No. 74. DECEMBER, 1933. VOL. XXIII.
|Parents' Association||Gleams and Flashes|
|Old Pharosians||Ye Chronicle|
|House Notes||Camp, 1933|
|Sports Day, 1933||The Chatham Visit|
|School Football||Oxford Letter|
|Swimming Notes||The Snag|
|Sports Account||The Spirit of the Times|
|1st Cadet Coy. C.P. (F.) R.E.||Vacillation|
|Dramatic Society||The Spirit of Radio|
|Music Notes||Man Sagt|
|Library Notes||Monday Morning|
|Speech Day, 1933||Autumn|
|School Prefects, 1933-34||The Jester|
|Scholarship and Examination Successes||The Return of Spring|
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Spring Term, 1934.—The Spring Term will begin on Thurs day, 11th January, and end on Wednesday, 28th March. Holders of season tickets should see that their railway passes are made out to cover both these dates.
Again it is our duty and pleasure, as for many years past at this season, to offer the grateful thanks of the School to those who were responsible for the items of the Concert Programme at the Prize-Giving. The junior and Senior Dramatic Societies and the School Choir gave their services ungrudgingly, as they always do; and Miss Rookwood. Mr. Watt and Mr. Willis once more directed their efforts to a successful issue.
In Connection with the Prize-Giving. it may be noted that it was possible again to present the Form Prizes as a result of the generosity of the subscribers whose names appeared in our issue of last December, The response to the Head Master's appeal last year was so liberal that the money raised proved adequate, not only for its immediate purpose, but for this year's needs in addition. We must repeat our expression of gratitude for the help of many friends.
We were all sorry to hear of Mr. Tomlinson's illness, and congratulate him on his recovery. We thank Mr, King for coming to do temporary duty on the Staff during Mr. Tomlinson's absence.
To all our readers we wish a Happy Christmas and the best of good fortune for 1934.
The Annual General Meeting of our Association, with its large attendance once again proved how strong is the interest of parents in our aims and objects and in our efforts to maintain our usefulness to the School.
We regard the retirement of four members of the Executive Committee - Messrs. H. Abbott, S. Hannan, C. G. Newman and W. J. Pudney, We thank them for past services and interest.
The re-election of the Rev. A. T, Slater, our Chairman, gave much satisfaction to all parents.
We welcome as new members to the Executive Committee Mssrs. E. A. Cadman, F. Delahaye, A, T. Crowther (Deal) and P, W. Sneller, also Major G. R. Rowe, to whom the duties of Committee Member will not be new: parents will remember him as one of the Pioneers of our Association.
May we express the thanks of all parents to the Head Master and to Mrs. Whitehouse for once again being "At Home "to all parents on Wednesday, 18th October? This event is always one of the most pleasing functions in the life of the School and of our Association.
The Speech Day this year was in every way successful. On behalf of the Executive Committee may I thank those parents who, acting as stewards, superintended the seating arrangements for parents and friends?
Our chief social event was well supported, The proceeds of the Supper Dance helped to restore the credit balance of our Social Activities Fund.
We are greatly indebted to those ladies who, acting as hostesses, helped to make this a very successful feature of our programme.
Our thanks are also due to those ladies who, throughout the year, have worked so hard catering for the various School events.
We have to chronicle once again our defeat in Parents v Boys cricket matches, but we are still hopeful that one day victory will be ours.
During October last, members of the Executive and of the School Staff had the pleasure of meeting the, Deal and Walmer parents, It is hoped to make this feature a yearly event in our programme. We are arranging for another meeting at Deal, probably some time in March. From these meetings we trust an added interest may be given in all we do as an Association.
Once again we commend the aims and objects of our Association to all parents who have not yet joined. An increased membership will greatly help to enlarge our sphere of usefulness to the School and to our boys.
The Chairman and members of the Executive Committee extend to all parents, the Head Master, and members of the Staff sincere greetings and best wishes for the new year, and to the boys a Christmas greeting and best wishes for a happy new year.
I take this opportunity of thanking all for the help I have received during the past year and for the confidence placed in me by electing me as Hon. Secretary for another year.
Despite efforts that have been made to revive interest in the Association and its activities for this term, a regrettably small number attended the dance held at the Garden Hall on 21st October. Nevertheless, a pleasant evening was spent, and it is noteworthy that the majority of the sterner sex consisted of Old Boys. For once' there were more men present than ladies.
The Theatre Visit was, unhappily, cancelled owing to less than the requisite number signifying their ability to go. The Concert that it was hoped to hold at the School was likewise abandoned, as the non-success of the two former events gave us little or no courage to "try-out" another new venture. The date of the Concert was therefore taken over by the Football Club, who held a successful dance.
Thirty of the Old Boys and Staff gathered at the Annual Dinner on 18th November. The event took place at Messrs. Farley, Woodhams and Co.'s cafe in Bench Street. The catering. was most satisfactory, the musical programme was excellent, and here again only lack of numbers prevented the occasion from being more than usually successful.
The fixtures we have now to concentrate upon are the Annual Reunion on 26th December, the Smoking Concert to be held at the Crypt Cafe on 24th February, and our Dance on 3rd March. Will all Old Pharosians endeavour in due course to make these events as widely known as possible? It should not be difficult to obtain a good attendance on these occasions, as our membership, with two-thirds of the new financial year still to go, shows a satisfactory increase and indicates that the recruiting campaign has not been entirely unsuccessful. We hope, too, that the amalgamation of the games clubs with the parent Association will have good results.
Whilst the new ties and blazer badges are available and on sale by the Secretaries, no final decision has yet been arrived at in regard to the blazers themselves, but Ow)they will at all events be to hand in time for the spring.
Our own members and other friends of the School will congratulate our President, the Head Master, on the privilege accorded to him of being the guest of honour at the Old Harveians' Annual Dinner at the Queen’s Hotel, Folkestone. Here he met 120 Old Harveians and forged another link with a school that we all remember and regard with feelings of close friendship.
We also offer congratulations to the following on the successes and distinctions they have achieved: -
George E. Took has the honour to be the first Old Pharosian to be elected to the Dover Town Council.
C. A. Hart, B.Sc. (Eng.), etc., has been awarded the degree of M.Sc. (Eng.) by London University for a thesis on "Preliminary Investigations on Percolation through rapid Sand Filters."
W. J. F. Wellard, B.Sc., in a recent very keen competition, obtained a post as Assistant Mechanical and Electrical Engineer with the Works and Buildings Department of the Air Ministry and has taken up his duties at the H.Q. Inland Area (Southern) at West Drayton, Middlesex.
R A. Newing, B.Sc., has been appointed Assistant Lecturer in Applied Mathematics at Liverpool University.
Bernard Sewell, B.A., has returned from Burma and is now at Wesley House, Cambridge, preparing for the Ministry.
R. A. Crofts has passed the Inter. B.Com. examination and L. H. R Abbott the Intermediate LL.B. examination, both at London University.
Colin M. Donald has a post under the Agrostological Branch of the Board of Agriculture at Sydney, Australia.
Arthur R J. Laws to Miss Violet A. F. Bishopp at St. Martin's Church, Dover, on 7th August.
Norman F. Hadfield to Miss Doris E. Styles at St. Andrew's Church, Dover, on 12th August.
Vernon C. Sutton to Miss Dorothy M. Vaughan at St. Mary's Church, Dover, on 21st August.
Charles W. Pelham, M.A., to Miss Lilian M. Joy, B.Sc., at St. Peter's the Great, Chichester, on 22nd August.
Claude B. Wilson to Miss Sybil J. M. Pratt, at St. Mary's-le-Strand, London, on 2nd September.
Sidney J. Nowers to Miss Doris M. Young, at St. Mary's Church, Ashford, on 30th September.
Raymond A. Cook to Miss Dorothy Nichol at Bath Lane Congregational Church, Newcastle-on-Tyne, on 3rd October.
Albert E. Muttett to Miss Kathleen I. Palmer, at St. Martin's Church, Dover, on 3rd October.
Reginald J. Fox to Miss Joyce A. Beer at Salem Baptist Church, Dover, on 10th October.
Dudley Wade to Miss Olive A. Adams at Gravesend, on 2nd November.
Old Pharosians' Cricket Club.
The results of the 1933 season were very satisfactory: 14 games were played, of which seven were won, four drawn, two lost and one abandoned. The general standard of play was good, and the batting of M. White and J. M. Davis was the outstanding feature, both being unfortunate in not registering centuries on several occasions. The attack was consistent, and the "slows" of J. Paterson proved very effective and in seven games captured thirty-one wickets at an average cost of 7.55.
We shall be losing the services of several of our members, and I appeal to Old Pharosians, who are thinking about their cricket for next season, to consider the Club seriously when making their decision. An attractive and strong fixture list is being arranged with leading clubs in the district, and a very enjoyable season is anticipated.
Results from 15th July, 1933.
July 15 Old Pharosians 182 for 4 wkts., dec.
(. White 97*); H.L.I. 122 for 8 wkts.
" 29 Canterbury Excelsior 118 for 5 wkts., dec.; Old Pharosians. 75 for 5 wkts.
Aug. 5 Royal Sussex 88 (L. Packer 4 for 13); Old Pharosians 169 (M. White 66*).
" 12 Old Pharosians 153 for 5 wkts., dec. (J. M. Davis 50); 1st Bn. Seaforth Highlanders 72 (J. Paterson 7 for 31).
" 26 Old Pharosians 142 for 6 wkts., dec. (J. M. Davis 81, M. White 44); Queen's Bays 80 (J. Paterson 9 for 29).
Sept. 2 Folkestone United Banks 100 (M. White 5 for 26, J. Paterson 5 for 39); Old Pharosians 113 for 6 wkts.
" 9 Old Pharosians 210 for 2 wkts., dec. (J. M. Davis 82*, J. Paterson 55); Army School of Education 76 for 9 wkts.
* signifies not out.
A. C. L. BROWNE, Hon. Sec.
Old Pharosians' Football Club.
Up to the time of going to press the Club has had a full programme.
The 1st XI. have been very successful, as this record shows: -
Played Won. Lost. Drawn.
.. .. 7 4
Cup. .. .. 2 2 - -
Friendly. .. .. 1 1 - -
By beating Buckland Mill, the league leaders, in the second round of the Charity Cup, the team reaches the semi-final. This is the Mill's only defeat this season.
