No. 59. DECEMBER, 1928. VOL. XVIII.
|Head Master's Notes||Gleams and Flashes|
|Parents' Association||Ye Chronicle|
|Old Boys' Association||A Modern Pilgrimage to Canterbury|
|House Notes||A Canterbury Tale|
|School Football Notes||Careers|
|Swimming Notes||On Writing an Article|
|Sports Account||A Country Walk|
|Camp, 1928||An Electrical Works|
|1st Cadet Coy. C.P. (F.) R.E.||A Fancy|
|1st Cadet Coy. C.P. (F.) R.E. Balance sheet||Curiosity of Stamp Collecting|
|Examination Successes||Junior School Piano Fund|
The next number of The Pharos will appear about 23rd March.
be submitted to the Editor not later than 28th February. We acknowledge with
thanks Ruym (Chatham House County School, Ramsgate), The Ashfordian, The
Langtonian, The Harveian, The Magazine of the County School for Girls, Dover.
Copies of the current issue of The Pharos or of back numbers which are in stock may be obtained from the Editor, price 9d.
The Editor would be glad to have the names and addresses of Old Pharosians and others who would like to receive copies. The Pharos is now issued free to all members of the Old Boys' Association.
HEAD MASTER'S NOTES.
Spring Term, 1929. - The Spring Term will begin on Thursday, 10th January, and end on Wednesday, 27th March. Holders. of season tickets are asked to see that their railway passes and made out to cover both these dates.
Staff - We were glad to welcome Mr. A. A. Smith to the Junior School Staff at the beginning of term. From Sir George Monoux Grammar School, Walthamstow, he gained an Open Scholarship to Christ's College, Cambridge, took the Modern Language and, later, the Theological Tripos, and followed up this successful University career by a special course of training at St. Stephen's House, Oxford. A keen interest in social work amongst boys, and a term's experience at a Preparatory School in Cheshire, bring him into the ranks of Secondary Schoolmasters, and he has our best wishes for happy years of service amongst us.
Last July I referred to the appointment of Mr. H. W. G. Hazelden as the additional Assistant Master with special Handicraft qualifications. In due course he joined us in September, and after the term's experience of his expert and enthusiastic work the School is to be congratulated upon the many improvements in the Workshop so efficiently inaugurated under his personal direction.
It is a pleasure to record that in August last an Old Boy of the School, Mr. John F. Relf, was appointed as our Science Laboratory Assistant. His devotion to scientific studies, his unfailing courtesy and willingness to oblige, make him most acceptable to the Boys and the Science Masters. I hope his tenure of this by no means unimportant post will shortly lead to more responsible and important duties elsewhere.
Astor Avenue Playing Fields. - In mid-November we saw, with much satisfaction, that the levelling of the extra piece of land at the Astor Avenue (new) site had been at last begun. This work, a small palliative measure of relief for the serious Dover unemployment problem, will provide us with two additional football pitches. It is to be regretted that only five of the nine acres will be dealt with by the present scheme, but considering the many amenities the School enjoys and the serious financial strain upon the County Council funds, we are most grateful for this extension of our facilities for outdoor games. How best to use the remaining four acres is a problem which exercises the minds of the School Governors. It would appear that about an acre must be reserved as a "turf nursery" for general repair purposes, and, as a public authority can hardly let ground lie waste to the annoyance of neighbouring allotment holders, the remaining two or three acres should be brought under cultivation as a fruit and vegetable garden.
New School Buildings, - We can all now speak with definite assurance of the new Buildings. The architects are busy with bills of quantities, and tenders for the erection of the new School are coming in. February will see a beginning of the actual operations, and we may confidently look ahead to the formal laying of the foundation stone in the Summer Term of 1929.
Prize-Giving. - It was a profound disappointment to all concerned that the Earl and Countess Beatty were unable to fulfil their engagement at Dover on the usual Prize-Giving Day, 16th November. Arrangements, therefore, had to be cancelled, and as the Town Hall has been so much in demand this term for concerts, dinners, bazaars, and other purposes, it has been found impossible to fix a date for the Prize-Giving convenient to a prominent public man able to undertake the duty and to honour the Town and the School by his presence. As this is the first occasion during the School's long history that this important event has been postponed, our disappointment must be cancelled by remembering the rarity of its occurrence.
Gifts. - The record of the generosity of three Old Boys, who left School in July - A. W. Brooker, C. G. Jarrett, and E. F. Legg-will be found elsewhere. We thank them heartily for their valuable additions to our stock of Reference Books.
The faithful interest and kindness of many parents are well known to the School. Some give freely and un-grudgingly of their time and energy to the Parents' Association; some regret their inability to offer little but letters and words of thanks for favours received. And it is a happy thing that on some occasions parents can and do give a tangible proof of their appreciation. Most especially, therefore, do we thank Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Crush, of Kearsney, for the handsome Library Chair which they have presented to us as an instalment to the Library furniture of the new School.
Thanks to our own endeavours a sum of £30 was available for the purchase of a new piano for the Junior School. We owe a debt of gratitude to those who have assisted in raising the money, as well as to the Kent Education Committee, who have generously recognised our local efforts by providing an additional amount of £20 so that a suitable instrument may be secured.
Careers. - My experience this term leads me to direct attention to the higher intellectual standard now necessary to secure a good start in a lucrative professional career. Time was when a mere "pass" at the First School Certificate Examination was desirable. Later it became essential; to-day the bigger business houses and the larger industrial firms make detailed enquiries as to "passes with credit." In the Teaching Profession there has been another turn of the efficiency screw. Ceteris paribus, Training Departments are giving preference to applicants who have gained their Higher Certificate a year in advance of their date of entry to College. This qualification is essential as regards Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and may soon be necessary elsewhere.
News of the following opportunities will be welcome both to parents and to boys, past and present. The Police Services in Ceylon, Malay, and the British West Indies, and the Customs Service of Malay will be choosing candidates for vacancies in June, 1929. Candidates will be selected from amongst those who hold their School Certificate; the minimum age is 19, and boys must be of good physique, of vigorous and forceful personality, showing promise of ability to control others and to take the initiative in emergencies. The salary begins at £300 (approx.) per annum.
A competition for the Customs and Excise Service will be held in March, 1929, and 50 vacancies are offered. English, Mathematics, and a General Paper are obligatory, and Science and any two of the following - French, Latin, History, Geography, Economics - are optional subjects. Be it noted that a viva voce test will follow; only those who have done well at the written examination will be called up for the interview, at which very high marks may be gained. The minimum age limit is 19, and the scale of pay is from £180 to £600 a year, in addition to which there are higher posts with correspondingly greater salary.
Parents' Association. - We were grieved to hear that our esteemed and popular Secretary of the Parents' Association had undergone an operation for appendicitis in the Victoria Hospital, Dover, on Friday, 30th November. We are most happy to congratulate him upon making a good recovery and his many friends will be glad to learn that he is now likely to enjoy much better general health. We wish him a speedy convalescence, and shall gladly welcome his return to our social functions at the earliest possible moment.
And once again to all, the age-old message, that Christmastide may be happy and the New Year prosperous.
We regret that, owing to illness, the Secretary of the Association, Mr. Landrey, is unable to contribute the usual notes for the term. On behalf of the School, the Staff, and the Parents, we wish him a speedy and complete recovery.
The Head Master's "At Home" and the Annual General Meeting were attended by a large number of Parents. The following were elected to the Executive Committee:-
For Dover - Capt. Donald and Mr. Scott.
For Outlying Districts. - Mr. Stanway.
For Deal. - Mr. Fea and Mrs. Floyd.
