King Edward VII School Magazine

Vol. XI.
December, 1943
No. 4.





THE following have been appointed Prefects this term : D. E. Cantrell, D. A. Crowder, A. S. Hirst, P. G. Hudson, B. B. Major, J. Rollin, J. L. E. Sutton, J. Whatlin. G. Rhodes is Head Prefect and B. B. Major Captain of Football.

We congratulate the winners of six Scholarship awards which have been announced since last July : D. A. Crowder, Major Scholarship for Modern Languages at Trinity College, Cambridge ; R. V. Clements, Open Scholarship for History at the Queen's College, Oxford ; B. Hitchcock, Exhibition for Natural Sciences at Clare College, Cambridge ; H. W. Stagg, Exhibition for English at Jesus College, Cambridge ; P. G. Hudson, Hastings Scholarship for Classics, and J. L. E. Sutton, Hastings Scholarship for Mathematics and Physics at the Queen's College, Oxford.

New members of the Staff whom we welcome this term are : Miss E. M. Knight, B.A., London, on the Classical side ; Mr. A. G. Campbell, B.A., London, Modern Languages ; and in the Junior School Miss 0. Preston, who is teaching Art, Mr. Sibley having been transferred to the Senior School to the place formerly occupied by Dr. Behrend. We regret that Mr. Rosenberg will be leaving us at the end of this term to be chief Chemistry

Master at King Edward VI School, Nuneaton. During his short stay with us he has given valuable service both on the Science side and with the A.T.C., and we shall miss him very much.

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We have all been very sorry to learn also that Mr. Richards is to leave us at the end of this term. When he relin­quished an already well-earned retirement for another spell of active service, coming here to take Mr. Patter's place in 1941, he brought with him not merely a reputation as author and educator, but a fund of enthusiasm and resourcefulness which many a younger man might envy, and which he has devoted unsparingly to the School-notably in his benevolent tute­lage of irrepressible 3B and in the direc­tion of the Debating and Discussion Society. The Upper School of these three years owes much to Mr. Richards for his encouragement of those leisured and cultural activities which might easily have been submerged under the tide of war-time needs and difficulties, and we wish him renewed health and " all the best."

Armistice Day, November 11th, was observed with the customary service in Assembly Hall and ceremony at the War Memorial. The address was given by Canon J. W. Gleave, Vicar of St. Mark's.


(The late Pilot Officer DAVID FULFORD, D.F.C., whose death on active service is now unhappily presumed, left a considerable quantity of written material describing his adventures over­seas. We are privileged to publish the following extract describing the climax of his fighting service in the Far East).

SEVERAL weeks after the fall of Singapore, I arrived in Trincomalee, a seaport on the north-east side of Ceylon, with my fighter squadron, which consisted of about thirty pilots and the same number of aircraft. We heard the news that the Japs were advancing through Rangoon towards Burma, and realised that an attack on Ceylon was imminent.

The next few weeks were spent in feverish activity, opening out clearings in the jungle for satellite aerodromes, which were to prove invaluable in the events which followed. On the evening of April 9th, 1942, we learned that a number of enemy aircraft carriers escorted by other naval units, had made attacks on Madras and on allied shipping in the Bay of Bengal, and were even now steaming southward towards Ceylon.

We went to bed at an early hour, filled with expectation of what might happen on the morrow. I remember being wakened at five o'clock by the sound of the air-raid warning ; leaping out of bed, I dressed hurriedly and ran down to the dispersal point, in the growing light, to find several other pilots already there, climbing into their flying suits and donning their " Mae Wests." " Ops " informed us that there was no immediate danger, so we had a little time in which to plan out methods of defence, etc. It was decided I should do the Dawn Patrol with Sergeant Rawnsley and Sergeant Walton, so the three of us climbed into our aircraft and called " Ops " on the " R.T." who instructed us to stand by for a little while.

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At about seven o'clock we were instruc­ted to take off, and orbit the harbour at 15,000 feet. We patrolled at this height for several minutes and were then told to fly out due east to meet a strong plot, which " Ops " said were sixty miles out to sea and flying towards the harbour. We flew straight into the rising sun for about ten minutes and then, to protect my eyes from the glare, I led my section into a towering cumulus cloud, which action probably saved our lives, for im­mediately afterwards, flying directly along the course which we had been flying, we spotted several formations of Japanese bombers, about fifty in all, escorted by a similar number of fighters.

" Heavens!        There are thousands of them."

The fighters were flying singly and scattered all over the sky so that I had a little difficulty in avoiding some of them. I climbed away northwards, giving the alarm on the radio with the familiar cry "Tally-ho-o," and informing " Ops " of the enemy's strength and position. After manoeuvring for position behind the enemy and in the sun, we dived to the attack, and selecting a " Navy Zero " fighter, I flew up behind him and fired a long burst into his entrails from short range. He practically disappeared in a cloud of smoke and debris, and when I next saw him clearly, he was spinning down towards the sea. A few moments later the stricken aircraft shed its star­board wing, and was last seen spinning viciously down into the sea.

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I had become so engrossed by this thrilling spectacle that I had wasted several precious moments, which almost proved fatal. I looked round for my companions, but could not pick them out from the cloud of machines, which were climbing up hard on my heels, intent on avenging the fate of their comrade. I was in a bad spot. I had been told that my " Hurricane " was capable of outclimbing my enemies, so I pulled my nose up and opened up my throttle to escape, but I was too late. The vicious-looking Jap fighters were already in range, and spew­ing out white smoky tracer. In that moment my mind worked rapidly. I decided that life was too sweet to lose and that I must do something mighty quick, so turning over on my back, I dived straight through them, twisting and turn­ing to avoid their fire. They let me go, probably assuming that I had been hit.

I pulled out of my dive at 2,000 feet and flew north, my heart beating wildly, but conscious of a sense of intense relief at shaking off my pursuers. I now had plenty of time to look round and calm my shaken nerves. Looking out and seeing that I was quite alone, I checked my fuel and deciding that I had enough left for about half-an-hour's flying, I climbed up southwards again and found myself back over the harbour at 20,000 feet.