The 2nd XI. is putting up a good show each week. Although unable to win yet, they eagerly turn out each week for another game. S. T. Claw is ably managing this section of the Club.
R. RUSSELL, Hon. Sec.
HOUSE MASTER: MR. W. H. DARBY.
Our creditable performance at the Swimming Sports indicates that the House has many excellent swimmers at present under 14. The number of swimmers who will next year represent us in the open events is, however, dangerously small. Those between 15 and 16 should note and make efforts to alter this.
In football the 1st XI. has done but moderately well, winning two matches and losing three. This is probably due to the changes necessitated by various absences. The team has lacked combination, and bad shooting has often rendered useless such attacks as have been successful in breaking through. Lack of weight in the forward line has been an adverse factor. The defence has been good. The 2nd XI. has fared better, and has won four matches, losing one. The team has held together, though the forwards have tended to keep the ball too long instead of swinging it about. The defence, especially, perhaps, the half-back line, has played well.
In the first round of the East Cup Competition we played Country. A really good and fast game resulted in our losing, by a goal in the last few minutes, 5-4.
To those members of the House who are leaving School this term we offer our thanks for their services in the past, and wish them success for the future.
The following boys have this term entered the House: - R. Collard, R. Dryland, R. H. Jenkins, L. C. Lawrence, H. Morris, F. C. Ott, W. J. Pelham, G. E. Pleasance, C. R. Reynolds, D. Suter, R. J. Sutton, G. J. Took, R. G. Thompson, P. J. Weller.
We welcome them, and ask them to assist the House in its activities.
HOUSE MASTER: MR. W. W. BAXTER.
In the Athletic Sports, at the end of last term, we succeeded in leaving bottom place after a lengthy stay. This improvement was almost entirely due to certain younger members of the House and to G. Maxted, who is to be particularly congratulated on winning the Junior Championship.
In football this term we have carried all before us, each XI. having won all the five matches played by a convincing margin, except the 1st XI. game against Maxton, when, owing to a depleted team, we had hard work to win; Willams revealed exceptional House spirit by coming on the field fully dressed and injured to complete the team. I do not think the 1st XI. has ever been stronger, for it includes the captain, vice-captain and five other members of the School 1st XI. and four members of the School 2nd XI. Wilkinson, at centre-forward, has been the outstanding man in all games; he scored eight goa1s against Buckland - a brilliant piece of work. The 2nd XI., under Arnold, has played with keenness and success; a light, but clever, forward line has been ably supported by a strong defence. The East Cup team won an exciting game against Buckland in the semi-final, and we look to them to carry off the Cup.
In swimming we remained at the bottom. This was due, not to lack of House spirit, but to a sheer absence of opportunity for quite sixty per cent. of the House to learn to swim, as they live in country districts, far from sea or baths. We suffer from the fact that swimming is rated on a level with other sports for the championship, and hope that in the near future something will be done to enable us to compete on more level terms.
We welcome the following newcomers to the School and the House: - R P. Bean, S. D. Bradley, K. Burton, P. Field, R C. S. Grove, P. Hill, R A. Howard, R Humphrey, E. R Norris, M. M. Orchard, G. E. Parrett, S. W. Price, D. I. Roberts, W. Snow, R S. Trigg, F. E. Webb, R D. West, H. J. Williams, K. Winn, K. A. Wise, P. G. Otten, F. J. Otten, R A. S. Philip, C. Taylor.
HOUSE MASTER - MR. J. TOMLINSON.
The prospects at the beginning of the term were particularly bright, and have been fairly well maintained to date. At the Swimming Sports we retained our position of third, our total of 44 points being an improvement of 6 points over last year, although the House shows lamentable weakness in the junior sections. As our numbers are so small, may I urge every boy to make every endeavour to learn to swim, and swim well.
In football we have also had fair success. The first XI., held together by a nucleus of school players, has so far lost only two matches, those against Country. Combination has been quite good, with Oliver as the mainstay of the team, but shooting has had more force than direction. We have also been handicapped in the later matches by the injuries to P. E. Coles and Blackman. The comparative failure of the 2nd XI. is clue to deficiency in size and lack of combination. Our East Cup team made up in enthusiasm for their lack of weight, and must not be discouraged at their rather near defeat as most of them will be able to fight again next year.
Lack of numbers is, as usual, the main weakness of the House, but this is in Somme measure compensated by the general keenness of all members, especially the younger ones. Let us all strive hard for the House Shield, to show that the smallest House is not necessarily the weakest.
We welcome the following new members: - V. J. Alcock, G. R. Andrews, N. F. Axford, R. D. Crust, B. C. Dale, G. E. Gowers, H. W. Kean, L. A. Lawrence, C. E. Moss, R. Pearse, J. E. Wilson.
HOUSE MASTER - MR. J. SLATER.
It is a pleasure to be able to record the victory of the House at the Swimming Sports on 5th October. Let us hope that it is the beginning of such another run of successes as Town has had in the past. We can afford to be optimistic on this point, for the House has many promising swimmers whose turn will come. A great part of our success was due to the keenness and the efforts of all partakers in the Sports, and not to individual brilliance. In particular, great team spirit was shown in the Relay events, and our early morning practices at the Baths were amply rewarded in our two firsts and a second in the three team races.
We must congratulate J. Kirton on his outstanding successes in the long distance races, in particular on his record time for twelve lengths.
Approximately fifty per cent. of the House are at present able to swim at least one length. I urge all non-swimmers to do their utmost to learn to swim early next season so that this figure may be improved for the benefit of the House and the School.
Our football activities do not inspire such pleasant recollections. Suffice it to say that up to date neither our 1st nor 2nd XI. have won a match. This, in the 1st XI., is due simply to lack of talent in the older members of the House, but I must congratulate the team on the sporting way it has played and on the hard fights it has put up.
The 2nd XI. undoubtedly shows talent which is unfortunately masked by the extreme youthfulness of the greater part of the team. Most of them, being under fourteen years, represented the House against Maxton in the first round of the East Cup. Their excellent play resulted in a victory and showed that Town House will probably have a first-class 1st XI. in the future.
We are glad to say that the Final of the East Cup, played just as the Magazine goes to press, gave us the victory.
We welcome the following new boys to the House: - J. Plant, C. Phillips, R S. Mears, B. J. Carpenter, K. D. Drury, R F. Jolley, P. C. Jones, P. K. Long, J. E. Martin, R H. F. West.
HOUSE CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE, 1932-33.
Football Cricket Swimming Athletics Total
.. 39.58 14.58 35.72 28.81
Maxton. .. 22.92 27.08 21.51 37.46 108.97
Country. .. 31.25 37.50 6.46 18.97 94.18
Town .. 6.25 20.83 36.29 14.76 78.13
SPORTS DAY, 1933.
The School was once again favoured with fine weather on 22nd July for its Annual Sports Day, which brought crowds of spectators to the Astor Avenue Grounds. C. R Archibald gained the title of Victor Ludorum, and the Junior Championship Cup was won by G. Maxted. Throwing the Cricket Ball was won by E. C. Pelham, who broke the previous record of 102 yards, established by G. H. Coulter in 1931, by 4 yards. This was the only record broken. The final points won by each House towards the House Challenge Shield were: - Maxton 157, Buckland 121, Country 75, Town 67.
During the afternoon, selections were played by the Band of the Duke of York's R.M. School.
At the conclusion the awards were presented by the Mayoress, Mrs. Morecroft.
(Open). - 1, E. C. Pelham; 2, R. F. Slator; 3, P. E. Coles. Distance, 106 yds.
T.G.B. (Under 14). - 1, H. F. Moseling; 2, T. E. Jones; 3, A M. Smith. Distance, 68 yds.
Long Jump (Under 14). - 1, D. J. Suter; 2, T. E. Jones; 3, A. H. Treadwell. Distance, 14 ft. 2 ins.
Long Jump (14-15). - 1, S. Gale; 2, N. Archer; 3, A. E. Cadman. Distance, 15 ft. 10 ins.
Long Jump (15-16). - 1, A. H. Tyrell; 2, F. Gale; 3, W. L. Goldfinch. Distance, 16 ft. 6 ins.
Long Jump (Open). - 1, R. F. Cadman; 2, A. J. Slater; 3, C. R. Archibald. Distance, 17 ft.
880 Yards (15-16). - 1, F. Gale; 2, E. C. Pelham; 3, J. Wilkinson. Time, 2 mins. 20 3/5 secs.
880 Yards (Open). - 1, P. C. R. Pearce; 2, C. R. Archibald; 3, N. W. Jenkins. Time, 2 mins. 16 4/5 secs.
120 Yards Hurdles (Open). - 1, F. G. West-Oram; 2, A. J. Slater; 3, R. G. Borthwick. Time, 19 secs.
100 Yards Handicap (Junior School). - 1, K. Bayliss; 2, D. F. Eaton; 3, J. W. Menter. Time, 13 1/5 secs.
100 Yards (12-13). - 1, K. Bayliss; 2, P. W. Hayden; 3. H. Morton. Time, 13 secs.
100 Yards (Under 14). - 1, G. Maxtcd; 2, D. J. Suter; 3, F. J. Johnson. Time, 12 2/5 secs.
100 Yards (14-15). - 1, S. Gale; 2, A. E. Cadman; 3, N. Archer. Time, 11 4/5 secs.
100 Yards (15-16). - 1, W. L. Goldfinch; 2, F. Gale; 3, A. H. Tyrell. Time, 11 4/5 secs.
100 Yards (Open). - 1, C. R. Archibald; 2, F. Oliver; 3, E. C. Sharp. Time, 11 secs.
220 Yards Handicap (Junior School). - 1, B. A. Howard; 2, K. Bayliss; 3, R. Stewart. Time, 31 3/5 secs.
220 Yards (12-13). - 1, E. F. Bowley; 2, E. Rotherham; 3, H. Morton. Time, 32 1/5 secs.
220 Yards (Under 14). - 1, G. Maxted; 2, F. J. Johnson; 3, E. Ambrose. Time, 30 1/5 secs.
220 Yards (14-15). - 1, S. Gale; 2, A. E. Cadman; 3, N. Archer. Time, 26 3/5 secs.
220 Yards (15-16). - 1, F. Gale; 2, W. L. Goldfinch; 3, E. W. Southey. Time, 26 3/5 secs.
220 Yards (Open). - 1, C. R. Archibald; 2, E. C. Sharp; 3, W. Blackman. Time, 25 1/5 secs.
High Jump (Under 14). - 1, D. J. Suter; 2, A. W. Woods, J. Kiers, A. H. Treadwell. Height, 4 ft. 1¾- ins.