For Walmer, - Mr. Monckton.
Mr. Pudney, who was proposed as a member for Walmer, withdrew in order that this area should be represented by a Walmer resident.
Arrangements to hold the Christmas Parties, as planned, on 3rd, 4th and 5th January, are proceeding.
OLD BOYS' ASSOCIATION.
It is very pleasing to note that the membership of the Association now stands at 130 members. There are still quite a number of last year's members who have yet to renew their membership, and it is hoped that they will still continue to give the Association the support it so rightly deserves. The Committee hopes that all members of the Association will make a special effort to get other Old Boys to become interested in the Association, so that the membership will be greatly increased and be of credit and importance to the School. Boys who are about to leave the School are asked to forward their names and subscriptions to the Secretary immediately upon leaving the School.
In spite of the postponement of the School Prize-Giving, the Annual Dinner of the Association was held at the School on Saturday, 17th November last. Although only twenty-three members were present, it was an event which was thoroughly enjoyed by those present. The enthusiasm displayed at the Dinner certainly compensated the Committee for the time and trouble they spent in their endeavours to make the function a success. The Association arc indebted to, and desire to congratulate Messrs. Cocks, Gosby, Gunn and Sharp for the keenness they showed, and for the help they rendered in doing their bit to ensure the success of the evening. The thanks of the Association are also due to the Staff Representatives, Messrs. Baxter, Darby and Langley, for the kind support and assistance they so willingly gave.
Members and friends are reminded that the Re-union is definitely fixed for the 27th December at the Town Hall, and it is hoped that they will co-operate and make this event even more successful than in any previous year.
Particulars concerning the activities of the Old Pharosians Cricket and Football Clubs will be found in this Magazine, and the Association thanks them for what they are doing to further its general interests.
Mr. C. E. Baldwin, who is Science Master at St. Lawrence College, Ramsgate, has the distinction of being the first Old Boy to become a Life Member of the Association. Mr. C. G. Blackford, who has just taken up an appointment with the Brazilian Railways, has also become a Life Member. It is hoped that many Old Boys will apply for Life Membership.
The following particulars concerning the whereabouts of Old Boys
will be of interest;-
M. W. Buckley (1922-8) - Clerkship, Tilmanstone Colliery.
L. J. Bach (1923-7) - Clerkship, H.O. Midland Bank.
W. E. Busbridge (1914-21) - Clerkship, Southern Railway H.Q., London.
L. W. Cole (1913-18) - Analyst and Assistant Lecturer, S.E. Agricultural College, Wye.
L Frow (1922-25) - Clerkship, Westminster Bank, Crowborough.
G. E. Harrow (1921-24) - Clerk to Collector of Dues, Dover Harbour.
K. P. Harman (1920-5) - Engineer Artificer, Royal Navy.
D. T. Jones (1918-24) - Anglo-Persian Oil Company, Abadan.
C. H. Livings (1915-20) - Managing Director, East Kent Egg Supply Company.
H. E. Legg (1920-5) - Advertising Agent, London.
L. Hookham (1915-22) - Chief Officer, General Steam Navigation Company.
F. W. Brown (1919-23) - 3rd Officer, SS Scottish Musician.
W. E. Motley (1915-23) - Assistant Master, Taunton School, Taunton, Somerset.
H. W. Marsh (1920-25) - Post Office Engineering Dept.
W. R. Newlyn (1914-17) - Farmer, Alkham.
R. Russell (1918-21) - Manager, H. E. Russell's Market Nurseries, River.
F. J. Ryeland (1916-20)-Mining Engineer, Lena Goldfields, Urals, U.S.S.R.
A. E. Romney (1915-20) - Resident Inspector, Guardian Insurance Co., for Hants. and Isle of Wight; Hon. Sec., Portsmouth Insurance Institute.
G. H. Roberts (1918-24) - Education Officer's Dept., L.C.C.
E. J. Russell (1908-14) - Insurance Cashier, Dover.
N. V. Sutton (1908-12) - Journalist, Dover Express.
C. A. Scarlett (1916-22) - Assistant Chemist to Public Analyst for Dover.
J. E. Spencer (1917-20) - Electrical Engineer, St. Leonard's-on-Sea.
H. R. Thacker (1921-24) - Assistant Master, Price's School, Fareham.
W. J. F. Wellard (1918-25) - College Apprentice, Messrs. Metropolitan Vickers, Manchester.
S. J. White (1917-24) - Tourist Clerk, Continental Express, Ltd., Dover.
E. F. Legg (1923-8) - Clerk to C. J. Elgar, Esq., Wingham.
Old Pharosians' Cricket Club.
The Old Boys can look back on the Season 1928 with satisfaction. Although the Club only won 12 games, quite a number of those lost were by narrow margins, with the results in doubt until practically the last ball.
The outstanding player was D. C. Simmonds, a past student of Northampton Secondary School and honorary member of the Club in accordance with the rules of the Association, who batted consistently throughout the season, and had the distinction of scoring 105 against the 1st Bn. Lincolnshire Regt. Several new members rendered good service, notably B. Hicks, R. Sutton, F. Tapley and L. Wells. Next season we shall be without the services of our captain, L S. Mumford, who has rendered valuable assistance to the Club for a number of years, and we wish him every success in his new post at Sheffield.
We are arranging an attractive fixture list for next season, and as our numerical strength is still low, we extend a welcome to all Old Boys in the town to join us and help to maintain the high standard of the Club.
The record for the season 1928 is as follows:-
Played 27, won 12, lost 12, drawn 3.
Results after 7th July.
July 21 - Canterbury Excelsior 165; Old Pharosians 81 for 4 wkts.
" 28 - Connaught Coach Works 155; Old Pharosians 171 for 7 wkts.
Aug. 11 1st Bn. Lincolnshire Regt. 175; Old Pharosians 186 for 6 wkts.
" 18 - Old Pharosians 208 for 5 wkts. (dec.); 1st Bn. Manchester Regt. 172 for 4 wkts.
" 25 - Old Pharosians 98; 2nd Bn. Bedfs. and Herts. Regt. 125 for 6 wkts.
Sept. 1 - Old Pharosians 180 for 8 wkts. (dec.); Canterbury Excelsior 125 for 8 wkts.
" 8 - Folkestone Century 106; Old Pharosians 109.
July 14 - O1d Pharosians 176 for 4 wkts. (dec.); 2nd Bn. Bedfs. and Herts. "A "'Team, 74.
" 28 - Old Pharosians 73; St. Andrew's 91.
Aug. 18 - Old Pharosians 151; Dover P.O. 122.
" 25 - Old Pharosians 85; Dover Goods 64.
Sept. 1 - Old Pharosians 91; Packet Yard 95.
Old Pharosians' Football Club.
An Old Boys' Football Team is now in operation in the Dover and District League, Division I.
The membership is at present twenty-four playing and honorary members.
The subscription is 5s. annually, and new members are cordially welcomed. The Secretary's address is 4, Springfield Road, Dover.
When the Club strength is sufficient an attempt to run a second team will be made.
The team is finding its feet, and has now won three matches and lost four, with 19 goals for and 28 against.
A Smoking Concert and convivial evening (songs, cards, community singing, etc.) is being held on 19th January, at the School. Tickets 1/-. We appeal to all those interested in the Old Boys' team to support what we hope to make an enjoyable event.
R. RUSSELL, Hon. Sec.
Town House.Town House.
First and foremost, the House is to be congratulated on winning the House Shield for the first time in its history. I thank all Light Blues for their enthusiasm and keen support, which enabled Town House to maintain the lead it obtained under the sound leadership of Jarrett.