I could see no other aircraft in sight at the moment, so I took a look at the har­bour and aerodrome and witnessed the gruesome spectacle of high-explosive bombs bursting amongst the ships, the aerodrome buildings and the docksides, and, vaguely discernible, fighter aircraft dog-fighting far below.

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At last I saw the thing I had been waiting for ; a scattered formation of bombers was leaving the target area, loosely escorted by odd enemy fighters and flying south-east, about 10,000 feet below me. I throttled back my engine and glided gently down on to the tail of an enemy fighter, holding my fire until I was right in his slipstream, and then emptying all my remaining ammunition in one terrific burst into the unsuspecting Jap. The enemy aircraft turned gently on its back and dived straight down into the sea, hitting the water at high speed, and leaving an ominous patch of green on the surface, marking the position of his last resting place.

On my way home to the burning aero­drome, I saw several lone " Hurricanes " fiercely engaging a force of Japanese fighters which outnumbered them about six to one, but there was nothing I could do to help, except breath a silent prayer for their safe return.

I hugged the trees to avoid being seen by enemy aircraft, and landed at the battered-looking aerodrome without further incident.

I was one of the first to land, and spent an anxious time in the dispersal hut waiting for news of the other pilots. Two of the machines had crashed on the aero­drome, one of which was that of Sergeant Rawnsley, who was hit in the leg, but who had escaped without serious injury. He told me that he and Walton had each shot down an enemy fighter, but sad to relate, poor Walton was not to celebrate his victory. He had been shot down by overwhelming numbers.

Somebody who had not been in the air told me that my C/O had taken off last, and had been shot down in flames even before he could retract his undercarriage. He told me that he had seen him leave the burning plane, but he was afraid that the parachute had not opened in time. This upset me badly, but I was soon to learn that the parachute had opened just above the tree-tops and my C/O had escaped with a bullet wound through the shoulder, another through the hand, and slight burns ; he walked the five miles back to the aerodrome, carrying his flying kit, strolled into the dispersal with blood all over him and said, " Well chaps, what luck ? " and had to be told the whole story before he would permit himself to be taken off to hospital.

My pal Eddie, who had not been flying, had run out on to the flying field in the face of intense machine gun attacks from low-flying enemy fighters, to assist the pilots of the two crashed aircraft, and had been gravely wounded in the stomach. Several of us found him lying on the aero­drome, and after giving him a shot of morphia we tenderly lifted him on to a stretcher and took him to hospital.

He was marvellously cheerful the whole time and put up a magnificent fight for several days, before succumbing to his grievous wounds. Before he died he asked me to go and see his fiancée when I returned to England.

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The pilots, whom I had seen whilst on my way back to the aerodrome, had had rather a bad time, being unable to climb above the more manoeuvrable enemy aircraft before attacking. Dicky came back with two armour-piercing bullets which had penetrated his armour plate and lodged in his shirt. After shooting down an enemy aircraft and using up all his ammunition, he had been chased forty miles inland at tree-top level by a number of E/A, before he managed to shake them off, but not before his machine had been filled so full of holes that it looked like a colander. Another pilot shot down several E/A before an unlucky bullet creased his head and knocked him uncons­cious. The next thing he could clearly remember was wandering about the ground with the wreckage of his aircraft littering the trees above his head. All our pilots reported having been attacked by six or more E/A at one time, but yet, although most of our machines were shot down, only two of our pilots were killed in the air, and one on the ground, and our bag of enemy machines was twenty-one definitely destroyed, fourteen probably destroyed and a number of others damaged so that they were probably unable to reach their aircraft carriers.

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The next few days were spent in clearing away the debris. There was a tremend­ous amount of work to be done.

We also had to face the problem of repairing our aircraft. After the raid, only three of our machines were fit to fly, and our wrecks were spread all over the jungle, and had to be brought in to be repaired. Sometimes I found myself wondering if my nerve had gone. I had bad dreams at night, and when walking alone in the dark, I would get a strong urge to run, but I soon got over it, and began looking forward to getting into action again, knocking down several more Japs, as I had promised Eddie I would try to do.

However, I was not to get another opportunity, for shortly afterwards I was sent over to an aerodrome near Colombo, where I was given the job of training up a new squadron. I started having trouble with pains in my head again, a complaint which had started several months before, and had to go to hospital where I was told I was suffering from acute pan sinusitis, and had to go to bed. After several minor but unpleasant operations, I was told I would be unable to fly in a tropical climate, and it was recommended that I should be sent back to U.K. via South Africa with W /Cdr. Lewis, my for­mer C/O, who was also to be sent home, now that his wounds had sufficiently recovered for him to travel.

A few weeks later we boarded the Isipingo, a luxury motor ship, bound for Durban, South Africa. We had a delight­ful voyage, calling in at Mombassa, Dar-es-Salaam and Zanzibar, arriving at Durban after three weeks at sea. In Durban, after several very pleasant days ashore, we boarded a troopship from Bombay, heavily laden with time-expired men, " bound for the land they adore." We called in at Capetown, and there Lewis and I were split up. His parents, who live at Springs, Jo'burg, had heard that he was in South Africa and had persuaded the A.O.C. to disembark him and send him by train up to Jo'burg, to stay with them for a short time. He was very pleased at the prospect of seeing his parents again after five years, but we were disappointed at being split up. I was not permitted to accompany him.


FIFTY members of the School Flight, with their Flight Commander and P/O C. P. Reed, attended camp dur­ing the first week of the summer holidays at an R.A.F. Station in the North Riding. We were extremely fortunate in being under canvas during a week of ideal weather. Apart from the various " fatigues," there were numerous lectures and well-organised demonstrations so that everyone was kept busy from dawn to dusk, when, on five nights out of the seven, we saw bombers off for operations over Germany. During the week all enjoyed an unrivalled opportunity of learning a great deal about life in a Bomber Operational Station of the R.A.F.

On Monday, September 13th, No. 364 Squadron won the Osborn Shield at the annual swimming gala held by No. 9 Group, N.E. Command of the A.T.C., at the Hillsborough Baths. In view of the fact that five of the six members of the winning team were members of the School Flight, the Commanding Officer of the Squadron proposed that we should hold the Shield at the School. At the invitation therefore of the Headmaster, Sir Samuel Osborn came to the School, and formally presented the Shield in the Assembly Hall after morning prayers on Thursday, October 14th.