High Jump (14-15). - 1, C. W. Teasdale; 2, C. W. Arnold; 3, S. C. Fittall. Height, 4 ft. 5½ ins.
High Jump (15-16). - 1, E. C. Pelham; 2, H. G. de Carteret; 3, A. H. Tyrell. Height, 4 ft. 9_ ins.
High jump (Open). - 1, R. F. Cadman and S. M. West; 3, R. F. Slator, F. G. West-Oram and W. Blackman. Height, 5 ft. 1½ ins.
Sack Race. - 1, A. C. Paddock; 2, J. Wesley; 3, G. J. Paddock.
House Relay (Under 14). - 1, Buckland; 2, Town. Time, 1 min. 37 4/5 secs.
House Relay (14-15). - 1, Maxton; 2, Buckland. Time, 1 min. 28 2/5 secs.
House Relay (15-16). - 1, Maxton; 2, Buckland. Time, 1 min. 26 secs.
House Relay (Open). - 1, Maxton; 2, Buckland. Time, 1 min. 21 1/5 secs.
440 Yards (15-16). - 1, F. Gale; 2, W. L. Goldfinch; 3, E. C. Pelham. Time, 1 min. 5 3/5 secs.
440 Yards (Open). - 1, A. J. Slater; 2, W. Blackman; 3, C. R. Archibald. Time, 1 min.
440 Yards (Under 14). - 1, G. Maxted ; 2, F. J. Johnson; 3, A. W. Woods. Time, 1 min. 9 2/5 secs.
440 Yards (14-15). - 1, S. Gale; 2, C. W. Arnold; 3, N. Archer. Time, 1 min. 2 1/5 secs.
Potato Race. - 1, l_. J. Harman; 2, J. Wesley; 3, B. A. Howard. Time, 1 min. 35 3/5 secs.
Mile. - l, P. C. R. Pearce; 2, N. W. Jenkins; 3, R. Crowther. Time, 5 mins. 24 4/5 secs.
We started the term with high hopes of a most successful season, as we had several members of the previous year's team still at School. These hopes seemed likely to be amply realised in the match against the Old Boys, but changes due to injuries and other causes proved a great set-back to the team. Owing to these we have never yet fielded our strongest 1st XI.
What are we to say of the 1st XI? If we look merely at the figures of the match results we must conclude that the season has been a disastrous one. But this would be utterly to misjudge the case. The team is certainly below the average, but not to the extent the scores would suggest. The weakness of the team lies in two points - the lack of thrust in the forwards and the failure of the defence to co-operate with the attack. On several occasions we have held our own fairly well in mid-field play and yet lost heavily on the score. The members of the team have worked happily together and deserve praise for the way in which they have refused to allow themselves to be crushed by the score, playing a determined game on every occasion until the final "whistle. In the middle of the season a re-arrangement of the team brought much better results, and four out of the last six matches have been lost by one goal only. But every member must learn one lesson to be just that fraction quicker on the ball which spells success.
Although the two matches with Margate College, formerly almost a criterion of School soccer, resulted in victories for the School, they have not been our best performances. The match with the Old Boys, in which the School forced a draw for the first time in many years, was notable for clever and dashing football, and rarely has the School team played a better game. In the return match with the Dukies the School were up against a much heavier team, but a hard game ensued. The first half was very even, half-time finding the scores level; but on resuming play the Dukies kept the defence very busy, and although the forwards tried hard, the School lost by the narrow margin of one goal. The home game with Ashford Grammar School ran on similar lines, and although there were times when the School held the upper hand, the forwards seemed unable to find the net. In the defence, Unstead, Williams and Oliver have played well, the latter deserving a word of praise for the way in which he has adapted himself to the difficult position of centre-half. Wilkinson has ably led the attack, arousing in every match, and especially at Margate College where he scored six goals, the admiration of the spectators.
The 2nd XI. has met with considerable success, and has some promising members. They have won every game and have finished the season with the fine average of seven goals a match. This is mainly due to the work of the forwards and a general co-operation throughout the team. Prominent in the attack is Magub, who has been a consistent goal scorer. The defence has worked hard, notably Goldfinch and Bowers.
The Under 15 XI. has developed into a strong team with a sound defence and keen forwards. Willcox has proved a good centre-half; and Buckle, with more experience, should develop into a sound left-wing.
The Under 14 XI., playing more matches than in previous years, has had little success. Members of this XI. must remember that they are units of a team, and that they must keep in their places.
Football activities in the Junior School are not very extensive, but the two matches against Harvey Grammar School show that the players are very keen and will one day help to bring more success to the 1st XI.
It is a pity that the rest of the School does not more consistently support the teams. To a non-player it is difficult to express how great a difference a few cheers from supporters makes to the men on the field.
In closing, the School football teams would like to thank those members of the Staff who have helped forward our activities; and to thank also the Kitchen and Ground Staff who have helped us to entertain our visitors.
The following are congratulated on being awarded their colours: -
School Colours, July, 1933: - R. J. Unstead and R. F. Slator.
School Colours, December, 1933: - A. Andrews, A. A. F. Williams, J. Wilkinson and R. F. Cadman.
RESULTS OF MATCHES.
16 At Astor Avenue - D.C.S. 3; Old Boys 3.
" 30 At Astor Avenue - D.C.S. 1; Harvey Grammar School 6.
Oct. 7 At Astor Avenue - D.C.S. 1; D.Y.R.M.S. 4.
" 11 At Astor Avenue - D.C.S. 7; Margate College 1.
" 18 At Canterbury - D.C.S. 3; Simon Langton School 6.
" 25 At Astor Avenue - D.C.S. 2; Ashford Grammar School 3.
" 28 At Guston - D.C.S. 4; D.Y.R.M.S. 5.
Nov. 1 At Folkestone - D.C.S. 3; Harvey Grammar School 7.
" 8 At Margate - D.C.S. 9; Margate College 2.
" 22 At Astor Avenue - D.C.S. 3; Simon Langton School 4.
" 29 At Ashford - D.C.S. 4; Ashford Grammar School 5.
Dec. 9 At Astor Avenue-School 5; Cadets 0.
30 At Folkestone - D.C.S. 1: Harvey Grammar School 0.
Oct. 7 At Guston - D.C.S. 5: D. Y.R.M.S. 0.
" 11 At Margate - D.C.S. 10; Margate College 2.
" 18 At Astor Avenue - D.C.S. 12; Simon Langton School 0.
" 28 At Astor Avenue - D.C.S. 6; D.Y.R.M.S. 1.
Nov. I At Astor Avenue - D.C.S. 6; Harvey Grammar School 0.
" 8 At Astor Avenue - D.C.S. 9; Margate College 2.
" 22 At Canterbury - D.C.S. 6; Simon Langton School 1.
Under 15 Xl.
11 At Astor Avenue - D.C.S. 9; Margate College 0.
" 25 At Ashford - D.C.S. 2; Ashford Grammar School 6.
Nov. 8 At Margate - D.C.S. 4: Margate College 2.
" 29 At Astor Avenue - D.C.S. 2; Ashford Grammar School 2.
UNDER 14 XI.
At Astor Avenue - D.C.S. 0; D.Y.R.M.S. 9.
" 18 At Canterbury - D.C.S. 2; Simon Langton School 9.
" 28 At Guston - D.C.S, 2; D.Y.R.M.S. 6.
Nov. 22 At Astor Avenue - D.C.S. 2; Simon Langton School 5.
JUNIOR SCHOOL XI.
30 At Astor Avenue - D.C.S. 3; Harvey Grammar School 5.
Nov. 1 At Folkestone - D.C.S. 2; Harvey Grammar School 1.
1st XI. Games.
27 Maxton 13. Town 0; Country 11, Buckland 0.
Oct. 14 Country 11. Town 0; Maxton 4, Buckland 1.
Nov. 4 Buckland 8, Town 0; Country 4, Maxton 2.
" 11 Country 5, Town 0; Maxton 4, Buckland 1.
Dec. 6 Country 2, Maxton 1; Buckland 5. Town 0.
" 13 Country 5, Buckland 0; Maxton 12, Town 0.
2nd XI. Games.
27 Maxton 5. Town 4; Country 5, Buckland 2.
Oct. 14 Buckland 5. Maxton 2; Country 13, Town 0.
Nov. 4 Country 8. Maxton 0; Buckland 7. Town 0.
" 11 Buckland 4, Maxton 0; Country 6. Town 3.
Dec. 6 Country 7. Maxton 1; Buckland 4. Town 2.
" 13 Country 3. Buckland 1; Maxton 4. Town 0.
EAST CUP COMPETITION.
Oct. 21 Country 5, Buckland 4; Town 6, Maxton 2.
Dec. 9 Town 6, Country 3.
The usual Large and enthusiastic gathering was present at the Swimming Sports on Thursday, 5th October. Good swimming was witnessed in a keen competition.
The Open Events were chiefly notable for the exceedingly good diving of Dewar, who was, however, closely seconded by Borthwick. Kirton made quite sure of the twelve lengths race, winning in record time by almost two lengths. The plunge this year was uneventful. In the 14-16 class, F. Gale and Heller swam well, and there was a particularly good finish between these two in the Relay. Gale also put up a very good time in the six lengths race.
Suter and Dunn were prominent in the Under 14 Events. The former won the two lengths in 30 3/5 secs., a really good performance; whilst the latter won the four lengths, Smith following closely, by a remarkable sprint finish. In the Relay, Buckland came home first by a good lead over Town. The Novices' Race this year' deserves mention in that it was won by a member of a House famous for. shall we say, its preference for football over swimming.
The Open Championship for the year is held jointly by Dewar and Borthwick. The Twelve Lengths Cup goes to Kirton, the 14-16 to F. Gale. and the Under 14 to Suter.
The Mayoress, Mrs. Morecroft, graciously presented the cups, and Councillor Brisley proposed a vote of thanks to the Mayor and Mayoress for their kindness and interest in coming to present the awards.
Further swimming activities this term have been the R.L.S.S. examinations for the Bronze Medallion and Intermediate Certificate, the Award of Merit and the Honorary Instructor's Certificate. the results of which are mentioned below.