The House football results have not been too good, but I ask both teams to persevere as there are some matches to play in which they can show improvement. The main fault lies with the forwards, who get the ball to the opposing goal area and then shoot badly. Practice is the only remedy for weak finishing. In the 1st XI., Anderson, Landrock and Keefe have played consistently well. In the 2nd XI., Tyrell, Claw, Jackson and Castle have done good service. The younger members of the House are asked, in addition to playing Soccer at every opportunity, to grow as much as possible, as our teams of late years have been small.
As I am probably relinquishing the captaincy of this House at the end of this term, I take the opportunity of wishing it every success in the future, and assure its members I shall follow its progress with great interest. Let everyone do his bit to bring the Light Blues ever to the fore.
Undoubtedly my first duty is to congratulate Town House -on winning the Shield for the first time since the present system of Houses was inaugurated. Their success indicates very clearly how much depends on swimming; many members of the Country House do not fully realise this.
However, we have made quite a good start on this year's .programme; at football the 1st XI. have passed through this term without being defeated. I cannot say this of the 2nd XI., as they lost the first match of the season rather badly to Buckland 2nd XI. Nevertheless this is the only defeat they have suffered, and we all hope they will change the reverse to a good win in the return match.
Both teams have worked hard; Dilnot, Voizey, Bullen and Bowden were always willing workers for the 1st XI.; while Kennett and Hopkins have proved assets to the 2nd XI.
The 1st XI. will greatly miss Hunt, who has obtained a post in London. We shall always remember his excellent efforts, and in the name of the House I wish him every success.
We are looking forward to the "East" Cup Competition this term with renewed keenness, as we have new talent from the Junior School who may help us to win something this year. We live in hopes; so - Play up, Greens!
I should first like to congratulate the younger members of the House in winning, for the first time, the "East" Cup. It was the result of hard, conscientious practice by the members of the team who, if they continue this practice, have great promise for the future.
The keenness of these boys should set an example to some .of the older members of the House, many of whom take little or no interest at all in its affairs other than attending an occasional House meeting. This should not be so when we are so small in numbers.
The results of House matches played this term have been most disappointing. The 1st XI. was not expected to win many games, but with luck we might have drawn with Town. The form of Profitt and Salmon has been most pleasing. As a team, however, combination is practically unknown, and many chances have been lost through a lack of first-time shooting.
The 2nd XI. has been our great disappointment. Individually it is one of the best 2nd XI's the House has had, but the members of the team do not take the games seriously enough, and .so squander those chances which come their way. Immediately this fault is remedied, matches will be won.
I hope that the next three games will bring a great improvement in the results for both Elevens.
Congratulations to L. I. Hadlow, our late captain, on his recent examination attainments; and to Town House on their success in winning the House Championship.
We have started the football season well. A loss against Country 1st XI. was amply neutralised by a good win by our second team. Unfortunately this same team dropped a valuable point in a later match, and, as a result, the end of the term finds us a point behind the leaders.
Both forwards and defence in the 1st XI. have been good, and reports of the 2nd XI. have been encouraging.
Next term, there is the "East" Cup Competition, and every eligible boy should do his utmost to obtain a place in the House team.
D.C.S. v. Old Boys.
The Old Boys won the toss and batted first, on a sticky wicket. However, they soon got on top of the School bowling, scoring very freely, Lawes and Stokes making 50 and 80 respectively. Nevertheless, the School bowling w_ not up to its usual standard. But when the School batted they too found the conditions to their liking, and when stumps were drawn .were only 7 runs behind.
OLD BOY5--I78 for 7 dec. (Lawes 50, Stokes 80). SCHOOL-I7I for 5 (Wells 61 not out, Stanway 23, Dilnot 20).
" East" Cup Competition.
First round. Buckland 120, Town 42. Maxton 31, Country 30.
Final. Maxton 36, Buckland 34.
SCHOOL FOOTBALL NOTES.
The School 1st XI. has never, to my knowledge, had such a successful season. At the time of writing, the team has only one defeat, with seven victories to its credit.
At the beginning of the term the position of outside-left proved difficult to fill, and this upset the movements of the forwards. However, when it was finally filled satisfactorily the team settled down to good sound play.
Naturally we miss Hunt, but Paterson is an excellent substitute and combines well with the rest of the forwards, who are led ably by Pott.
The halves and backs, at first rather erratic, have now established a good understanding amongst themselves, and this accounts for the small number of goals scored against us.
The 2nd XI, under Masters, have been defeated only once, and the results indicate a well-balanced team.
Our Under 15 XI. has not been satisfactory, and is still without a win. Profitt makes a good leader, but does not receive sufficient support from the rest of the forwards. These younger boys must realise that wild kicking and inaccurate passing will never win a match.
However, we hope their luck will change, and that the 1st and 2nd XI's will pass through the remainder of the season with the same success they have already experienced.
School 1st XI.
Sept 22 - At Astor
Avenue. D.S.C. 3; Chatham House School 2.
Oct. 6 - At Guston. D.C.S. 1; D.Y.R.M.S. 1.
" 27 - At Ashford. D.C.S. 3; Ashford Grammar School 2.
" 31 - At Folkestone. D.C.S. 5; Harvey Grammar School 0.
Nov. 7 - At Canterbury. D.C.S. 5; Simon Langton School 1.
" 10 - At Astor Avenue. D.C.S. 7; Chatham House School o.
" 21 - At Astor Avenue. D.C.S. 8; Ashford Grammar School 0.
" 28 - At Astor Avenue. D.C.S. 2; D.Y.R.M.S. 2.
Dec.1 - At Margate. D.C.S. 2; Margate College 9.
" 5 - At Astor Avenue. D.C.S. 18; Harvey Grammar School 2.
" 8 - At Astor Avenue. D.C.S. 7; Simon Langton School.
Goal scorers - Pott 30, Bullen 12.
School 2nd XI.
- At Longhill. D.C.S. 6; Chatham
House School 0.
Oct. 6 - At Longhill. D.C.S. 9; D.Y.R.M.S. 0.
" 31 - At Longhill. D.C.S. 7; Harvey Grammar School 4.
Nov. 7 - At Longhill. D.C.S. 12; Simon Langton School 2.
" 10 - At Longhill. D.C.S. 3; Chatham House School 0.
" 28 - At Guston. D.C.S. 4; D.Y.R.M.S. 1.
Dec. 1 - At Astor Avenue. D.C.S. 2; Margate College 2.
" 5 - At Folkestone. D.C.S. 2; Harvey Grammar School 5.
" 8 - At Canterbury. D.C.S. 9; Simon Langton School 1.
Goal scorers - Salmon 12, Voizey 5, Hopgood 4
School Under 15 XI.
Oct. 6 - At
Guston. D.C.S. 3; D.Y.R.M.S. 6.
" 27 - At Longhill. D.C.S. 4; Ashford Grammar School 6.
Nov. 7 - At Canterbury. D.C.S. 2; Simon Langton School 4.
" 21 - At Ashford. D.C.S. 2; Ashford Grammar School 7.
" 28 - At Longhill. D.C.S. 0; D.Y.R.M.S. 6.
Dec. 1 - At Margate. D.C.S. 0; Margate College 1.
" 8 - At Longhill. D.C.S. 3; Simon Langton School 1.
Buckland (3-2), Town (2-0) and Maxton (8-0).
Buckland beat Maxton (5-3) and Town (3-0).
Town beat Maxton (4-3).
Country (9-1), Maxton (2-0) and drew with Town (0-0).
Country beat Town (2-0) and Maxton (2-0).
Town beat Maxton (1-0).