The School Flight provided a Guard of Honour and a trumpeter for the short ceremony hold annually at the School War Memorial on November 11th.

Fourteen members of the School Flight left us at the end of last term ; six of these have received nomination for Short University Courses leading to a com­mission in the R.N. or R.A.F. Thirteen members of the School have been enrolled in the Flight since the beginning of the term.

Routine training has been carried out at each parade on Monday afternoons and this has been mainly directed towards preparing a large number of cadets for the Proficiency Examinations to be held early in the new year.

The following promotions have been made this term:

Cpl. J. Whatlin to be A/Sgt.

1st Class Cadet C. Burnet to be A/Cpl.

1st Class Cadet B. B. Major to be A/Cpl.

1st Class Cadet G. Rhodes to be A/Cpl.

A. P. G.


THE Chapel Service was held on Sunday, October 17th, at 11.15 a.m. The Rev. W. Sorby Briggs, financial secretary of the Sheffield Diocese, chose the lesson and hymns to illustrate the theme of his address, " Duty."

There was no such thing as the average boy, he stated. Speakers at Speech Days were too often reduced to commiserating with the unlucky ones who had not obtained a prize. The result was perhaps to make the boy feel that he was not wan­ted. This, said Mr. Briggs, was a com­pletely false impression of God's will. Every individual was equal in the sight of God : each person man, woman and child, had a job to do in this life, which could only be performed by that one person. Many and varied were the parts which God called upon His children to play. Who of the men in Italy fighting for a bridgehead over the Volturno had thought, four years before, that he would be called upon to play such a part ? It was the duty of the individual to do what his conscience told him, whatever the situation. If the situation demanded it, a man should be prepared to lay down his life. To illustrate this point, Mr. Briggs concluded by relating the telling story of the coxswain of a lifeboat who, when asked how they were to get back safely to shore, said that duty demanded that they should reach the shipwreck over the angry sea, but offered no explanation as to how they might return.

P. G. H.


SO far this term, the School Group of the S.C.M. has only organised one meeting. The Rev. William Wallace gave a short address, followed by a dis­cussion on "Christianity and Common­sense." Before the end of term, it is hoped that there will be another talk. All boys in the Transitus and VI who are Christians, or interested in religion, are cordially invited to attend our meetings which are entirely undenominational in character. Next term's programme will be announced in due course.

K. S. E.


NOW o'er the land the dusk is stealing,
The little child in prayer is kneeling,
Upon the moor the curlew's piping dies
And silently the raven homeward flies.
From distant pastures, the shepherd and his dog
Return to humble lodging and the crackling log;
The flames their warmth and comfort spread
Bringing to life the shadows dead.

Now through the wood the fox-cub slinks,
And quietly by pool the red-deer drinks,
Sending across the pond in radiating waves
The cold, dark riplets. While in the naves
The evening hymn doth rise, nor turns
The bright candle-flame, which on the altar burns,
From rising heavenwards. In the east there shines
The crescent moon, tingeing the clouds with silver lines.

And down among the reeded streams
The star-light on the water gleams,
Where rests the trout from current's drag
Below the bridge where currents lag.
And in the farmyard quiet reigns,
Save for the clink of cattle chains
And restless rooster's cluck. Yet all around
Millions of insect wings contribute sound.

Then to his haunt on silent, ghostly wings
There sails the owl, the dread of little things­
Those clutching talons sharp, hooked beak,
Large, glaring eyes, but feathers sleek.
Wheeling about now here, now there, the bat appears,
Whose high-pitched squeals fall mute on many human ears,
And in the crowded, dirty, pulsing town
As lights go out, the thick fog settles down.

G. N. W. T.


WE learned only on the last day of the Summer Term that Mr. L. E. B. WARNER had decided to resign his post of Registrar, and we take this first opportunity of wishing him all good fortune in a new sphere of activity. Mr. Warner was a boy at Wesley College, and afterwards at Worksop College. He was appointed Secretary to the late Dr. Hichens in 1912, Joint Registrar with the late Mr. J. Shearer in 1922, and Registrar in 1929. Trained in the Yeomanry from 1912 to 1914. he served in the Queen's Own Yorkshire Dragoons from the first day of the Great War, was in action at the 2nd Battle of Ypres, Loos, Somme, and the March Retreat of 1918, returned home with recommendation for commission in 1918, and finished up in the Royal Air Force. In the present war, or rather two years before it began, he was in Police A.R.P. work, and a member of the Home Guard from the day of its formation.

In thirty-one years of association with the School, Mr. Warner has given sterling service in his unobtrusively efficient routine work in the Office. To his loyal and discreet performance of countless incidental and more or less thankless tasks only a Recording Angel could do justice. Asked for a few reminiscences of his time at K.E.S., Mr. Warner jotted down the following notes ; we print them without alteration-a cross-section of a generation

" Invitation to the old School in 1905 to see the Opening of K.E.S. in the new Assembly Hall by the late Rt. Hon. Augustine Birrell, Minister of Education.

Stirring address to the School by Dr. Hichens on the death of Capt. Oates on March 17th, 1912-the ill-fated Antarctic Expedition commanded by, Capt. R. F. Scott....

Grave moments in the Headmaster's study owing to the top hat of the Art Master having been forcefully removed by a snowball near the Lodge, and an attempt on the same day to deal likewise with the Headmaster's similar headgear. (Date : early 1914) ....

Covering with earth on a hot summer's afternoon in 1916 several Old Boys of the School found lying on the gentle slopes of Serre, Somme, after July 1st ....

Final dismissal of the O.T.C. after Parade in the presence of the then Headmaster, Ronald Gurner, M.C

Arriving at the School at four o'clock one morning three years ago, and finding Gillman calmly extinguishing incendiary bombs in Room 71 and elsewhere, as if he had been doing it for years."


H HOWARD BOOTH, M.A. (S.R.G.S. and K.E.S. 1905-12), died in Sheffield on October 31st, after a long illness. Aged 51.