The thanks of the School arc due to E. C. Sharp, who has presented a cup to be awarded annually to the Junior Swimming Champion. The inaugural presentation was made on Speech Day to D. C. Thompson, last year's champion.
The results of the races were as under: -
Two Lengths (Under 14). - 1, D. J. Suter; 2, A. M. Smith; 3. D. C. Thompson. Time, 30 3/5 secs.
Two Lengths (14-16). - l, D. M. Heller; 2, F. Gale; 3, C. I. M. Watson. Time, 29 3/5 secs.
Two Lengths (Open). - l, G. S. Taylor; 2, L. E. Dargan; 3, A. D. Dewar. Time, 28 4/5 secs.
Four Lengths (Under 14). - 1, F. M. Dunn; 2, A. M. Smith; 3, D. J. Suter. Time, 1 min. 12 1/5 secs.
Four Lengths (14-16). - 1, F. Gale; 2, J. Constable; 3, C. I. M. Watson. Time, 1 min. l4 l/5 secs.
Six Lengths (Open). - 1, J. H. Kirton; 2, L. E. Dargan; 3, G. D. Magub. Time, 1 min. 50 4/5 secs.
Two Lengths (Junior School). - 1, B. A. Bilby; 2, B. J. Carpenter; 3, R. Grove. Time, 34 4/5 secs.
Diving Competition. - 1, A. D. Dewar; 2, R. G. Borthwick; 3, G. S. Allen.
Two Lengths Back Swimming (14-16). - 1, D. M. Heller; 2, K. R. Hart; 3, J. Constable. Time, 41 secs.
Life-Saving Race (Open). - 1, G. S. Allen; 2, R. G. Borthwick; 3, E. J. Ewell. Time, 45 4/5 secs.
House Relay (14-16). - 1, Town (J. R. Batt, R. J. Harvie, D. M. Heller, C. I. M. Watson); 2, Maxton (J. Constable, F. Gale, S. Gale, W. E. R. Moore). Time, 2 mins. 17 2/5 secs.
Plunging Competition (Open). - 1, R. G. Borthwick; 2, G. S. Taylor; 3, 1. P. Watt. Distance, 36 ft.
House Relay (Under 14). - 1, Buckland (B. A. Bilby, A. M. Smith, D. J. Suter, D. C. Thompson); 2, Town (F. M. Dunn, W. R. Haydon, A. Pearce, E. W. Silby). Time, 57 1/5 secs.
House Relay (Open). - 1, Town (L. E. Dargan, A. D. Dewar, W. F. Dunn, J. H. Kirton); 2, Maxton (W. G. Blackman, L. Kemp, G. D. Magub, G. S. Taylor). Time, 2 mins. 3 secs.
Six Lengths (14-16). - 1, F. Gale; 2, K. R. Hart; 3, C. I. M. Watson. Time, 1 min. 58 secs.
One Length Novices. - 1, K. A. Wise; 2, E. A. Wilde; 3, D. Suter. Time, 17 4/5 secs.
Twelve Lengths (Open). - 1, J. H. Kirton; 2, A. D. Dewar; 3, G. D. Magub.
Time, 4 mins. 19 3/5 secs.
House Points. - Town, 88; Buckland, 64; Maxton, 44; Country, 8.
The following were successful in the RL.S.S. examinations:
Award of Merit. - R. W. Crowther, E. J. Ewell, J. H. Kirton, P. C. R. Pearce, A. J. T. Slater, I. P. Watt.
Instructor's Certificate. - E. J. Ewell, S. M. West.
Bronze Medallion. - F. K. G. Balsdon, G. C. Hamilton, E. A. J. Mercer, N. P. Shewring,
A. M. Smith, D. C. Thompson, I. P. Watt, D. E. M. West.
Intermediate Certificate. - F. K. G. Balsdon, W. R. Haydon, G. C. Hamilton, A. B. Hurrell, E. A. J. Mercer, N. P. Shewring, I. P. Watt.
On 6th December, 1933.
£ s d £ s d
July 10 Balance at bank .. .. 32 1 1 July 11 - Laundry .. .. 0 1 6
" 10 - Cash in hand .. .. 0 8 2 " 15 - Grigg .. .. .. 2 0 0
“ 22 - Sale of tea tickets .. 6 4 0 " 15 - Hire of Baths .. 1 1 0
“ 22 - Sale of programmes .3 4 9 “ 25 - Postage for year .. 0 4 6
Aug. 2 - Subscriptions .. .. 5 15 0 Sept. 29 - Dovorian Coaches .. 0 7 6
Sept. 30 - Subscriptions .. .. 29 17 6 “ 30 - Laundry .. .. 0 7 6
Nov. 17 - Subscriptions .. .. 16 2 6 Oct. 5 - Tips to Baths Attdts. 0 7 6
“ 22 - P.E. Coles for repairs 3 0 1 “ 11 - Dovoriau Coaches .. 3 7 6
“ 12 - Grigg .. .. .. 37 18 0
" 20 - Hire of Baths .. 1 1 0
Teas to Visiting Teams and
for Sports Day .. 19 15 6
Fares by rail .. .. .. 11 15 4
Dec. 6 - Balance at bank .. 3 13 5
" 6 - Cash in hand .. .. 11 15 9
£93 16 0 £93 16 0
Audited and found correct,
W. H. DARBY W. WILTON BAXTER,
8 December, 1933 Hon Treasurer
1st CADET COMPANY C.P. (F.) R.E.
Once more our notes are headed with the familiar super-scription to everyone's satisfaction, as our recognition by the War Office is now official. Company parades this term have been few owing to the short evenings, but the attendance at those few shows that there is no lack of enthusiasm. Once more we have received the glad tidings that we are the winners of the Lucas Tooth Competition for which we competed at Camp. This is the seventh - and sixth consecutive - time the Shield has come our way, and we hope that it has chosen Dover for its permanent resting place. There will be the usual Church Parade next term for the presentation of medals and bars.
Armistice Day celebrations followed the usual pattern, which is rapidly becoming traditional. Last Post and Reveille were blown in fine style by four chosen buglers. Once again we availed ourselves of the hospitality of our parent unit when a party visited the searchlights on the Admiralty Pier and at Archcliffe, in October, and spent a very interesting and instructive evening there. The great event of the term, of course, was our visit to Chatham, but this is recorded elsewhere. The first part of the term saw candidates for Certificate "A" busy on the top playground-with good effect. The following are to be congratulated on passing the practical part of the examination: - Cpls. Slator, Arnold and Robson; Lce.-Cpls. Le Prevost and Wilde.
We are awaiting the results of Part II. (Theoretical) with confidence. The success of our candidates is due in no small measure to two very instructive lectures by Capt. Lowe, RE., and to the numerous evening parades arranged by Sjt.-Major McWalter, of the Buffs. Thanks are also due to Capt. Salmon for another gift of uniform.
It was unfortunate that our Field Day on 25th November was cancelled owing to bad weather. Some say that the surest way to make it rain is to ask the O.C. to arrange a Field Day.
The following were promoted at the end of camp: -
Sjt. Allen to C.Q.M.S.
Cpls. Dewar, Magub and Ewell to Sjts.
Lce.-Cpls. Slator, Arnold and Jenkins to Cpls.
Cdts. Dargan, Wilde, Clancy and Prue to Lce.-Cpls.
We also congratulate our old friend, Mr. E. P. Connor, on his commission as 2nd-Lieutenant in the Corps.
£ s d £ s d
Balance from Camp a/c 30 3 5½ Deficit bt. Forward .. .. 7 2 1½
Cert. "A" Expenses .. .. 1 5 0
Smith and Wraight .. .. 0 10 9
N.A.A.F.I. .. .. .. 5 9 6
Expenses at Chatham .. .. 1 1 8
Postage .. .. .. .. 0 2 6
Balance in hand .. .. .. 14 11 11
£30 3 51 £30 3 51
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£30 3 5½ £30 3 5½
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Audited and found correct, W. E PEARCE,
J. SLATER Hon Treasurer
6th December, 1933.
The Autumn Term is always the busiest for the Dramatic Society, and this term has been no exception. The (one-act play by Lord Dunsany, "If Shakespeare Lived To-day," was presented at the Prize-Giving, while the February play, Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," is in active preparation. The special needs of the latter have given the stage carpenters a great deal of work, resulting in the construction, among other things, of an inner stage. Judging from appearances at present, the first attempt at rendering Shakespeare should be very successful and give a performance as striking as the production of "The Admirable Crichton."
The Junior boys gave a dramatised scene from Longfellow's "Hiawatha" on Speech Day, and our grateful thanks are due to the mothers of the boys concerned for making such striking and realistic costumes.
A three-act play from the Arabian Nights is in rehearsal for presentation, it is hoped, at the School Concert to be held in March.
This term the School Orchestra have been preparing, at weekly practices, for a concert next March. Selections from Gounod's "Faust" will form the main part of the musical programme, and in some of these the Choir will participate. In October the services of the Orchestra were in demand at the "At Home." That it was able, at short notice, to give quite a creditable performance to the parents at tea is an indication of its continued efficiency. Preparations are now well in hand for the music required at the performance of "Twelfth Night" in February. All members are requested to attend practices as regularly as possible next term, as there is much to. be done in a short time. The Junior Orchestra, under the direction of Mr. Coulson, have been practising steadily during the term and will probably perform at the Concert. In both Orchestras more violins are needed, especially as we are losing Mumford, one of our first violins; will all boys who can play, however little, hurry up and join one or other of the Orchestras?
The Conductor of the School Choir is every year met with the difficulty of forming a new Choir, and he was very pleased with the result this year; especially was the balance of parts good-the alto and tenor in the vocalisation of "Dreaming" were delightful. The Head Master was much interested in the rendering of the words of the “Old Vindictive" by the senior boys, and he assisted in making the song a great success. The other part songs, the ever-popular "Down among the Dead Men" and the robust "Vikings' Song," fully maintained the reputation of the School Choir. The Conductor wishes to thank all boys who so readily give up their time to singing practice, perhaps sometimes with an envious thought of their comrades hurrying home at 4.30; he knows and appreciates their willingness.
The Music Society has to thank Miss O. M. Rookwood for the gift of four volumes of excerpts from the well-known Gilbert and Sullivan operas. Boys will enjoy hearing this typical English music. The Society also is grateful to B. F. Hartley for the gift of 10s. 6d. to buy records for the School gramophone, soon to be replaced by a radio-gram., which will give a much better rendering of the music in our Gramophone Library.