The following have obtained the Royal
Life-Saving Society's Awards;-
Hon. Instructor's Certificate. - F. V. Godfrey, W. E. Johnson.
Teacher's Certificate. - F. V. Godfrey.
Award of Merit. - F. Constable, C. W. Darke, B. D. Gibbs, E. C. Sharp.
Bronze Medallion. - H. C. Blackford, L. S. Byrne, F. Constable. J. C. Cornhill, B. D. Gibbs,
J. G. Hammond, M. E. Hearn, W. J. C. Henson, E. J. Leeds, F. J. Maher, E. H. B. Martin,
H. C. Newman, F. W. G. Redman, E. C. Sharp, R. G. Simmonds, R. E. Smith,
S. M. Southey, L. J. Taylor, C. M. R. Tyrell, V. F. West.
Proficiency Certificate. - A. T. Bird, H. C. Blackford, L. S. Byrne, J. C. Cornhill, B. D. Gibbs,
J. G. Hammond, M. E. Hearn, W. J. C. Henson, E. J. Leeds, F. J. Maher, E. H. B. Martin,
H. C. Newman, F. W. G. Redman, R. G. Simmonds, R. E. Smith, S. M. Southey,
L. J. Taylor, C. M. R. Tyrell. V. F. West.
A. B. C.
d £ s d
21/7/28 Subscriptions .. 11 0 0 Teas to Visiting Teams (17) .. 11 4 5½
25/7/28 Do., from Town House 0 4 3 Grigg .. .. .. .. 20 17 17
25/7/28 Sale of Fixtures etc. from George .. .. .. .. 0 6 0
Junior School .. .. .. 0 3 10 Dawsons .. .. .. .. .. 1 19 7
28/9/28 Subscriptions .. .. 28 10 0 Hire of Baths and tips .. .. .. 1 8 6
10/7/28 Cash in hand .. .. 7 3 6 Engraving Honours Board .. .. 0 4 6
Cash at Bank .. .. 7 8 1 Harris .. .. .. .. .. .. 0 8 6
Fares by bus .. .. .. .. .. 0 13 9
Gunn .. .. .. .. .. .. 7 4 11
Sheppard .. .. .. .. .. 0 5 0
Wood (for Trophies) .. .. .. 1 13 6
Cash at Bank, 3/12/28 .. .. 6 4 9
Cash in hand, 3/12/28 .. .. 1 19 1½
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£54 9 8 £54 9 8
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, W. WILTON BAXTER,
. Hon. Treas., Games Fund
Audited and found correct (A heavy bill is outstanding for.).
W. H. DARBY. transport of teams
An ideal day favoured our departure, 79 strong, from Dover, via Canterbury, to Seasalter. The fatigue of the long march to camp was lessened by the blissful dreams of sundry visits to the wet canteen. The march into camp was excellent, the portly rotund figure at the salute giving the proceedings an additional air of militarism. With camp gear allotted, everyone immediately entered into camp routine - for the time being, food and sleep. All new cadets are warned never to go to sleep beside their kit without mounting a guard - experience is a wonderful thing.
The first few days were devoted to "Lucas Tooth" Training. We progressed rapidly, although only morning parades were attempted this year. The physical training improved beyond recognition, the neighbouring eye of our "Pickwick" preventing our "gasbags" from leaking. Thursday was heralded with groans, and such-like indications of an anticipated happiness. By the time the afternoon arrived N.C.O.'s were walking about with a resigned air, the Serjeant-Major was speaking Hindustani, and the new cadets had extreme difficulty in preventing their knees from playing "Rule Britannia" and their ankles "A Life on the Ocean Wave." In spite of this displacement of nervous equilibria, the Inspecting Officer, Capt. Hemming, commended us highly upon our show.
Saturday, 28th July, will always remain a memorable date in the history of the Corps. Our O.C. was presented with a sword, suitably inscribed, and subscribed for by the past and present members of the Corps, and friends. The presentation was indicative of the high esteem in which he is held by all who come in contact with him. It will leave an ineffaceable impression on all present, not only through the reminiscences of the Captain and the court-martial formation of the Corps, but by the extensive and fluent greetings of the Serjeant-Major when a cadet presented himself with no putties. The Serjeant-Major was then presented with a camp bed to replace his ten-year old one. (Ten years-what a wonderful compliment to the makers!) Church Parades were held on Sundays, 29th July and 5th August, in the Mess. The Headmaster conducted the Services, and I am sure his two addresses - "Swords" and "Trumpets" - made a lasting impression on many minds.
August 4th was also heralded with groans for two very pronounced reasons. It was Annual Inspection Day, and it rained and blew so hard that, before one could reach the lines, the porridge had been diluted to N/10 and, to cap the lot, had been borne by the wind to lands unknown.
The cherished hope of a further trip to Hawkinge was sufficient encouragement, however, and so nobly did we defy the elements that Major Mowll immediately stabilized the hope.
The last week was devoted to work for the Section Cup and to training prospective N.C.O.'s. We must congratulate Section II., C.Q.M.S. Saunders and Sjt. Stanway, on just winning the Cup.
Thursday found us "homeward plodding our weary way," after a nine-mile route march. We were fortified half way with a bushel of pears, and I have heard it rumoured that for every pear taken by the men the Serjeants carrying the basket took a pair; but remember that rumours are only rumours after all.
The call to distant lands being imminent, we had to bid good-bye to our very popular Orderly Officer - (Any complaints? Hard spuds!) - Lieut. Blackford. The Corps presented him with a silver cigarette case and convinced him before he left that he was a jolly good fellow. Ex-Band Sjt. Peyton, of the London University O.T.C., acted as O.O. for the rest of camp, and would undoubtedly be a worthy successor to Lieut. Blackford.
So much for the serious side of camp. I seem to remember a popular Corporal murmuring in his sleep, "Sentry, on your beat - right turn! New Guard, Present Arms!" and a cadet endeavouring to slope arms with his kit bag when awakened for his midnight duty.
One poor fellow, caught asleep, was made to resemble a South Sea Islander in a fit, and was then calmly tossed in a blanket. So many men of the Corps being fanatically scientific must needs endeavour to determine his co-efficient of restitution with Mother Earth, and to say the least it was somewhat painful. Blanket-tossing was brought to a timely conclusion by a stirring speech by the Serjeant-Major, in a language only intelligible to the Officers, N.C.O.'s and men of the 1st Cadet Company C.P.(F.) RE.
Some unlucky fellow had to sleep on a miniature Himalayan Range. It is said that he spent all the first night fitting his body into the ground.
How vivid was the difference between Fire Picket Serjeant and Corporal on Alarm night! The former was dressed in full uniform, with clean buttons, and, to complete the picture, a cane. The latter had a pair of pyjamas half-on and a forage cap half-off. He was just waking and was apparently viewing with the Serjeant-Major at eloquence. Needless to say, he failed. One day twelve spotlessly clean sportsmen went dyke jumping and bull avoiding. They returned absolutely covered with the blackest of all black mud! I heard it whispered that the confusion in the dykes a mile away caused the whole Company to sniff perpetually. The camp was soon left desolate when they returned.
One cadet will have due cause to remember the Seasalter Camp of 1928. Having browned him all over (the concoction used was margarine and cocoa), we put him on view free and for nothing, to the refrain, duly composed by a certain sun-dor on the spot, " 'As hanybody seen hour niggah?" Immediately he was freed he rushed to the sea, and in doing so broke bounds. I am sure that the whole Corps will never forget the sight of the N.C.O. of the Guard and two sentries, the former at the slope, the latter at the alert, all endeavouring to arrest the offender.