Until his retirement from teaching at the end of 1936, Mr. Howard Booth had been for fifteen years English and History master at Aske's (Haberdashers') School, Hatcham, London. At King Edward's, being a former Royal Grammar School boy, he was one of the first generation of pupils, a contemporary of (among others) Denny Swinden, Clifford Kent Wright, Freddy Swallow and Russell Green. Thinly disguised, he appears in one of Russell Green's novels. From King Edward's he passed to Sheffield Univer­sity, and after graduating with First Class Honours in History became a school­master, holding posts at Taunton, Ely and Bancroft's, London, before joining the staff of Aske's, Hatcham, where his work met with much success. Ill health brought about his retirement at the height of his powers.

Mr. Russell Green writes :-" To every man of middle age his own youth is a Homeric era, but only his contemporaries can see it in that light. To how few, therefore, can I recreate the legendary years of 1908 to 1912, when Howard Booth adorned the Prefects' Common Room, revelled in Chesterton, spoke eloquently in debates on Free Trade and all that ? I can see him now-his features recalling at once Thackeray and Holly­wood's new star, Van Heflyn, his head held at an angle, as he strove for a balanced summary of his theme : free from envy or malice, highly revering truth and honour, his character displayed a noble simplicity. Amid his professional historical studies, he retained an early love for music and literature and intellectual speculation. And once, despite my own fiercest efforts, he won from me the School Prize for an English Poem."


Scopwick, August-October, 1943.

ONCE again the School responded to the appeals and exhortations of the Minister of Agriculture, and this year we made our first excursion into Lincolnshire, though not precisely under ideal conditions. The Scopwick Village Hall provided our headquarters, if one can give that name to such a singularly unimposing building ; the main room was used both for eating and sleeping, hardly an ideal state of affairs, especially as the room had already suffered somewhat either from the dances and other functions which the villagers held there, or from other causes, and heavy rain revealed numerous leaks both in the roof and the walls ; nor was the sanitation luxurious.

The work, though sometimes monoton­ous, was at any rate, we hope, useful. Parties of boys left each morning at about half-past eight to work on the neighbour­ing farms, where the labour consisted chiefly of potato-picking, which inspired the slogan " Eat more bread " : threshing, the dust from which was choking and blinding ; and stooking and stacking, with carrots, as it were, thrown in. This latter occupation had a startling effect on one member of the camp, who is reported to have had nightmares during which he constantly repeated the word "carrots." Other members gave a rather more literal interpretation than was intended to the slogan " The field is a battle-field too " in the intervals of wearily picking up potatoes. The week-ends were spent either in visiting Lincoln or biking to see the aerodromes or the land-girls, accord­ing to taste.

Food, of course, was one of our primary concerns both from the point of view of producing and consuming. In the latter respect the cooking staff must be complimented on performing incredible feats with the rather ancient stoves. There were of course the usual complaints, and such suggestions as that " porridge should be eaten without sugar to preserve the nutty flavour " were not appreciated. However, no one can say he went short of food, though many felt rather hungry at times.

Finally, we must thank all those masters and their wives who took charge of the camp and did the cooking for us. Their job was no easy one, calling for tact and diplomacy when drunken airmen appeared on the scene, or the village constable looked unfavourably on our heroic attempts at black-out, and for sheer endurance when it was a question of cutting sandwiches for thirty hungry people with one bread-knife.

F. D. N. C., J. D. S. & G. R.


A SERIES of lunch-hour concerts of Chamber Music has been launched by Mr. Bowman and Mr. Graham. Four concerts have been given this term and it is intended to continue this promis­ing series in the future, calling upon the musical talent in the School and in the city. The venture has met with encourag­ing support from the Staff and boys, and suggestions for future programmes will be welcomed.

It has already become apparent that the School badly needs a reasonably good pianoforte. The Bechstein in the Assembly Hall is old, uneven in touch, poor in tone, and the despair of performers and listeners with musical sensibility. (Intending benefactors, please note !).

(with a listener's impressions)


Adagio in I) Major, from Concerto       Mozart Minuet and Trio in A major for clarinet and piano


Variations in A major Mozart Waltz in A flat major for piano     Chopin

Clarinet* A. P. GRAHAM

Piano : R. A. BOWMAN

In the Adagio one of Mozart's most hauntingly beautiful melodies was well brought out by both players.


"Appassionata Sonata" Op 57   Beethoven Dr. RICHARD RADO.

The Bechstein was fully taxed to stand up to Dr. Rado's vigorous attack He certainly rose to the passion which Beethoven expressed in this greatest of his sonatas.


Sonatas for Violin and Piano in E minor and

A major, K 305 and 303 ..       Mozart

Songs : " Where'er you walk" and " I know

that my Redeemer liveth "          ...         Handel Treble : T W TURNER. Violin : H. W STAGG. Piano : R. A. BOWMAN.

Mozart again provided the major work of to-day and the sonata was excellently played, the piano part balancing well with the violin. It was an excel­lent idea to invite young Trevor Turner to contribute and two better songs for his strong young voice could hardly have been chosen. Mr. Turner accom­panied his son sympathetically


Sonata in A major, Op. 30, No. 1 .       Beethoven Sonata for Piano, Op 13 (Pathetique) Beethoven

Violin: P. G. HODSON.

Piano : M. P. FANTHOM.


Debating and Discussion Society.

IT is with very great regret that we say goodbye at the end of this term to Mr. Richards, who has till now been our President. We owe him a deep debt of gratitude for his unfailing enthusiasm for and readiness to help in all branches of the Society's activities.

DEBATES.-Two debates have been held this term. The first was on October 5th on the motion, "That in any post-war settlement distinction should be made between the German people and the Nazi party." Mr. Ellis, for the motion, stressed the economic causes of this war and urged that the Germans were mere instruments in the hands of unscrupulous leaders. Both he and Mr. Belton stressed the inexpediency of severity, and Mr. Belton attacked " Vansittartism." Messrs. Rhodes and Webber, for the opposition, urged that tacit support for leaders like Hitler deserved punishment no less than active support. In any case what good was it to be kind to the Nazi-educated youth? In the ensuing lively debate nearly everyone in the house spoke. Summing up, Mr. Rhodes mentioned the impossibility of distinction between a people and its leaders, while Mr. Ellis declared that such a distinction was justified by the oppression implied in the Gestapo's methods. The motion was finally defeated, amid much excitement, by one vote.