It is very gratifying to be able to present such a long list of Donation Copies, for all of which we are extremely grateful. In particular we are much indebted to Major Rowe, an old friend of the School, whose practical interest has again added considerably to our stock of useful and acceptable books. Readers of this note will perhaps be surprised to learn that we are not far short of the three thousand mark, which we hope to reach before long,
ALDERMAN SELLENS. - "Progress in Nawanagar
State" (Valette); "Cuba" (Musgrave).
H. G, DE CARTERET. - "Aerial Navigation of To-day" (Turner).
AN ANONYMOUS DONOR. - Kuttall's Standard Dictionary of the English Language. "
H. BLACKFORD. - "Rudyard Kipling's Verse, 1885-1926."
E. H. JOSEY. - "Dover Charters and Other Documents" (Statham).
G. C. GREGORY. – “Les Paysans" (Balzac).
2ND-LIEUT. A. W. SALMON. - " Engineering Science" (Ward); "Descriptive Economics" (Lehfeldt); Primer of Book-keeping" (Hynes); Expansion of the British Empire, 1500-1923" ("Woodward); "British Sporting Birds" (Kirkman and Hutchinson).
C. TEASDALE. - "Goldsmith's Poetical Works"; "Longfellow's Poetical Works."
E, S. NORR1S. - "Money" (Robertson); "Principles of Public Finance" (Dalton).
R. H, ARNOLD. - A set of Scott's Waverley Novels, as follows:- "Guy Mannering"; "Rob Roy"; "Old Mortality"; "The Antiquary"; " A Legend of Montrose": "The Black Dwarf" ; "The Heart of Midlothian"; "Ivanhoe"; "Kenilworth"; "The Pirate"; "Peveril of the Peak"; "St. Ronan's Well"; "Redgauntlet" ; "The Talisman"; "Woodstock"; "Count Robert of Paris"; "The Surgeon's Daughter"; "The Bride of Lammermoor."
MAJOR ROWE. - "An Outline of English Literature" (Hammerton).
S. R. SOUTHIN. - "The Romance of Electricity" (Randell); "The Book of Remarkable Machinery" (Hawks).
Copies purchased by the School.
"The Unveiling of Lhasa" (Candler); "Peel" (Thursfield); "The Epic of Mount Everest" (Younghusband); "The Cambridge History of English Literature," Vol. X.; "The Second Empire" (Guedalla); "Great "Men of Science" (Lenard); "Handbook for Literary and Debating Societies" (Gibson); “Malvern Festival Plays, 1933"; “Money " (Cannan); "Stokes' Cyclopaedia of Familiar Quotations"; “The Statesman's Year Book, 1932" (Epstein); "La Chartreuse de Parme" (Stendhal); "Le Rouge et Le Noir" (Stendhal); "Oeuvres Choisies" (Ronsard); "Spectroscopy" (Baley); "Engines" (Andrade); "Le Livre de mon Ami" (France); "Selections from Marcel Proust "; "Les Silences du Colonel Bramble" (Maurois); "Maria Chapdelaine" (Hémon); "Introduction to Physical Chemistry" (Findlay).
VI. Form Library –
E. S. NORRIS. - "The Way of an Eagle" (Dell); "The Valley of Fear" (Doy1e); "Chaps and Chukkers" (Ames).
MAJOR ROWE. - The remainder of the set of Dickens, as follows:- "Our Mutual Friend
"Dombey and Son"; "Miscellaneous Papers" and "Edwin Drood";
"American Notes" and" Life of Dickens."
A set of H. G. Wells, as follows:- "Joan and Peter"; "Marriage"; “The World of William Clissold," Vols. 1. and II.; "Tono Bungay ";
“Mr. Britling Sees it Through"; "Christina Alberta's Father";
“The Soul of a Bishop" and "Three Short Stories."
F. L W. EADE. - "Sergeant Michae1 Cassidy, RE" ("Sapper").
F. WHITEHOUSE, - "The Beautiful White Devil" (Boothby).
E. J. EWELL. - "John Dighton: Mystery Millionaire" (Pemberton);
“The House of the Arrow" (Mason); "Sporting and Dramatic Yarns" (Sellar); “F1ag in the Wind" (Stanford).
W R. HAYDON. - "The History of the Worcester" (Stafford).
W. T. W. KESBY. - "The Paddington Mystery" (Rhode).
To General Fiction Library –
R. BECKLEY. - "A Voyage Round the World" (Kingston).
F. L. W. EADE. - "The Missing Ship" (Kingston); "The Three Midshipmen” (Kingston); "The Three Lieutenants" (Kingston).
F. WHITEHOUSE, Esq, - "The Great Taboo" (Allen); "Kings in Exile"
(Roberts); "Twentv Thousand Leagues under the Sea" (Verne).
R. M. G. KEMP. - "Plain Smith IV." (Freeman).
J. OAKDEN. - "In Ships of Steel" (Stables).
MAJOR ROWE. - "Treasure Island" (Stevenson); "Swiss Family Robinson" (Wyss).
To General Non-Fiction Library —
H. G. DE CARTERET. — “A Book of Brave Boys” (Miles).
To Junior Library —
E. J. BLACKMAN. — “Great Stories for Boys.”
R. J. FLOOD. — “A Book of Short Stories.”
J. MCCULLOCH. — “Oliver Twist” (Ed. Lindsay).
MAJOR ROWE. — “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass” (Carroll); “Andersen’s Fairy Tales” “Gulliver’s Travels” (Swift); “The Heroes” (Kingsley).
A number of copies have also been purchased by the School for the General Library.
Photo] [C. S. Harris, Dover
D.S.C. ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL TEAM.
AUTUMN TERM, 1933.
SPEECH DAY, 1933.
As soon as it was noised abroad that we were to have such distinguished visitors as Sir Roger and Lady Keyes at our Prize-Giving, the Great Day was anticipated even more eagerly than usual. Long before the appointed hour the Connaught Hall was filled to saturation — and even super-saturation in some parts.
Canon Elnor once more took the chair, cordially welcoming our visitors and the host of parents and friends present. For the twenty-eighth time the Head Master read his report — compressed fact and frank criticism — abounding in suitable nautical metaphor and interspersed with his usual whimsical humour. Referring to the close connection Sir Roger had had with the School, since it was he who saved the Frith Road buildings from becoming a Naval Hospital during the War, the Head also recalled how the School had supplied the choral music when Sir Roger received the Freedom of the Borough in 1918. He mentioned the excellent health of the School during the year and enumerated the many successes of pupils both past and present. Reference was made to the great event of the year — the opening of the School Organ — and to the successful American Sale in aid of the new swimming pool. He summarised the good work done by the School Societies, especially the Cadet Corps, which, he emphasised, was not aiming to further aggressive militarism. He also made it clear that, despite the value and importance of games, the qualities which these foster are also to be gained by consistent hard brain work.
After the prizes had been distributed the Mayor proposed a vote of thanks to Sir Roger and Lady Keyes. In seconding this the Rev. A. T. Slater said that although Sir Roger came with pacific intent, he might well fight the Public Library Dragon indigenous to the neighbourhood.
Lady Keyes then made a short but charming speech, alluding to her personal relations with the town. She also said how glad she was to see the interest taken in swimming and especially in Life-Saving, in the School. Needless to say, she called forth hearty applause by gaining for us an extra half-holiday.
In his address Sir Roger said how glad he was to visit the town again, and then briefly outlined his career — he left school at the age of 14½. He pointed out the importance of Geography and History in a school curriculum. Relating his adventures during the Great War, he told a story of how he visited the late Earl Haig (then Sir Douglas), in the trenches. He arrived just as Marshal Foch left, and Sir Douglas immediately told him that the Marshal had just said that “it was the hammer blows of the British Army that were making the Germans squeal for peace” — a great tribute indeed. Sir Roger said that the Germans made two mistakes which lost them the War. First, they underestimated the British forces, and secondly they roused the sea spirit of the British Nation by their ruthless submarine warfare. In conclusion, he exhorted us to fight the dragons in our path, “whether they be sloth, disloyalty, slackness or treason,” for therein he placed the secret of success.
The concert programme which followed was of the usual high standard. The Junior Play, “A Scene from Longfellow’s Hiawatha,” was especially well acted. The costumes showed that some parents must have devoted many hours to their preparation. (It is rumoured that certain members of the audience objected to an anachronism in the Nazi salutes acclaiming Iagoo!) To praise the choir seems superfluous. The vocalisation of Schumann’s “Dreaming” and the song “The Old Vindictive” seemed the most popular, but the other two items, “The Vikings’ Song” and “Down among the Dead Men,” were close runners-up. The Senior Dramatic Society presented Lord Dunsany’s play, “If Shakespeare lived to-day,” a very difficult subject which was creditably performed. The make-up of the characters was remarkably good.
Once more the rousing strains of “Forty Years On” filled the hall, and we turned with pleasant memories to chapter twenty-nine in the School’s history.
PRIZE AWARDS, 1933.
Parents’ Association Prizes.
Merit Cards. — N. N. Blaxland (Senior) M. G. Jenkins (Junior).
Geography. — R. W. Milne.
Science. — F. Constable.
Special Endeavour. — R. Edmond (Senior) J. Edgar (Junior).
Mayor’s Good Fellowship Prize. — F. L. W. Eade.
Chairman's School Certificate Prizes. - V. G. Ellen and J. Le Prevost.
Head Master's Prize. - F. G. West-Oram.
Thomas Memorial Prize. - G. L. J. Bailey.
Clatworthy Latin Prizes. - F. A. Cockfield (Senior); J. M. Falconer (Junior).
Tunnell History Prizes. - I. P. Watt (Senior); S. C. Fittall (Junior).
Edward Ryeland Memorial Prize. - R. E. B. Hickman.
Old Boys' Cadet Prize. - Sjt. A. Andrews.
Staff Prizes. - E. C. Sharp, R. M. Wraight.