For the purposes of "Cert. A.," an hour was devoted to battle drill. We drove the enemy headlong five times. The only casualties were two scratched fingers, five rifles filled with dirt, two broken braces and one broken belt. Twenty-five trouser buttons and five square inches of good Army cloth were reported missing.
The Menji Tribe rag was decidedly amusing. This was the last rule of Orderly Officer Blackford, and when Cadet Officer Peyton (in English) had been crowned, what fitter sequel could one have than a boxing match (sorry - a water fight) between the old and the new.
Many pages could be devoted to an account of camp, but space does not permit. I see vividly many things - the march past in the "Spud and Spoon" race, the breakdown Ford in the wheel race, the large crowd on Sports Day, the nominating of Freemasons, and Menji Tribesmen, the vivid M's on many chests (which may still be there), the camel in the wheelbarrow race, the crash in the chariot race, and so on ad infinitum. They all serve to stamp even more firmly in our memory the Seasalter Camp of 1928; and this little narrative, incomplete as it certainly is, may cause a few non-cadets to realise what they are missing. But before I close, we must here record our appreciation for C.Q.M.S. Saunders' extensive work, and compliment him sincerely on the high quality of the food. The same thanks are tendered to the Band and the cooks, who maintained their high reputation."
1st CADET COY. C.P. (F.) R.E.
There have been the usual Corps' activities this term - Company Parades, Band Parades, and one well-attended Field-day. Every member of the Corps received with great enthusiasm the news that we had, for the second time in our history, been successful in the Lucas-Tooth competition. Preparations for the cross-country run at Chingford are being made, and runners, would do well to note the above success and determine to deprive Ashford of the Running Trophy also.
Sjts. Mercer and Donald and Cpl. Dilnot are to be congratulated on passing the practical exam. for Certificate "A." We hope that the final result will be as good.
We are sorry to hear of the departure of Sjt. Carpenter for Aldershot, as he gave us much valuable instruction in Musketry at the Drill Hall. Though sorry to lose him, we wish him every success at his new post.
It was with great regret that we were unable to accept the kind invitation of Major Mowll to visit Chatham as a reward of our efficiency. This visit would have been expensive, and as the finances of the Corps are at present not over-flourishing, Cadets would have had to pay their full expenses.
The fine spirit and enthusiasm of the Training Section has been one of the noticeable features, both of camp and of the term. It is to be hoped this Section will keep this up as someday it will form the backbone of the Corps.
1st CADET COY. C.P. (F.) R.E.
d £ s d
Balance brought forward .. .. 4 16 10 Deficit from Camp A/c. .. .. 7 16 0
Paymaster, Eastern Command .. 3 5 0 Uniforms. .. .. .. 1 2 7
Uniform. .. .. .. 2 12 2 Potter and Co. .. .. .. 0 7 6
Deficit. .. .. .. 1 9 4½ Ditto. .. .. . .. 1 2 6
Crompton and Sons. .. .. 1 4 7
Aldershot Stores. .. .. 0 10 3
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£12 3 5 £12 3 5 ----- -------- ---- ----------
W. E. PEARCE,
Capt. R.E. (C.),
3rd December, 1928.
Audited and found correct,
A. B. CONSTABLE
On 25th October, the School once again welcomed Mr. and: Mrs. Bailey, Miss Collisson and Miss Skilbeck, who gave us a very interesting and instructive Concert. A crowded hall greeted each item of the programme with enthusiastic applause, and, after some community singing, the Head Master expressed the thanks of the School to the artistes. Not only the boys, but many of the parents, and indeed the artistes themselves, hope that such a Concert may become an annual event.
During this term the energies of the School Music Society have been taken up with choral work. Next term the Society will meet to study the works of Schumann, Mendelssohn and Brahms.
The music master cordially thanks A. W. Brooker for the gift to the School of three gramophone records of the G minor Symphony of Mozart, the "Brooker-Mozart," as it has already been named, With the Records already given by the parents, a small music Library of Records is already begun, and such gifts help to make this more comprehensive.
J. M. SAUNDERS. - Senior Prefect; School 1st
XI. Football, 26-27-28-29; School 1st XI. Cricket, 27-28; Colours, 1927;
Captain, Town House; C.Q.M.S. in Cadet Corps; Cert. "A," November, 1927; School
A. H. COOKE. - Junior Prefect; Serjeant in Cadet Corps; Cert. "A," March, 1927; Winner, Farley Cup, 1926 and 1927; Clerkship in London.
W. B. DUNN. - Junior Prefect; Country House 2nd XI. Football and Cricket; Lance-Corporal, Cadet Corps; entered father's business in Deal.
G. E. HUNT. - School 1st XI. Football, 25-26-27-28-29; Colours, 1927; Country House 1st XI. Football and Cricket; Standard Electric Co., Collingdale.
W. R NEWELL. - School 2nd XI. Football; Maxton House 1st XI. Football; Clerkship at Messrs. Hoare, Gothard and Bond's.
C. H. B. FOAD. - Lance-Corporal, Cadet Corps; RA.F. Clerkship.
W. T. TOMBLESON. - Lance-Corporal, Cadet Corps; Swimming Champion, 1927 and 1928; RA.F. Clerkship.
C. W. DARKE. - Town House 2nd XI. Football; Bronze Medallion for Swimming; School Cadet Corps; employed in Shipping Office, London.
A. H. WATERMAN. - Buckland House 1st XI. Cricket; 2nd XI. Football; Clerk at Mannering's Mill.
G. T. CLARKE. - Town House 2nd XI. Football; Bronze Medallion for Swimming; gone to School of Shorthand and Typewriting.
E. F. LEGG. - Country House 2nd XI. Cricket; Auctioneer's Clerk.
E. A. BEACH. - Country House 2nd XI. Cricket; removed to Hastings College.
J. C. KING. - School Cadet Corps; Insurance Clerkship in London.
A. G. BRIGHAM. - School Cadet Corps; Clerk at Hill's Shipbreaking Co.
R. E. MERCER. - School Cadet Corps; Lloyds' tobacco firm.
L. N. HOLT. - School Cadet Corps; removed from district.
W. E. and J. S. FITCH. - Removing to Devonport.
F. J. MUMFORD. - Removed to London.
C. F. NEWPORT. - Farming at Capel.
F. and A. TEMPLE-WEST. - Left the district.
W. F. THUELL. - Transferred to Lloyd's Bank Orphan School.
Oxford and Cambridge Joint Board Higher
Certificates. - L. I. Hadlow (Distinction in Physics), E. L. Trist (Distinction
in English and in History, awarded State Scholarship),
S. Dilnot, R. A. Newing.
Oxford and Cambridge Joint Board School Certificates. - S. H. Anderson, *I. C. Austin,
*H. J. D. Baker, *J. A. J. Binks, *A. T. Bird, *L. S. Byrne, B. D. Carpenter,
*P. A. Castle; *R. A. Crofts, C. A. M. Farr, R. Fea, *F. J. Goodridge, *H: G. Hopkins,
*E. H. B. Martin, *E. W. J. Moseling, J. A. Paterson, *R. A. Pott, A. R. Sharp,
*L. C. Sparham, *L. J. Taylor, S. E. Teasdale, W. T. Tombleson, A. H. Waterman,
J. H. West, A. C. Youd.
Oxford School Certificates Third Class Honours - J. W. Bussey, *C. H. B. Foad,
*W. A. Goldfinch, *B. T. Law.