The second debate was held on Tuesday, November 30th. The motion before the House was, " That the Home Secretary was justified in releasing Sir Oswald Mosley." This produced a lively debate, with frequent cries of " Order " from the harassed chairman. For the motion Messrs. Chappell and Ellis thought that the question of Sir Oswald Mosley's release had been much exaggerated, and Mr. Ellis declared that the debate was a waste of time. Against the motion, Messrs. Hudson and Woolman pointed out the dangers in releasing such a traitor as Mosley. When the House divided the motion was carried by 11 votes to 9.

In conclusion, we should like to express our thanks to D. A. Crowder for his ener­getic work as secretary this term, which he has unfortunately had to relinquish to take up military service.

BRAINS BEES.-A very successful new activity this term is the Brains Bee, introduced to the School by Mr. Richards. Questions are collected and chosen in the same way as for a Brains Trust, but the Question Master puts them not to a-group of specialists but to the whole audience. The result is a series of miniature discus­sions, each lasting at most about five minutes. Two such Bees have been held, and have aroused such interest in the upper forms that it is to be hoped that they will be adopted permanently.

DISCUSSIONS. - -In line with the general merging of societies, the memory of the Poetry Club is perpetuated by F. Fenton's appointment as Poetry Secretary of the Discussion Group. P. S. Granville is Art Secretary. We must hope that next term will see some activities in this direction. Many factors have combined to reduce the number of the discussions planned this term to two. At the first, on October 12th, D. A. Crowder set the ball rolling in a discussion on " Should the aim of education be a vocational training or a more general preparation for life ? " The discussion was wisely turned on to the somewhat narrower and less vague subject of whether the " masses " were capable of deriving benefit from a general cultural education. The early exit of Messrs. Fenton and Ellis, and with them of their eloquently urged theories of intel­lectual oligarchy and popular revolution respectively, left the meeting in consider­able agreement on the value of a general education if brought in concurrently with economic reform. Moreover, 'several less forceful members were enabled to play a most useful part in the remainder of a lively, if rather vague, discussion.

At the second meeting, on November 4th, Mr. Ellis again used his eloquence in fruitless efforts to persuade the largest meeting of the Group for a long time that " it is morally wrong for any state, institution, or person to compel any individual to do what he is unwilling to do." Even when negative compulsion was admitted, Mr. Ellis found almost the whole meeting had stubbornly shut its ears to justice, and the assembly was involved time and time again in Mr. Fenton's incontrovertible but sometimes unintel­ligible arguments. Though these were forcibly brought to an end it was yet not early enough for some people, and more interference from the chair might have been desirable throughout.

M. W. B.

Chess Club.

The Club has been meeting on Fridays in the Library. Those who come to play are very interested and derive much enjoy­ment-often great fun-from their games. The keenness is often emphasised by the desire to continue playing even after a liberal extension of time has been granted, and in spite of the overshadowing demands of homework. But there are still too few in the School who avail themselves of this activity. With a regular attendance of thirty or forty players, several useful competitions and team matches could be instituted, and some valuable experience gained.

H. R.

Scientific Society.

This term has been very successful from the point of view of visits, excursions having been made to the works of three Sheffield firms and two University depart­ments. The attendances have been good, but owing to the large number of members, a " rota " has had to be devised, when numbers for visits have been limited.

GLASS TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT Of the University, September 29th. The visit commenced with a lecture ; this dealt with the history of the department, the nature and composition of glass, and lantern slides, depicting ancient and modern glassmaking processes, were shown. We then went round the depart­ment and were shown many different ways of testing glass. One of the tests was to drop a steel ball on to a sheet of glass, which did not break until a height of over eight feet had been reached ! Stresses and strains in glass are made visible in colour by means of polarised light. The visit was concluded, much to our surprise, by an excellent tea.

PAWSON AND BRAILSFORD, LIMITED, Printers, October 13th. First of all the party was shown into the Composition room, where used blocks of print are dis­mantled and the letters stored or thrown away to be melted down. We then saw various types of printing machines, a few of which were in actual use. Other things we saw were a paper-cutter, which sliced through a three-inch thick pile of paper with great ease, and the process by which blue-prints are made, which is similar in principle to photography. We were able to trace the life history of 1944 diaries, which were being made by the hundred, and saw the making of the " marbling " designs used in ledgers, which, incident­ally, are hand-bound.

METALLURGICAL DEPARTMENT of the University, Wednesday, November 3rd. The party was split into groups and saw, in different orders, a machine shop, con­taining machines for pulling, compressing and twisting steel ; a well-equipped balance room ; an analysis laboratory, with special heating cupboards ; a research laboratory, containing Sprengel pumps, McLeod low-pressure gauges, and an electron diffraction apparatus, which will probably be turned into an electron microscope after the war ; a powerful X-ray apparatus in a lead-lined room ; and the " works," where there were various furnaces and where moulds were made.

WILLIAM TURNER & CO., Pneumatic Engineers, Wednesdays, November 11th and 17th. These two visits were necessarily restricted to the higher Forms, as only six members could go each time. The firm make many types of hand and foot air pumps ; castings for the various part' of these are obtained from elsewhere and (as we saw) are machined in large numbers to the required finish. Small pressure gauges, the size of pencils, are also made here for the Army ; they are for measuring tyre-pressures, and each one is adjusted and checked before leav­ing the factory. At the end of the visits, each member was presented with, or rather sold for Id. each, a penknife with the firm's name engraved on it.

FIRTH-BROWN'S Wednesday, December 1st. This visit, which was again limited in numbers, was very successful. We were unfortunate in not seeing a furnace tapped. but many other interesting pro­cesses were seen, such as a 1,200-ton press. which squashed a red-hot ingot into shape as if it were putty ; the hot-rolling process, in which a piece of red-hot iron originally a yard and a half long was rolled until it was about ten yards long ; and the filling of ingot-moulds with molten steel from a huge ladle. We also watched two electro­magnets in operation, and a ton weight dropped from thirty feet on to a six-foot loco. tyre.

It should be pointed out that the term has been as successful as could be expected-five visits in twelve weeks is as good as in pre-war days-and we look forward to other interesting excursions next term.