Form Prizes. - A. W. Hewes, F. W. McToldridge (VI. Arts); G. S. Allen, G. D. Magub, P. C. R. Pearce (VI. Science); J. W. White (VI. Commerce); L. R. Stanley, (Va.); C. R. Archibald (Vb.); S. R. Southin (Vc.); D. M. Heller (IVa.); H. S. Bowers and M. W. Fenn (IVb.);
R. V. Baker (IIIa.); P. R. Buckle (IIIb.); J. R. Ravensdale (IIa.); A. K. Smithson (IIb.); C. P. Garland (IIc.); D. A. Gibb (Ia.); J. W. Menter (Ih.); A. R. Makey (Upper Trans.); D. S. Hopper (Lower Trans.); P. J. Coveney (Prep.).
Tunnell Memorial Sports Cup. - E. C. Sharp.
Cadet Corps Section Cup. - Section II. - Sjt. Eade.
The Ryeland Shooting Cup. - Section I. - Sjt. Constable.
Certificate "A," O.T.C. - C.Q.M.S. Allen, Sjt. Bailey, Sjt. Andrews, Sjt. White, Sjt. Magub,
SCHOOL PREFECTS, 1933-34.
Senior Prefect. - G. L. J. Bailey.
Junior Prefects. - G. S. Allen, A. D. Dewar, R. W. Milne.
Probationary Prefects. - R. E. B. Hickman, G. D. Magub, P. C. R. Pearce, G. A. Stourton,
G. S. Taylor, R. J. Unstead, I. P. Watt.
SCHOLARSHIP AND EXAMINATION SUCCESSES.
National State Scholarship._ - G. L. J. Bailey.
Oxford and Cambridge Joint Board Higher Certificate._ - F.
London Higher Certificate. - R. W. Milne (distinction in Economics and Maths., exemption from Inter. B.Sc. (Econ.)), G. L. J. Bailey (distinction in Pure Maths., Applied Maths., Physics and Chemistry, exemption from Inter. B.Sc.), G. S. Allen (exemption from Inter. B.Sc.), R. E. B. Hickman (exemption from Inter. B.Sc.), A. W. Hewes, J. Vosper.
London General School Certificate. - C. R. Archibald, *R. H. Arnold, E. Bainbridge (distinction in Latin), P. W. H. Bennett, *E. W. Bishop (distinction in English and French), W. S. Borthwick, J. A. Callanan, P. E. Coles (distinction in Latin), D. E. A. Coombs, *G. C. Cox, G. Curry, H. G. de Carteret, R. Edmond, †*V. G. Ellen (distinction in History, Geography, French and Elementary Mathematics), A. R. Ellender, S. L. Flood, H. J. Franklin, †*F. Gale (distinction in French, Chemistry and Elementary Mathematics), C. J. Goodall, G. V. Graeme, N. W. E. Jenkins (distinction in Geography), J. H. Kirton, †*J. Le Prevost (distinction in Geography, Latin, French and Elementary Mathematics), *D. Morse (distinction in French), L. R. J. Ovenden , *I. E. Pengelly (distinction in Elementary Science), W. T. Prue, *H. G. Richards (distinction in French), *H. E. Ruffles, H. W. Sneller, S. R. Southin (distinction in Metal Work), *L. R. Stanley, D. E. M. West, S. M. West (distinction in Elementary Science), and A. A. F. Williams.
* Qualified for Matriculation. † Honours Certificates.
K.E.C. Special Place Scholarships. - J. Kirk, A. R. Makey, E. A. Wilde.
General and Departmental Clerical Classses of Civil Serviee. - F. A. Cockfield (4th), R. J. Mumford (6th), L. E. Dargan (427th) , and V. G. Ellen (575th) on the list of 750 successful candidates, out of over 3,000 entrants.
Royal Navy Engine Room Artificers. - B. Pragnell, G. C. Gregory.
Form V.a. - Bushell (2), Clarke, V. F. (2).
" V.b. (Sc.). - Bowers, Skinner.
" V.b. (Eng.). - Blackman (2), Kemp, L. (2).
" IV.a. - Myers (2), Muston, Gilham, Croucher.
" II.a. - Ewer (2), Jenkins (2), Howarth, Gibb, D. A., Menter, Harman, Haynes.
" I.a. - Makey.
" Ib. - Alcock (2), Carpenter, Saunders, Howard.
" Upper Trans. - Hopper (2), Crofts (2), Wilcher, Gane,
Paddock, G. J.
" Lower Trans. - Coveney (2), Bradley (2), Hayden, A. J. (2), Darby, McVey.
J. W. WHITE. - Senior Prefect; Joint Captain,
Town House; School 2nd XI. Cricket (1933); House 1st XI. Football; House Rugby;
Sjt., Cadet Corps; Cert. "A," 1933. To Messrs. Hitchcock, Williams, Ltd.,
R. J. MUMFORD. - House 1st XI. Cricket and Football; House Rugby; School Orchestra. Civil Service Appointment (War Office).
E. C. RATCLIFFE. - Leader, School Orchestra; School Choir. To Clough's Commercial College, Folkestone.
F. OLIVER. - School 1st XI. Football (Cap) (1931-2-3); School Colours (1932); School 2nd XI. Cricket (1933).
R. F. CADMAN. - School 1st XI. Cricket (Cap) (1933); School 1st XI. Football (1933). School Colours.
H. J. BURT. - School 2nd XI. Football (1933); House 1st XI. Cricket; Dramatic Society. To Pettitt's Commercial College, Dover.
N. W. E. JENKINS. - School 1st XI. Cricket (1933); School 1st XI. Football (1933);Cpl., Cadet Corps; Chingford (1933). Apprenticed to Messrs. Sainsbury.
D. E. A. COOMBS. - House 1st XI. Football; House Rugby; House 2nd XI. Cricket; Lce.-Cpl., Cadet Corps; Bronze Medallion, R.L.S.S. Apprenticed to Messrs. Sainsbury.
C. J. C. STANLEY. - School 2nd XI. Cricket (1932-3); House 2nd XI. Football. Joining father's business.
J. WILKINSON. - School 1st XI. Football (Cap) (1932-3); School Colours; House 1st XI. Cricket. Apprentice Mechanic, Tilmanstone Colliery.
W. L. GOLDFINCH. - School 2nd XI. Cricket (1933); School 2nd XI. Football (1933). Joining father's business.
A. H. D. C. TYRELL. - School 1st XI. Football (Cap) (1932); House 1st XI. Cricket: House Rugby; Junior Athletic Champion (1931).
W. C. CLARINGBOULD. - House 1st XI. Football; House 2nd XI. Cricket. Apprentice Surveyor, Tilmanstone Colliery.
W. J. T. DOOLIN. - House 1st XI. Cricket and Football; House Rugby; R.L.S.S. Bronze Medallion and Proficiency Certificate. Apprenticed to Messrs. Sainsbury.
G. C. GREGORY. - House 1st XI. Cricket. Boy Artificer, RN.
B. PRAGNELL. - School Orchestra. Boy Artificer, RN.
T. J. R EDWARDS. - School Orchestra. Joining father's business.
A. G. C. GOLDING. - School Choir. To Messrs. Clout, Dover.
S. R SOUTHIN. - To Maidstone Electric Light Co.
A. MCPHERSON. - Apprenticed to Messrs. Sainsbury.
G. F. ENSOR. - To Dover College.
I. G. ROBSON. - House 2nd XI. Cricket and Football. To Hamilton Academy, near Glasgow.
F. WHITTINGHAM. - Parents removed to Catterick.
H. E. CADE. - Parents removed to Maidstone.
R. I. HESPE. - Parents removed to Sheffield.
E. R ROSE. - Parents removed to Rochester.
H. E. RUFFLES. - Entering business with Mr. Goldfmch, St. Margaret's.
GLEAMS AND FLASHES.
The following boys are serving on The Pharos Committee for this year:-G. L. J. Bailey, E. W. Bishop, R G. L. Bowles, R. G. Borthwick, G. A. Stourton, I. P. Watt, A. Andrews, R. J. Unstead, A. J. T. Slater, R W. Milne, A. H. Goodbun, A. E. T. Goodman, P. G. Aldous.
Any member of the Committee will be glad to receive contributions or suggestions for future issues of the Magazine.
The School Charity Fund for the term amounted on 4th December to £13 4s. 0d.; this included £4 14s. 0d. for the sale of poppies on Armistice Day.
Last School year the total contributions amounted to £34 11s. 4½d. After repaying the loan of £2 which was required to balance the 1931-32 account, the remainder was distributed as follows:-Dover Hospital, £24 13s. 4d.; Treloar Cripples' Hospital, £1 1s; Earl Haig's Poppy Fund, £5 12s.; Queen A1e.xandra Rose Day, £1 17s. 10d. This left a deficit. of 12s. 9½d. which has been made good out of this term’s donations.
At the beginning of term we had the honour of a visit fromMr. Muhammad Effendi Kadhim, Engineer to the Ministry of Education in Iraq. Mr. Kadhim was studying modern methods of school building in this country and was advised by the Board of Education that Dover County School was one of the schools worth inspection.
An unusual number of good and interesting contributions was sent in for this term's issue. We thank the many boys who tried to help, and regret that so many articles must be held over. Those by V. Clarke, D. Gibb, T. Moyes, W. F. Dunn, R Allen, J. Dermott, H. J. Smith, R. J. U. and P. Ewer will be considered for publication when space is available.
The School Parties wjll be held in January as follows: - Junior School, on Wednesday, 10th January, Middle School on Thursday, 11th January, and Prefects' Dance on Saturday 13th January.
We understand that a small boy in the Junior School is anxious to know how he can invite six girl friends to the Junior Party! Can anyone help?
We are indebted to Mr. C. S. Harris for permission to reproduce the photo of the School Football Team.
Alasse and allakke! Woe are ye! Bitere is ye scourge of youre afflicioun! Forre ye Day of Dume, is itte nat atte hande? Doo natte brazenne dragonnes, of fierie belchings, and splutter- clankklammerings dailie hale Sire Tawt, ande Sire Barcoul unto ye castelle, forre to abette Beelzebubbe hise eville wurkkes? Ande arre natte Sire Rextab, ande eke Sire Bar-birno, ande eke Sire Aybeecee ande eke alzo Sire Wep neerlie y-befelle into ye same sattanicke grarsppe of Turkkes ande eke infidelze ande heretickes? Soone ye wille needes be vigitante, forre ase rorrynge lionnes wille ye Sires walke them aboutte, seekynge whome they meye ete ande eke devvourre! Ande methinkke atte ye nexte tourneye, wille theye natte outsattanne-Satanne on ye durttetrackke?