Pass: T. A. N. Appleby, E. A. Beach, H. C. Brown, C. E. Budgell, V. W. Bullen,
G. T. Clarke, E. E. Dellbridge, D. A. Dewar, *J. G. Hammond, J. C. T. King,
E. A. Knowles, F. J. Maher, F. C. Masters, S. A. Meadows, R P. Peyton, R. F. Scott,
R. E. Smith, H. J. W. Terry, W. L. Wells, G. E. Whittingstall.
* Obtained exemption from London Matriculation Examination.
London Matriculation. - R. A. Newing.
OLD BOYS: -
H. B. Garland - Distinction in Oral French and German in Part I. of Modern Languages Tripos.
E. M. Smith - completed the qualifying examination for A.M.I.Mech.E.
Form V. (Joint
Board). - Pittock (2), Thompson, White,
" V. (O.L. Eng.). - Craig, Peters, Harrisson.
- Eade (2), Sharp, E. (2), Fox
(2), Mainwood (2),
" IVb. i.
- Bell, Askie,
- Moseling (2), Bailey (2), Milne
(2), Bussey (2),
Vosper, White, Unstead, Wraight,
" IIa. - Killick (2), Watt.
Form Ia. i. - Le Prevost (2), Borthwick, Gale.
" Ia. ii. - Robinson (2), Stanley (2).
" Upper Trans. - Blaxland (2), Couch (2), Goodbun (2), Monckton (2),
Pearson (2), Sharp (2).
" Lower Trans.
- Pearce (2), Skinner (2), Woodard (2), Hart,
- Archer (2), Dunn (2), Paddock (2),
GLEAMS AND FLASHES.
The amount contributed to the School Charity Fund this term, up to 5th December, amounted to about £16, including £6 6s. for sale of poppies on Remembrance Day.
The total proceeds of the Fund for the School Year 1927-8 were £41 10s. 2d., of which £25 was contributed for the support of our School Cot at Dover Hospital, £5 was sent to Deal Hospital, £6 6s. to Earl Haig's Fund, and £1 1s. each to the Mayor's Cripple Fund, the National Institute for the Blind, and St. Dunstan's. This leaves a balance of £2 1s. 2d. in hand.
The School Librarian desires to acknowledge, with thanks, the following gifts to the Reference Library;-
"Great Britain: Essays in Regional Geography," from A. W. Brooker.
"Engines," by Andrade and "The Great Physicists," by Hart, from E. F. Legg.
Vols. II., III, IV. and V. of Ward's "English Poetry," from C. G. Jarrett.
We thank all the boys who sent in contributions for this issue, and regret that many are crowded out. Forms IIa. and IIIa., in particular, are to be congratulated on a number of good attempts, and we hope in future to publish articles by some of those who are disappointed this time.
To me! To me listenne! I telle of ye thrice famouse dedes we wroughte manie moones paste in ye monthe of Julie, when ye brothere tyrantes, Hyer Certif. and Scoole Certif. were vanquished and putte to flighte. Butte alack! gretenesse hath his penalties, and ye knyghtes in ye Lesser Hole are packed like to sardinnes in tubbes. Yea! they have e'en been drivene into ye Halle of Grubbe, but despytc ye dayntye smelles from scoole festes, they have worked noblie to prepere to meete old Hyer nexte yere. Ande whatte of our brothers in Cesenic? Lo! they abide forever in ye labbes of Sir Aybeece and Sir Weppe, where dailie do they make foule stinkes ande breake teste tubes.
Whanne thatte Octobre with his heftee downepours our armoure and casques hadde perced to the skinne, thenne was fulfilled ye age-olde prophecie of ye Overlorde, and alle ye knyghtes, squyeres and serfs didden wende thir way to Caunterburie, the chaptere-house to seeke. There they didde see Blacke Edwarde's helme and Becket's bloodie stone, butte yette methinks alle were gladde to reache ye chaptere-house and make feste. And aft ere manie cakes hadde beene scoffed and muche sugere pinched, alle ye pilgrimmes didde retourne home in ye anciente chariottes of Seandcar. Summe didde chante of ye Sultan's famouse citie; otheres didde singe of our owne dere towne, while certene knyghtes declered thatte they were the boyes thatte made no noyse, butte yette I guesse they made more rowe than alle ye reste. Wolde thatte Sir Scapal hadde beene there! Nowwe thatte ye prophecys of ye Overlorde hathe beene fulfilled, we hope for furthere delyghtes.
Yea! trulie grete hathe beene this ye terme. Thatte olde serpente, Jupiter Pluvius, hathe donne his worste, butte yet hathe Kinge Footbawle reigned supreme onne ye Playnes of Astore ande ye rugged slopes of Longehille. Certene of our numbere, yclept "refs," have manie times placed their necks in jeopardie in ye fierce frayes, being assailed withe shoutes of "Handes! Foule!" and "Ply the gime!" Wherefore ye game is clept foot-bawle. Butte nowe ye terme draweth to a close, and we prepere forre ye seasonne of Noel. Lette us attacke Kinge Grubbe withe zeste, O warriores, and if perchance we retire fromme ye conteste sorely strickene, we suffer in a worthie cause.
A happie Christmasse and a merrie New Yere to alle ye knyghtes, squyeres and yeomenne!
JA. TENTKEN, YE SCRYBE.
A MODERN PILGRIMAGE TO CANTERBURY.
A year or two ago a lantern lecture on Canterbury was. delivered to the Senior School, and the Headmaster suggested the possibility of our making a pilgrimage to the Cathedral. This was found practicable this term, and accordingly October the 4th found us numbering well over 300 at the Priory Station,
Redy to wenden on our pilgrimage
To Caunterbury with ful devout corage.
The journey was occupied in lusty singing, resulting in many hoarse voices. and on arrival we set out for the Cathedral, over the City Wall and along Burgate Street.
The Dean received us and gave us a short preliminary address, welcoming us, and pointing out the value of the Cathedral as a shrine of History, Art and Religion. We then split up into parties to be conducted round, the Dean himself taking the first party. In particular were pointed out the architecture of the Choir, the Tomb of the Black Prince, Trinity Chapel, the Archbishop's Throne, and the martyrdom. As it was then about five minutes to three, we took our places in the Choir, which we nearly filled, for Evensong. Canon Elnor, who is an Honorary Canon of the Cathedral, read the first lesson, and a special prayer was said for the School. After the service, which lasted about an hour, we were privileged to see the daily ceremony of turning a page of the Buffs' Roll of Honour, in the Warriors' Chapel, after which we visited the crypt or anywhere else we wished, until tea-time.
Tea was served in the Chapter House, and the caterers left nothing to be desired either in quality or quantity. Full justice was done to the provisions, as was shown by the bareness of the table when we had finished. There were certainly no twelve baskets of fragments left this time! The Headmaster then thanked the Dean for his kindness to us, and called on the boys to give him three hearty cheers - a call ably responded to; indeed, the Dean was observed to glance apprehensively at the roof. We were then told to assemble at the station in about half an hour, to return to Dover, where we arrived after one of the most enjoyable half-days the School has ever spent.
A CANTERBURY TALE.
Would Chaucer old had been alive
To see that sight!
of boys, three hundred strong,
Michaelmas Term, 1928.
The Michaelmas Term is always a period of great activity with very little apparent achievement; for a quarter of the term generally elapses before normal pressure of work is reached, and the end of term comes swiftly and suddenly on the unsuspecting. The wise contrive, nevertheless, to lay the foundation of a sound year's work: a slack Michaelmas Term is fatal for those seeking a good honours degree.
This year the School is represented at the University more strongly than ever. Five Old Boys are in residence, all at different Colleges. Of these, W. V. Carpenter (Downing), D. G. A. Sanders (Clare), and the writer of these notes (Emmanuel) are in their second year; E. L. Trist (Pembroke) and C. G. Jarrett (Sidney Sussex) are freshmen.
