. weather and howling blizzards. The highlights of this trip were many, the most interesting being that all my coolies deserted me at 13,500 ft owing to bad weather, and I had a devil of a job to obtain a few Tibetans.
The views from the Jelap, of the Tibetan plateau and the 26,000 foot sacred mountain of Chomo Shari were superb ; the extraordinarily beautiful Chumbi valley and its amazing inhabitants ; the weird and desolate Goompy of Kargal, and lastly a surprising walk for about ten miles on a narrow ledge with a sheer drop of over three-quarters of a mile on one side and a thousand foot precipice on the other.
It took me six months and a medical exam. before I obtained Government permission to go to Tibet, but the views and excitement experienced, together with the collection of some good curios, made the trek well worth while.
In conclusion, I will say that while being pushed round the world free of charge by the War Office, I am going to obtain the maximum interest value possible.
Sorry to see Lynwood is down the football list such a long way, hope they are a bit higher up when I look at the next Mag. I have been wandering round India now for three years and so far have not met a single K.E.S. fellow.
My friend and I have taken over 4,000 feet of 16 mm. movie film, both colour and black and white, so with luck we should be able to bring home some very interesting records of India, Sikkim and Tibet.
Well, I will now say cheerio as I must take refuge under my mosquito net.