M. P. F


SINCE the last report there has been one important and welcome develop­ment. The Club has at last escaped from the premises at 480 Brightside Lane and now, thanks to the successful negoti­ations of the Vicar of Attercliffe and the Club Leader, has the use of St. Clement's Church Hall in Paget Street.

Apart from the hall proper, which is spacious and lofty and has a fine stage, we also have the use of the three adjoining rooms where the canteen, the library and the billiard tables have been housed. Certain repairs and renovations are neces­sary, and the Club is hoping to carry these out in the near future. The removal to ampler and more suitable premises has already resulted in a considerable increase of members and the prospects for an all-round extension of activities are very bright.

The Club accounts for the financial year ending on September 30th, 1943, show a deficit of £13 11s. The Treasurer, on behalf of the Management Committee, wishes to thank Mr. Nutter, who kindly undertook the audit, for the time and trouble he has devoted to this task.

Last, but not least, the Club thanks the boys of the School for their generous contributions in the weekly House collections.

A. R.



T HE very good football played by this year's XI is reflected in their record to date. Ten games have been played, of which nine have been won and the remaining match lost. The excellent coaching of Mr. Bestall, a former English International, has brought the very best out of the team. In addition to the training periods after School, Mr. Bestall has been on the touchline during the matches and has given the team expert advice during the intervals. The attendance for training periods after School hours has been very good.

The chief reason for their success is that the players have played as a team. In School football there has always been a tendency to hold the ball too long but this year's players have overcome this fault, and by improved kicking, have speeded up their play. Most of the opposing teams have found the pace of the game too much for them and this policy of " keeping the ball moving " has spread-eagled many defences. In addition, the wing-halves have connected up with the forwards and prevented the gap in mid­field often caused when defence is changed to attack by means of a long clearance.

The defence has been very sound, with Major a dominating figure in the middle. His superb kicking, both in strength and accuracy, has been a pleasure to watch. The approach play of the forwards has been good but there has been a lack of thrust in the rounding-off of their attacks.

Major has made a very good captain and by his powerful play and untiring energy has set a splendid example to the rest of the team.

R. R. S.


Sept 22 At home. K.E.S. 6, The Headmaster's XI, 3.

Sept 25 At Stretton K.E.S 5, Derby School 1

Oct 2 At Rotherham. K.E.S. 5, Rotherham G S. 0.

Oct 16 At Repton. K.E.S 7, Repton School 2nd XI 1.

Oct 23 At home. K.E.S. 5, Ackworth School 1.

Oct. 30 At High Storrs. K.E.S. 3, High Storrs G.S. 2.

Nov 6 At York K.E.S. 4, Bootham School 1

Nov. 13 At Norton. K.E.S 5, Sheffield City Training College 3.

Nov. 20 At home. K.E.S. 2, Mr. Barber's XI 0.

Nov 27 At home. K.E.S 2, Sheffield Bankers' F C 3.


The record to date is very good. Of the nine games played, eight have been won and the remaining game resulted in a narrow defeat against a strong Nether Edge G.S. 1st XI. The team has bene­fited by regular training and has modelled its play on that of the 1st XI.

The defence has been very steady with Allen prominent in good positional play which has blocked the way down the middle. The forwards have finished their attacks to advantage and have a good crop of goals to their credit. Burgan has made a capable captain and his foraging in midfield has started many attacks.

There has been no shortage of reserves for this team and many players who have not secured a regular place are quite up to the 2nd XI standard of a normal year. The match between the School 1st and 2nd XI's later in the term should prove to be very interesting.


Sept. 25 At home. K.E.S 8, Derby School I

Oct. 2 At home. K.E.S. 7, Rotherham G.S. 2.

Oct. 16 At home. K.E.S. 3, Junior Technical School 1st XI 1.

Oct. 23 At home. K.E.S. 10, Ackworth School 2.

Oct. 30 At home. K.E.S. 5, High Storrs G S 1.

Nov. 6 At York. K.E.S. 8 Bootham School 2.

Nov. 13 At home. K.E.S. 3, Nether Edge G.S 1st XI 4.

Nov. 20 At Firth Park. K.E.S. 2, Firth Park G S. 1.

Nov. 27 At home. K.E.S. 9, Junior Technical School 1st XI 0.


This team is a difficult one to obtain, being half-way between the Under 14 team and the School 2nd XI. Sickness has had a potent effect this term : on one occasion five reserves had to be included for a match. They put up a very good show, and the experience they gained should be useful for them in the future. Play at the beginning of term was of a mediocre standard. A number of the team attended the training given by Mr. Bestall, and the result was very satisfactory : trapping and general ball control improved. Defence has been good, but attack, speaking generally, has been woefully lacking. G. S. Colebrooke has captained the team well.

C. S. A.


Oct. 16 At Ringinglow. K.E.S. 0, Junior Technical School 2nd XI 8.

Oct. 30 At. High Storrs. K.E.S. 0, High Storrs G.S. 0.

Nov. 13 At Nether Edge K.E.S. 0, Nether Edge G.S. 2nd XI 1.

Nov. 27 At home. K.E.S. 0, Junior Technical School 2nd XI 3.


Judging by results, the Under 14 team has had little success so far this season. Some of the strongest players have been absent from time to time however, so this may account for some of the heavier defeats when a weakened team has had to represent the School.

Of individual players, Lindley is prov­ing himself to be an able captain and has scored several goals. He was badly missed in the match against Firth Park Grammar School. Lewis has given him good support at Centre Half, whilst D. I. D. Thompson has improved consider­ably and usually plays a good game at Left Half.

We hope for greater success in the remaining matches next term.


Sept. 25 At home. K.E.S. 4, Derby School 1.

Oct 2 At home. K.E.S. 0, Southey Green School 1.

Oct. 16 At home. K.E.S. 1, Junior Technical School Under 15 5.

Oct. 30 At home. K.E.S 4, High Storrs G.S. 3

Nov. 13 At home. K.E.S. 0, Nether Edge G S. 1.

Nov. 20 At Firth Park. K.E.S. 2, Firth Park G S 11

Nov 27 At home. K.E.S. 1, Junior Technical School Under 15 12.