The University continues steadily to increase the number of its students. The number of freshmen this year was 1,651, of which Trinity, St. John's, Emmanuel and Pembroke had each more than 100.
Our new Vice-Chancellor is the Rev. Dr. Fitzpatrick, of Queen's, who succeeds the Rev. G. A. Weekes (Sidney Sussex). Academic events have been few. At the beginning of term the Senate expressed its gratitude for the Rockefeller proposals, at the same time expressing fears that the grant might destroy the balance of the University by strengthening unduly the scientific departments. The death of Sir Hugh K. Anderson, the Master of Caius, who had taken a leading part in the Rockefeller negotiations, was a grave misfortune to the University.
A Professorship of Economic History has this term been, created, and Dr. Clapham has been nominated as its first holder; while Col. F. J. M. Stratton has been elected to the vacant chair, of Astrophysics.
No great sporting events occur before the end of this term, when the relay races against Oxford are run, but all three University teams have beaten many strong sides.
In entertainments the term has been prolific; we have had visits from Paderewski, Pachmann and the Lener Quartette, while Lydia Lopokova appeared at the A.D.C. Theatre in the first performances in England of Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale and Shakespeare's The Lover's Complaint.
The Festival Theatre is more popular than ever, and is now so much a feature of University life that the teaching staff of the English department strongly recommend their students to attend regularly each week. Already this term we have had Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House, W. J. Turner's The Man Who Ate the Popomack, Galsworthy's The Show, Elmer Rice's Subway and As You Like It. The Man Who Ate the Popomack and As You Like It deserve special mention, and I hope on some future occasion to write on this and similar productions of Shakespeare. Eugene O'Neill's The Hairy Ape, Dryden's Marriage ΰ la Mode and a visit of the Oxford Players in Strindberg's The Spook Sonata will complete the term's programme. The Theatre perseveres in its policy of experiment in methods of production and presentation.
A misfortune has befallen a wider circle than the University by the destruction by fire of Grantchester Mill on 30th October. Though the statements in the London Press concerning the mill's antiquity are open to doubt, it had certain precious literary associations, for it was the mill of Tennyson's "The Millcr's Daughter" and of the unforgettable lines of Rupert Brooke: -
Oh! is the water sweet
Gentle and brown beside the pool?
And laughs the immortal river still
Under the mill, under the mill?
And is there Beauty yet to find?
And Certainty? and Quiet kind?
Deep meadows yet, for to forget
The lies, and truths, and pain? . . . Oh! Yet
Stands the church clock at ten to three?
And is there honey still for tea?"
H. B. GARLAND.
(CONTRIBUTED BY OLD BOYS.)
No. VI.-The Royal Air Force.
In the last few years, flying has advanced to such an extent that it has, very naturally, a great attraction for all, especially for boys between the ages of fifteen and seventeen.
Many may be deterred by the numerous risks supposed to exist, but when one thinks of the thousands of machines taking the air daily, and the publicity given to the comparatively few accidents that occur, it will be seen that flying is no more risky than motoring or seafaring.
Those thinking of joining the R.A.F, are strongly advised to consider beforehand, whether or not they wish to make a career of the Service, the whole term being twenty-four years. This may be done in two halves, which enables an airman to come out after the first twelve years, but in doing this he is only wasting the best years of his life and the only gain would be the learning of a trade.
To join as an "Aircraft Apprentice," which is undoubtedly the best way to join, a boy must be between the ages of fifteen and sixteen and a half, unless a special recommendation is obtained from someone of an official standing, such as the Headmaster of his school. This would enable a boy to stay on at school and take the School Leaving Certificate, which is very advisable.
The results of the examinations are sent to each candidate, and the successful ones are provided with a railway warrant and instructions as to when and where to report themselves. On reaching Halton, which is now the chief training centre, each candidate is subjected to a thorough medical examination and then given a choice of the following trades:-
Aero-engine Fitter Carpenter Rigger
Metal Rigger Coppersmith
Wireless Operator Mechanic
(the last named being sent to Flowerdown, in Hampshire, for training). These are all known as Group 1. trades, and carry the highest rates of pay. Only one trade outside this group is taught in apprenticeship - namely that of clerk, which belongs to Group IV.
Whilst under training the rates of pay are as follows:-
7/6 per week up to the age of eighteen.
14/- per week for the remainder of the apprenticeship.
Of this pay, half is deferred and paid out when the boys go on leave. Other pay is as follows: -
Ration allowance whilst on leave, 1/7 per day.
Allowance for clothing, etc., £2 per quarter.
One and a half days a week are devoted to education in school subjects, which include higher mathematics, technical drawing and lectures on subjects of interest. This is continued for two years, when an examination is held.
When the three years' apprenticeship is over, every apprentice goes through a practical, written and oral examination from the result of which ranks are determined. Two or three from the entry are chosen to be sent to Cranwell, in Lincolnshire, to be trained as Officers. This is where a good leaving certificate from school is absolutely essential, for only the best educated are chosen. Between twelve and fifteen are kept back and trained as Corporals, and the remainder are passed out as Leading Aircraftsmen (L.A.C.), First-Class Aircraftsmen (A.C.L.) and Second-Class Aircraftsmen (A.C.II.).
The percentage of marks required to obtain these ranks, and the pay they carry, are as follows:-
L.A.C.. 80%. 38/6 per week.
A.C.L.. 60%. 29/9 "
A.C.II.. 40%. .24/6 "
The boys are then posted away to different stations, which are, as far as possible, of their own choice, where they commence their actual service as qualified mechanics, although very little responsibility is allowed them at first and they are kept under observation until considered capable.
On reaching the rank of L.A.C. an airman can take a course as pilot. This entails a year's training, and then four years' flying. After the preliminary year, he is made a Serjeant, and known as a Serjeant Pilot, which rank, of course, carries a much higher rate of pay. It is possible to get a commission from this course.
No two persons would give the same account of the general life, because this is entirely what a man makes it for himself, and depends upon his inclinations and character. In almost every camp, airmen are allowed out of camp daily after duty hours until midnight. Wednesdays and Saturdays are considered half-holidays, to be devoted mainly to sport. This latter is plentiful, every opportunity being given in every branch. Whilst under apprenticeship the boys are allowed six weeks a year for leave, but afterwards it is reduced to four.
Technical exams. are held every six months, and all airmen considered efficient are nominated to sit for promotion.
The majority of stations have an educational department where the airman may study advanced subjects, with a view to becoming an A.M.I.M.E. In conclusion, it may be said that the R.A.F. is the youngest of the three Services, and is engaged with a science which is still in its infancy so that improvements and expansion are bound to come.
Opinions about the Service, however, differ considerably, and it is difficult for one to give an unbiassed account for the benefit of others, as so much depends on the individual viewpoint, but it is hoped that this article will give a general idea of the life and prospects.
W. S. SMITH (1921-23).
ON WRITING AN ARTICLE.
I wonder how many of our boys have been asked to write an article for the School Magazine, and have been unable to do so because they could not think of a subject suitable for insertion. So now I propose to expound a theory upon the "right" method of choosing a subject and of writing an article for the Pharos, or any other similar periodical.
There are really many topics to write upon, and many sources from which to draw them. The commonest type is the "visit" article. By this I mean, for example: "A Visit to a Paper Mill, a Hop-Garden, Sharp's Kreemy Toffee Works, or Buckingham Palace." The writer, nine times out of ten, has never been inside a paper mill, nor has he ever been hopping; the sole connection he has ever had with Sharp's Toffee Works was only a sticky one in the form of one penny bar of the said toffee; and as for Buckingham Palace, he does know that the King and Queen live there - that is the limit of his acquaintance with this famous building.