Ande whanne thatte ye Overlorreles, ye Nytes, ande squyeres ande eke yeomenne ande varlettes of ye baserre sorte were gatheredde togethere in ye faire castel thatte is sette on a hille, thanne didde arise wilde lamenatioun amonge manie. For Sire Tinie (y-clept Stanik) ande Parsh, ande Bigge-bukkette, ande eke Stew-Roma; eeke also Fewedal ye scribe werre theye natte departedde, an de Ser Vop, myghtye in batel? Ande wer theye natte gonne to encountere ye drede Demoun Wurke, ande combatte ye visitatioune Wurldcriziz, awfule of mene. Alle these werre theye natte honouredde inne theire generratioune? Were they natte the glorie of their times? Natheless, ye most puissante ande liege Overelorde, to fill ye voyde of theme thatte were gonne, callede togethere ye Praefectes (of Matterik) alle scionnes of Cade, ye rebelles, and did exhoorte theme myghtily forre to werre ye olde Skuletiy, nore to face ye windes unbonneted. He bade theme Gudehuntynge thatte ye castel mighte go from strengthe to strengthe, nore toe fere ye heckleres Westernbrothers. Butt soome wer greivouslie afflictedde with ye scurvy scarves thatte arre a peyneinyenek; and eeke others caughte ye plague of Bluleblues. And Bey Ali, La Nel and Rawde, and othere lustye praefecks didde shewe them natte fecklesse in ye pursuittes of varlettes, and didde theye nat quelle ye warlikke tempere of ye Junyorlobi withe ye magicke weapouns runes and scrawles. For nowe is Pandemonium gone from ye realmes of Lesserefrie. But soothe to seye, Fry's is natte gonne, norre ye delite of Cadeberries; allthoughe ye scrybe didde lamente:
"Forre alle that he was a philosophre,
Yet hadde he butte litel golde in his cofre."
Soone didde ye lustyer squyeres anel yeomenne bothe foote ande bawl on ye verdaunte plaines of Astre, althoghe Sire La Nil was mooche vexede howe thatte ye mightye were fallen in battel. Toon also were sadde forre ye demoune Tengolznille doothe mooche afflickte them. Butte noon were doonhertedde ande didde girde thire loins to do battaille righte valiauntly.
Thanne didde ye plaguy Wurke, ande ye fearfulle batel of Xame waxe awfule; ande nowe is natte alle vanytie ande vexatioun of spirite? Soome thatte cryedde, "Yette a litel sleep, a litel slumbere, a litel foldynge of the handes to slepe," do nowe loudlie compleyne, "My punishmente is gretere thanne I can beare." Ande ye demounes Parze, ande Canne, ande Fiftiwurds, are lette loose on ye unfoortunate. Ofte are they exhoortedde natte to misse the discourse of the Elderes; ande if perchaunce they do, thanne doothe ye Roumayne Inquisitoure crye outte, "Avaunte ande quitte my syghte, ye ruminating cowes, thatte bringge doon mye greye heres with sorrowe to the grave!"
"Whye shoolde life alle laboure be?" singes ye minstrelle, ande whye indeed? Ande soo, atte ye Atome ye nites didde carouse withe a fatte feaste, soo thatte ye chauceryanne scrybe didde exclame:
"Soone wis hise joly whistelle welle y-wette."
Ande thanne didde Sire Weppe ande ye Cadettes polysshe ande refurbysshe there shinynge armes, ande teke the toothe of oone Luhke, a gospellere of grete renoune, thatte didde seye, " A toothe forr a toothe." Ande nowe may they winne itte unto seventy times sevene.
Ande whanne thatte ye Overlorrde hadde calledde alle untoe ye toun-Halle, there wase muchyen givygne of prizese, of bokes, ande of cuppes ande eke of stifcattes; much also of talkynge ande syngynge. Ande ye Junyor-drametiks, didde theye natte give Narzti salutes, holdynge highe ther handes, ande eke crynge, "YA-GU"?
Whanne thatte Kinge Soll wase vanquisshedde, bye dreare Jupiter Pluvius, ande because ye futeballeres didde worshippe the sun, thenne Pluvius, shewynge hise wroothe, didde cause a mighytie subsidense of Terrafirmer; (thogh methinkes some do seye twas to entrappe Sire Tawt thatte didde harme ye faire meade withe hise ironne steede). Butte haplie ye Lux didde revealle the trappe whereine Pluto woulde engulphe hise foes, into ye Netheregiounnes.
Ande lo! if ye wulde knowe moore, Go, rede in ye boke Pharos ande inuardlie digeste alle ye gestes thatte are y-writte. Forre doothe itte natte enlightenne ande holde highe ye torche of Knowledge to ye Praefeckes of Matterik?
Rejoyce ye nowe! Forre X-messe, is it nat atte hande? Therfor be ye merrie, wassaile ande eke carouse; ande iffe ye longelivedde demoune Surfetofeplumpudde do attach ye, cheere ye uppe, forre is nat youre cause juste ande surelie wille prevayle?
WIPTAT YE SCRYBE.
The number of recruits at the end of the Summer Term indicated that Camp, 1933, would be a record for numbers. And, in fact, it was. The Camp List, when officially closed in June, showed eighty names, but by the end of term close on a hundred souls were packing kitbags, save one aristocratic Serjeant, who preferred to keep his neatly folded linen in a suitcase (now, alas! no more). This unexpected rush necessitated the purchase by the Corps of two bell tents, which may well form the nucleus of a complete Corps-owned camp equipment.
In accordance with custom, the railway people provided the usual antiques for our conveyance to Sandwich, where we were met by the Band. Light-hearted, we swung along the road to Camp, to be greeted by that jovial personification of Camp life, the Serjeant-Major.
The arrangement of the Camp the veterans found to be identical with that of last year, plus additional tents. With the issuing of plates, blankets, waterproof sheets and rifles, and the mounting of guard, routine began in earnest, and in a remarkably short time the rawest recruit felt a seasoned campaigner.
The following morning, true to form, it rained. "Quarter" was early, the S.M. was bad tempered, and harassed Serjeants struggled with arms drill under billowing marquees. Later, however, the weather decided on "fair to fine," and the decision held for a fortnight; in fact, it next rained ten minutes after we had struck camp.
Realising that the competition for Lucas Tooth would this year probably be severe, we toiled in Platoons or ‘alf-Companies at "drill and manoeuvre" all morning under a blazing sun. Bank Holiday Monday saw us preparing with enthusiasm for the wrath to come on the following day in the form of divers Inspections. Belts were blancoed, sundry spots of jam or boot-blacking were removed from more than one pair of breeches, and rifles were oiled and pulled through as never before. Some of the hairier ones even went to the length of shaving themselves.
The great Day dawned. Serjeants were early astir, and badges, buttons, boots and bugles were polished assiduously. After breakfast a harassed Orderly Serjeant aligned kits, and when "Quarter" blew, tunics were buttoned and belts and caps donned, the Camp assuming an appearance which brought a flush of pride to the heart of so hardened an old bird as the S.M. himself.
We got into position for the ordeal, watched by a gathering crowd of friends. After an endless wait, the Inspecting Officers drove up to the saluting base, and the Company snapped to the "Present" as the Band blew "General Salute." There followed an inspection by the County Commandant, Colonel H. H. Dawes, O.B.E., T.D., accompanied by the Brigade-Major, Major W. E. Oakley, T.D. Then the March Past, Company drill and Lucas Tooth drill movements, and we were dismissed, to fall in again for Pip-Toc under Lieut. Pascall. This over, Colonel Dawes delivered a short but spirited address, and our day was done.
The remainder of Camp was given over to shooting for the Ryeland Cup, won this year by Section I., and to drill for Section Cup, which goes to Section II.
So much for the more serious side of camp life. Now for the lighter moments. After morning parade, the rest of the day was occupied according to taste - except for those poor unfortunates in the Promotion Squad. Some (at least until they were "broke" and could raise no more loans) lowered large quantities of canteen stock, whilst others played dubs, ping pong, cricket or rugger (all of sorts). Soon after the start of camp, sporadic outbreaks of "He was her man. . ." and similar ditties were noticed.
An occupation infinitely more profitable than the carolling of such melodies, however, was the bridging of the dyke by a regular pukka R.E. bridge, complete with transoms, square lashings, frappings and whatnot (there being a large percentage of this last commodity in its structure). This superb master piece of engineering skill held, or rather didn't quite hold, two dozen weighty cadets. Nobody was drowned. Another pastime finding some supporters was boating on the dyke; this phrase, unless one was lucky, being synonymous with "paddling in the dyke." The diverting exercise of tossing the caber was cut short owing to respect for Ordnance property and human life. Yet a further hobby, favoured for a short time by some N.C.O.'s, was the installation of an elaborate telephone system, designed to effect communication between the Officers' and Serjeants' Messes and the Guard Tent, thus obviating the necessity for the O.O. to get out of his folding camp-bed in the small hours to inspect the guard, and also enabling the Serjeants to enquire the time and weather before rising in the morning. Sad to say, the calling-up system was a trifle unreliable. Which in no way worried the Serjeants.
The Serjeant-Major introduced a new game called "Camp Alarms" Although the object of this game is obscure it is great fun. Great fun!
The really glorious weather succeeded in sunbrowning a: good many backs, and olive-oil and sunburn lotion were in great demand during the whole of Camp.
Sports Day, as usual, was in every way successful The events, particularly the Obstacle Race, will be recalled with pleasure, and the accomplished manoeuvring of General Eade's Volunteers, with drum and fife band, minus the drums and all of the fifes except one - that being a piccolo-will long be remembered. On that day the Serjeants' Mess entertained royally, and were so successful in their demands on the Quartermaster for more cake that they were left with a not entirely useless amount of "finest rich fruit" for their own fortification.
Incidentally, the domestic history of the Serjeants' Mess was nothing if not interesting, but probably remains best unrecorded. For the first few days the Mess was haunted by a large toothache belonging to one of the inmates, also by a small headache not belonging to one of the inmates. This insisted on a ginger beer a day for directing washing-up operations, but had, however, a short career. The Serjeants were also the recipients of a large box, for which, being but human and susceptible to human ills, particularly in the form of toffees, they Were duly thankful.