  P W. L. Dr F. A. Pts.
Sherwood 7 5 0 2 31 9 12
Clumber 7 6 1 0 30 16 12
Arundel 7 5 1 1 45 14 11
Welbeck 7 4 3 0 18 18 8
Wentworth 7 2 4 1 12 25 5
Lynwood 7 2 5 0 13 33 4
Chatsworth 7 1 5 1 11 24 3
Haddon 7 0 6 1 8 29 1


  P. W. L. Dr. F. A. Pts.
Clumber 7 7 0 0 58 4 14
Sherwood 7 6 1 0 36 11 12
Welbeck 7 5 2 0 20 15 10
Lynwood 7 3 4 0 15 21 6
Chatsworth 7 2 4 1 13 27 5
Haddon 7 2 5 0 15 18 4
Wentworth 7 1 5 1 6 30 3
Arundel 7 1 6 0 13 49 2


  P. W. L. Dr. F. A. Pts.
Chatsworth 7 5 1 1 47 5 11
Sherwood 7 5 1 1 31 20 11
Clamber 7 3 1 3 25 19 9
Welbeck 7 3 2 2 18 18 8
Lynwood 7 3 4 0 29 15 6
Wentworth 7 2 4 1 10 44 5
Arundel 7 2 5 0 19 31 4
Haddon 7 1 6 0 13 40 2


Oct. 14 v. Birkdale (at home), won 6-0.

Oct. 28 v. Westbourne (at home), won 1-0.

Nov. 16 v. Birkdale (away), won 2-0.

R. R. S.


Clumber 5 Clumber 0 
Lynwood 1     
Sherwood 3 Sherwood 3 Sherwood
Chatsworth 1     
Haddon 1     
Wentworth 5 Wentworth 2 Wentworth
Arundel 4     
Welbeck 3 Welbeck 0 



We bid farewell and wish good luck to Hiller, Catton, Jones, Hides, Butler, Lant and Holroyd, and shall miss them in various ways ; we welcome those who have joined us from the Junior School and from outside ; we shall need their help, and hope they will pull their weight. We may congratulate the 1st X I on having had, up to now, quite a successful season, being at present placed third in the League. Also, con­sidering the fact that we have no really outstanding footballers in the House, we did quite well in the Knock-out competition, beating Welbeck in the first round but losing to Wentworth in the second round after a hard game. The 2nd and 3rd XI's have had a very mediocre term indeed, but during the last two or three weeks these two teams have been sadly depleted by absence and illness. We can only hope that the I st X I continues to do well and that the 2nd and 3rd XI's will improve con­siderably. Next term we have the Cross-Country Run and the Athletic Sports to look forward to. A really good turn-out for the former event is expected, so that we may keep up our excellent record of the last five or six years. We have news of over fifty ex-members of the House now serving, and alas ! of seven deaths ; we send our sympathy to, and often think of, five who are Prisoners of War.


Owing to the loss of Frost and Robinson, who now play for the School, the League 1st Xl has not had a very satisfactory term, having won only one match. We were pleased to see the Knock-Out team put up so gallant a fight against Sherwood, in spite of their defeats by three goals to one ; Chappell deserving especial mention for his fine perform­ance in goal. The 2nd X I also has not made a very inspiring start to the season, but, as was expected last year, the 3rd has had an exceptionally good term, under the able , captaincy of A. M. Todd, and now stand at the top of the League. We hope they may continue their series of victories, and thus secure the Cup. The House is grateful to D. R. Robinson for his pains­taking organization of the teams, and congratulates A. S. Hirst on being made a Prefect.


This term has seen a revival in the fortunes of Clumber's football teams and' we have a good chance of winning both the 1st and 2nd XI Cups, since at the time of writing the 1st XI has dropped only three points and the 2nd X I has won all its matches. There are some promising players too, among the younger members of the House and we look to them to fill the empty spaces on our shelves. The Knock-out team, after winning its first game comfortably, was defeated after a hard game by a superior Sherwood team. We offer congratulations to G. Horn on being selected to play for the School 1st XI and on being appointed House Football Captain, and to F. I. Haslam, who has distinguished himself as Captain of our 1st XI.


This term's football has so far been rather disappointing. In the case of the 1st XI this is due to the departure last term of many useful Senior members. This year's team is consequently rather young and inexperienced. How­ever, the team promises well for the future, and Keighley, Wood and Baigent, are to be thanked for their keen support and useful work. More keenness is required from the younger members of the House, who must remember that they will form the House 1st XI's of the future.


At the beginning of this term we were sorry to lose Mr. Baker, our former House-master, and we must try to make the House record in the future worthy of his " outside " interest. We welcome in his place Mr. Bowman, who we hope will have a happy time with us. The House welcomes its new members and urges them to partake in as many of the House activities as possible and so to help regain and maintain Lynwood's true standard and position. In foot­ball this term we have not been over brilliant, at least if results are any guide. The I st X I only managed to win two of the seven matches in the first round of the League Competition, and when strengthened by Haywood the Knock-out XI did not even get beyond the first round of the competition. The 2nd and 3rd XI's have done a little better, each winning three of the seven games, but there is room for much improvement and increase in keenness in all Elevens. The House offers its congratulations to I'. G. Hudson, first, on being appointed a Prefect, and secondly on winning a Hastings Scholarship at Oxford. It is to be hoped that the House has a good Christmas holiday and so will come back refreshed for greater activity next term.


We must first extend our hearty con­gratulations to Major on his appointment as Prefect, House Captain and School Football Captain, and- to Rollin on recovering from his severe illness and on being appointed Prefect. This term we have enjoyed considerable success at football : the 1st X I has reached the final of the Knock-out Competition and at the time of writing holds the first place in the League Competition, hav­ing not yet lost a match. This is mainly owing to the unsparing efforts of Lane, Hammond and Corkill, though we must also congratulate the younger members of the 1 st X I on their enthusiasm. The 2nd and 3rd XI's have been hardly less successful, the 2nd X I holding second place in the League and the 3rd XI first place. The House has suffered a severe loss in Johnson, our Captain of Swim­ming, but by keen and regular training next year we may hope to retain the Water Polo Cup. Next term the Cross­Country Run will be held, and we expect to see a good turn-out for this event, especially from the older members of the House. Meanwhile, we will wish all success to the Knock-out team under the leadership of Major, and to the various League teams during the rest of this and also the coming term.