But I am wandering from my subject. A boy with but a little imagination, which he must not stretch too far, will find it very easy to write a "visit" article.
Another favourite method is for a boy in Form IIx or IIb. to describe Hong-Kong, Mecca, or Sing-Sing. His knowledge of Geography not being very extensive, leads him to think that one of these places is a small village in China or Japan; and so, with the aid of an encyclopaedia, he goes on to tell us of his visit to Sing-Sing and his ride in a rickshaw. The Editor, a man full of pity, often, and of patience always, chooses the best of this sort of article and inserts it; the rest, being "held over through lack of space," are consigned without regret to the waste-paper basket.
Before coming to our poetical efforts, let me consider another class of prose article. It is chosen by the ignorant individual, probably as his first attempt, or may possibly be a transcript of an English homework exercise. I speak of plain and dull description of some well-known object of interest - the Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral, Museums, Town Halls, and many other great buildings. All have been described in our Magazine. These may or may not be inserted, their fate depending upon whether they are genuine description or mere transcription.
Lastly, we come to the poets of the School. These are few and far between, but the "poems" certainly arc not. Of course there are often budding poets who send in a really good effort; or there are some who spend nights over an original poetical version of Vergil, Book IX. These latter have my entire sympathy. Two books have lent invaluable aid to our poets - "Golden Treasury" and "Mount Helicon." How many poems of Wordsworth (with slight verbal "improvements") have been sent in by J. Smith or A. Jones? 1 leave it in doubt.
So we come to the conclusion that subjects are not very hard to find, but original ones usually are. Still, do not let me deter any small youth from trying to set forth his literary genius in prose - or in poetry.
A.E.V. (VI. Arts).
(We now await with interest a series of original and striking articles from our critic. - ED.)
A COUNTRY WALK.
day, in perfect solitude, along the road I strolled;
I did not meet a person, yet on all sides I was told:
If you want to keep quite healthy, then be sure and eat more fruit;
If your clothes are getting shabby, buy our new three-guinea suit;
If you crave a clear complexion, then use Palmoleum soap;
If you've got that sinking feeling, then Oxril's your last hope;
If it's chocolate you are after, then Frybury's is the star,
You'll find there's half a cup of milk in every twopenny bar:
If you want the best refresher, then K.B.. is not far wrong,
Though you might choose Johnnie Stalker, for he's still going strong;
If you value your existence, then to-day fill in that form,
And when wintry winds are blowing, Woolsease vests will keep you warm;
Be sure you're getting Yeager when you're buying your new socks;
And if you're ill, take Screecham's, they're worth a guinea a box.
If you like a little music, then try His Owner's Voice':
If you study economics, let Fullworths be your choice;
If you're seeking pure reception, put Dullard to the test.
But be sure that you remember that Empire goods are best."
AN ELECTRICAL WORKS.
During a recent holiday I was fortunate enough to be able to visit an electrical works. Machines of all types were being made-large and small dynamos, electric fans, and laboratory instruments. The first thing examined was, however, the raw material. This consisted of two things only, thin sheets of iron to form the laminations, and iron rods of varying diameter to form pole pieces for the dynamos. The metal came from the Baltic countries and Spain.
The next operation was casting the metal. The latter was melted in furnaces of peculiar construction. About six feet high by four feet wide, they were shaped just like large barrels. Into the bottom of them was injected a stream of paraffin and compressed air, the two combining to produce an enormously high temperature. When the metal, which was contained in a crucible at the centre of the furnace, was melted, it was poured out by tilting the whole furnace forward, and ran into a metal receiver, emitting as it did so a brilliant light. It was then poured into the moulds.
I next saw the rough castings being trued up, the coils, wound on formers, placed on the pole pieces, the joints welded, and the hundred and one operations necessary for the manufacture of dynamos. As we moved on more rapidly, the manufacture of smaller instruments, as ammeters, voltmeters and galvanometers, was seen. Remarkably enough, the fitting together of these instruments was done entirely by girls, on account of the smallness of their fingers, which made the manipulation of the tiny screws comparatively easy.
My friend and guide now brought me to the most interesting part of the whole work, where the electrical energy which ran the entire system was produced. Three large dynamos were driven by three huge four-cylinder oil engines. These oil engines must have been fifteen feet high, and each of the three had a flywheel weighing several tons. Round the top of the engines ran a narrow platform, upon which we mounted to examine the valves, controller and other features of interest. Looking down from one end of this platform one saw the huge flywheel spinning round at high speed just underneath. So perfect were the bearings that, despite its great weight, the flywheel ran perfectly true. I was wondering who was the giant who cranked up these goliaths, when my friend showed me a chamber containing compressed air, which, produced by the engines themselves, was used to start their motion.
Having now spent four most interesting, but tiring, hours, I was not sorry to leave the factory, which had most forcefully shown me the high efficiency of the methods of producing large quantities of manufactured articles.
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R. BORTHWICK (IIIb.i.).
CURIOSITIES OF STAMP COLLECTING.
To some collectors the stamp album is just a book in which their collection is kept, treasured if it contains a better collection than those of their rivals. To others it is, however, a miniature picture gallery, depicting many great men of past and present periods.
There are animals and birds without number, and a stamp "Zoo" could easily be made. Then there is the "stamp dockyard." How many vessels could be found in these miniature pictures? From the galleys of ancient Carthage, once mistress of the Mediterranean. to the modern steamer on the parcel post stamps of America, a wide range is offered. There are canoes, yachts, barques, and even a Viking galley on the stamps of Esthonia, and the queer gyassas on the Egyptian stamps. Perhaps the most interesting of all is the galley of the Knights of St. John, whose duty was to suppress the Turkish pirates off Malta. The ex-Kaiser's yacht Hohenzollern is found on the former German Colony stamps.
Not only fact, but fiction, has been illustrated on stamps. Spain once devoted a series to Don Quixote; he is seen riding at the windmills in the ten centimos stamp.
Henry VIII. is found giving Cabot money for his voyage, and that famous sailor is seen on old Newfoundland issues.
Stamps were first issued on the 1st May, 1840, by Great Britain.
Brazil issued them next. The first issues were penny black and twopenny blue.
Britain has not yet issued air stamps; she is about the last European country to issue them.
J. Y. STAPLETON (Form IIa.).
Through the pine forest trotted fifteen wolves. It was .early spring, and they were well contented, having just brought down a fine fat buck. A little ahead trotted the leader, a fine wolf, though growing old. Behind him came his rival, a young wolf in his second year, but big for his age. Suddenly the young wolf came slightly ahead of the leader. In an instant fangs were bared and the two circled round each other. Then, with a snarl, the young wolf leapt and caught the leader's throat. There was a flurry of snow, and the leader lay still. The pack fell upon his body. A little later they came to the end of the forest, the young wolf loping proudly ahead, the acknowledged leader of the pack.
H. T. HARMAN (Form la. i.).
JUNIOR SCHOOL PIANO FUND.
d £ s d
By Sale of Tickets .. .. 13 3 6 Hire of Band .. .. .. 2 5 0
Subscriptions .. .. 1 19 0 Paid Help .. .. .. .. 1 5 0
Printing .. .. .. .. 0 10 0
Milk, etc. .. .. .. .. 0 3 6
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Balance .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 2 5 0
Proceeds from Leap Year Dance .. .. .. .. .. 9 2 6
Total Balance £20 1 6
O. M. ROOKWOOD,
8th November, 1928. Hon. Secretary.