At the end of last year, Welbeck suffered loss of many of its old stalwarts, and this has had a bad effect on the perform­ance of the House this term. The 1st X I at the end of the I st round is fourth, and if this position is to be improved the standard of play will have to be improved very considerably. The Knock-out X I suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of Arundel, who played a very spirited game, thus shattering our hopes of winning the Cup for the third year in succession. The 2nd and 3rd XI's have been rather disappointing- far too many boys in the lower forms have been bringing petty excuses. Finally, congratulations go to Whatlin on being appointed Prefect.


First, we must offer a sincere welcome to Mr. Read, who has just joined the House. Then we must congratulate J. L. E. Sutton on being made a Prefect and on his Hastings Scholar­ship, wishing him every success when he goes up to Oxford. Congratulations to Whiteley, Dawson and Millington on their being selected for School Football XI's, and to Ditchfield on his House Swimming Captaincy. The House Knockout team has beaten Haddon and Arundel and will meet Sherwood in the Final. Unfortunately, the team will be without Perry, who will be taking a scholarship. The House XI's have done reasonably well in their res­pective Leagues, but we hope they will do even better in the Second Round.


Lieut A. J. LEESON (1932-37), on October 23rd, in Bangalore, India, to Miss H. S. M. Dartnell, of Pondicherri.

Sergt Pilot J. B. TEATHER (1934-41), on October 11th, to Miss Marjorie J Holgate, of Wolverhampton.

P. H. MARCROFT (1923-31), on August 19th, to Miss Ruth M Bescoby, of Sheffield.

G M TINGLE (1925-33), on August 3rd, to Miss Isobel Marks. of Glasgow.

J M HALL (1920-28), on August 11th, to Miss Hilda I Thackray.

A P HAYHURST (1928-37), on July 24th, to Miss Elsie M Burbidge


HOWARD BOOTH (S.R.G.S. and K.E.S. 1905-12), on October 31st, 1943, after a long illness. Aged 32.

A. DAVID NAISH (1920-26), on November 8th, at Four Mile Bridge, Anglesey. Aged 31


(Additions and corrections to December 1st, 1943)

Died on Active Service.

CRIMP, P. R. (1920-32), Lieut., R.N.V.R

Missing, presumed dead.

KELSEY, R. R. (1922-29), L A C., R.A.F


GARVEY K. (1932-36), Flight Sergt Navigator, R.A F.

HODSON, M. A. N. (1930-38), Flight Sergt., R A F. Decorations, etc.

BARLOW, K.G. A , (1918-25), M B. F.

BROWN, A. C. F. (1931-39), Flying Officer, R A F , D.F.M.

JOHNSON, J. E. (1921-25), Capt., M.C.

WILKINS, T. E. (1922-23), Pilot Officer, R.A F, :Mentioned in despatches for distinguished service in Iceland.

ROLLIN, D. A. (1931-38), Pilot Officer, R.A.F., D.F.C.

ARMATYS, B D. (1933-42), O.C.T.U.

BAIN, G. (1935-40), Fleet Air Arm.

BARROTT, R B. (1936-40), Sergt., Royal Corps of Signals

BELCHER, A. D. (1930-37), Bdr R A. (A.A.)

BLAKE, L (1930-32), Major, R A.O.C.

BRAITHWAITE, R (1923-31), R A F

CALDWELL, A. A. (1934-39), Sergt. Navigator, R A F

CANTRELL, G. (1935-41), Royal Army Service Corps

DODGSON, A. G. (1935-40), Meteorologist, R.N.V.R.

FRANKFURT, G. (1940), K.O.Y.L.I

GILPIN, A. (1927-34), Major

GOULDEN, G. H. (1926-32), Capt., Royal Corps of Signals.

GRACIE, C. F. (1919-26), Sub. Lt, R N V R

HERRING, K. (1934-39), Sub Lt (A), RNVR (F A.A.).

HEUGH, R. C. (1934.40), Radio Mech, R N V R

HORN, J. (1935-38), Lieut., Indian Infantry

INMAN, R (1931-40), Fleet Air Arm

LEWIS, P 0. (1931-37), Royal Merchant Navy

LINDLEY, K. R. H. (1935-39), Sergt. Pilot, R A F.

KILNER, J. R (1935-42), Officer Cadet, R N V R.

MACALLUM, J H (1937-32), Sub 1.t . R N V R.

MARLOW, J D. (1933-39), Stoker l/e, R.N

MONYPENNY, P H. (1927-34), Major, R.E

PARKIN, A. H. (1932-40), Wireless Mech . R A F . India.

PEARSON, H. F. (1925-34), Royal Tank Corps

POTTS, F. (1921-27), Lt. Commander, R.N.V.R

POWELL, A. R (1935-42), Royal Artillery

SLATER, 1). (1933-39), Fleet Air Arm.

THOMAS, F. L. (1929-35), Sub. Lt., R.N.V.R.

TILSLEY, R. T. C. (1936-42), O.C.T.U.

TOMLINSON, C. (1930-37), Sergt., R.A.F.V.R.

TYM, J. F. (1936-43),

VALLANS, L. (1924-32), L/Cpl., Royal Corps of Signals.

WALL. C R. (1926-30), Lt. Commander, R.N.V.R.

WHATLIN, S. (1932-37), Pilot Officer, Instructor, Royal Canadian A, F.

WILLIAMS, J. H. (1929-38), Major, R.A.C

Mr. and Mrs. A BRADLEY are now " at home " at 10 Kipling Buildings, London Road, Portsmouth, where they will be glad to welcome any O.E's. Inquiries at Signal Section, R.N. Barracks, might also reveal Mr. Bradley's whereabouts.

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G. M. TINGLE has been appointed Vice-Consul at Casablanca.

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J. A. CORBETT, Ph D., has been appointed Assistant to the Director of Education for Kent, and seconded to the Foreign Office.

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P. R. PARRAMORE'S photograph appeared recently in the Sheffield Telegraph in a group of Sheffield prisoners of war in Stalag VIIIB in Germany, where he is employing his leisure in editing the camp magazine


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