One day the Corps played cricket with Fairburn juniors, and another day we lost nobly at the game to a team of fair ladies. Then, too, as Camp drew to a close, the usual Sing-song and Mendi Rag were held. The Sing-song marked the culmination of the "He was her man. . . "fever. This lyric was roared with gusto. whilst a touching rendering in harmony by the Mess of "Close the Shutters, Willie's Dead" brought tears to the eyes and a lump to the throat of the S.-M., somnolescing afar off in the Orderly tent.
The Mendi Rag, led by a most popular king of Mendi, involved a great deal of face-painting and shouting, terminating in a grand plunge into the dyke.
Let me close with a reference to the cooks. Although on occasions "Cook-house" was sounded late, the food was always well cooked, a tribute to the general excellence of what was this. year a rather small cooks' tent.
This is the fifth Camp we have held at Sandwich Bay, and only those intimately connected with the finances of the Corps realise the extent to which we are indebted to the Rt. Hon. the Earl of Guilford for the free use of the best cadet camping ground in Kent.
We look forward to Camp, 1934, with as much pleasure as we look in retrospect on Camp, 1933, and anticipate a fortnight of the best of good training and good fun.
THE CHATHAM VISIT.
Excitement ran high in the Corps when it was known that a party was to visit the School of Military Engineering at Chatham on 21st November. Many of the smaller fry had visions of a super-Field Day, in which the Corps was to combat the rest of the British Army. Fortunately for the latter, however, we went with pacific intent. After much burnishing of buttons and blancoing of belts a party of 73 N.C.O.'s and cadets - and of course the H.Q. Wing-paraded at School at 8-45 for inspection by the O.C.
After a two-hour 'bus journey, during which buttons were given a final polish, we arrived at the S.A. Memorial Arch at Chatham, and immediately fell in for inspection by the Commandant, Major-General W. G. S. Dobbie, C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O. He welcomed us in a short address, and made us feel quite at home.
We were then escorted to Ravelin, a stretch of uneven ground nearby, where experimental bridges of different types, trench and mine systems, are constructed. We divided into three parties, which were shown in turn round the different points of interest. There were bridges old and new, as used before the War and after. We were informed that one of them - not a very large specimen - had cost over £40,000. Most of them were capable of being erected in a matter of hours, although they could carry even the heaviest mechanised transport. One type, especially designed for erection over canals, fulfilled the last requirement, and yet, by means of a counterpoise filled with sand, could be raised and lowered by one man on a windlass. We were then shown over a system of trenches of the Great War period, and saw the conditions under which the troops lived, and the beds on which they slept. The latter were none too soft. We were in ceremonial dress, however - not exactly ideal for trench inspection. I shall never forget the appearance from the gloom of a communication trench of one Drum-Major, slightly soiled, but nevertheless complete with dress cords and white gauntlets!
We were next given a lecture on the different kinds of explosives used for demolishing bridges, and how to use them, and were shown some actual specimens. The lecturing Officer fitted up a small explosion for us, consisting of a length of slow-burning fuse, several detonators filled with mercury fulminate, some instantaneous fuse, and a primer of dry guncotton. After walking to a safe distance he lit the fuse.
We then proceeded to the R.E. Park to see the workshops. First we were shown the different types of oil-driven generators from the early types to the most modern ones. Then followed the engineering, carpentering, plumbing, welding and painting shops, all equipped with the latest machinery. It was impressed on us that the aim of the Army to-day is to use mechanical labour as far as possible in all branches.
Upon being told that a certain well was over 100 feet deep a scientifically-minded young cadet immediately threw a stone down it and timed the fall in order to check the statement. At 12.30 we fell in again and marched to the R.E. Theatre for lunch. The menu had been the subject of many a heated discussion beforehand in certain circles. The choice, however, seemed to meet the approval of everyone - anyhow, short work was made of the helpings, and most people asked for more. Furthermore they got it! The meal was made even more interesting by the remarkable likeness of one of the staff to a well-known film star.
After dinner we embussed for Upnor - through the town and over the bridge. Here we spent perhaps the most interesting part of the day. The ground was by the side of a large pool around which operations centred. Upon the blast of a whistle a Kapok assault bridge was launched across the pool. A party of recruits then doubled across it, and we were ordered to follow their example. This was not so easy as it seems on paper, for the bridge was a bare two feet wide and about six inches above the water. Moreover, it was made in sections, duckboards upon Kapok floats, with the result that if the party crossing it did not keep well spaced out, too much weight was placed on one section, which immediately submerged. Many still have visions of the O.C. and the Senior Serjeant sinking because their mutual attraction was too great.
After this we saw the pond crossed by an armed party in a collapsible boat in record time, and the construction of a pontoon by a demonstration party. Directly this was finished a small tank came speeding down to the edge of the pool on to the pontoon which crossed it. The tank then sped off again on the other side-a non-stop journey. We were shown the internal construction of some pontoons which formed a bridge capable of carrying heavy loads.
When the display was over at Upnor, we returned to Brompton Barracks, where we spent a very interesting half-hour in the R.E. Museum.
Before we left we saw the result of only eight days' training "on the square." One wonders what standard is finally reached. At four o'clock we left Chatham for home, and arrived in Dover soon after six.
The most striking feature of the day was the strict adherence to a very thoughtfully compiled time-table. We all owe our thanks to Lt.-Col. Mowll for arranging the visit, and to another Dovorian, Major Worsfold, for organising it. I am sure we shall all look back on 21st November, 1933, as a red letter day in the history of the Corps.
To the Editor of" The Pharos."
I am afraid the title "Oxford Letter" is rather misleading. True, it is of Oxford, city of spires and bicycles, Morris cars and futurist neckwear, but of only one aspect of it - the fresher's. The result is like the neckwear-hectic. The School is represented in two faculties in two Colleges by two Old Boys, a state of affairs which does not offer much scope for news.
Of our theologian at Keble, L. C. Sparham, I must confess scant knowledge. I have sampled Keble toast and honey at a "Welcome to Oxford" tea which was in the main a catechism wherein a fresher respectfully elicited as much information as possible about Oxford life and customs from an experienced third year man. Sparham, being on the verge of Schools, is naturally retiring, and the only other time I saw him was during the Clinker Fours: he was vociferating wildly along the tow path urging Keble to beat Wadham - a very unpatriotic gesture indeed.
The Michaelmas term has seen a variety of events. Lord Irwin has been elected the new Chancellor in succession to Lord Grey, who died during the Long Vacation. Oxford won the relays against Cambridge by four events to two; the trial Eights rowed a dead heat at Henley, and St. Edmund Hall carried off the Clinker Fours in the teeth of great opposition. Ice-hockey has proved a new thrill for many freshmen, and I have it on high authority that it is second only to bull-fighting for excitement. Communist agitation has put politics once more into a very sanguinary field of battle, and an escort of trained blackshirts gave an unaccustomed zest to the Fascist meeting in the Town Hall. Towards the end of term a glut of College plays proved a temptation too strong to resist - "The Doctor's Dilemma" at Merton, "Harlequinade" at Somerville, "Outward Bound" at Queen's, and "The Admirable Crichton" - a delightful play by Sir James Barrie - at the Playhouse.
But amidst all this activity the fresher soon finds himself regarding life with a dignified equanimity. The Spirit of Oxford is abroad; it broods over the city and works silently on the minds of all her sons. There is no Oxford accent; Oxford "bags" do not exist; but there is an Oxford atmosphere which seeps through the walls of the Colleges and permeates wood and stone just as it permeates flesh and blood. It is the atmosphere of quiet assumption, of taking everything for granted. The Spanish lecturer holds forth in Spanish to a stupefied flock, assuming everyone understands him. "You're reading Modern Languages. Good, then you will join the French Club, of course."" You come from Dover. So naturally you will row." And in time you give up the unequal struggle and bow to fate: you understand the Spanish and join the French Club; you even row.
And so for the first term the fresher lives in a state of perpetual deception, professing vast knowledge of subjects till then unheard of, and perfect comprehension of theories political and social, till then mere names. And when he goes down, dazed and off his guard: "You will write an Oxford letter, won't you?" "Of course!"
Though men of discerning
THE SPIRIT OF THE TIMES.
There are some who say that the nation is degenerating, but in Dover, among the personnel of the D.C.S. strange and stirring events have come to pass, which utterly confound these adverse critics. Imbued with the courage that led our ancestors to roam the trackless ocean in their frail craft, and scorning public opinion, certain distinguished gentlemen have forsaken the ways of luxury and ease, and instead of making the daily journey to school in a car have adopted a method of travelling more hazardous and more worthy of inhabitants of this historic town of Dover.
Some time ago a hardy pioneer, a devotee of science, braving the storms of public derision, made the first step, or rather the first resolution, towards making the more dignified mode of travel general by journeying to school on a motor cycle with a two-stroke engine. His example was not lost on others. He was copied by representatives of Arts and Commerce, much to the joy of a wondering audience, Now, the early riser may be privileged to behold the thrilling sight of a normally staid and respectable gentleman roaring up the School hill at nearly twenty-five miles per hour. Imagine the rider's feeling of exultation as he annihilates space, accompanied by the full throated roar of his exhaust; imagine, too, the soothing terms of endearment with which he encourages his steed when it stalls at the steepest part of the hill, and he finds himself the cynosure of irreverent members of the younger generation.
When all our staff is similarly equipped what possibilities will the future hold! No longer will the staff room ring with learned discussions on books and authors, on abstruse mathematical problems, or perhaps on the technique of the mashie shot. These subjects will be superseded by heated arguments as to the relative merits of overhead and side valves. the correct method of decarbonising cylinders or grinding valves, and how to adjust the timing of the ignition. No more will the peace of irascible gentlemen be disturbed by the earsplitting stutter of noisy car exhausts, but they will be lulled by the melodious murmurings of the motor cycle.
Rumour has it that there are several prospective adherents to the new cult, who lack the courage to appear publicly in all their glory. To these we address the exhortation to be not bashful, but to come forward, secure in the knowledge that the applause and admiration they will command will easily atone for any slight inconvenience to which they may have been put. In conclusion we must state that as yet no official corroboration has been received of the report that the efficiency of the Cadet Corps is shortly to be increased by the addition of a mobile unit.
A. VARRALL (Form Va,).
I dashed to my
room to make preparation.
W. GROGNET (Form V.b).
THE SPIRIT OF RADIO.
turn a dial, and, turning,
E. J. E.
another promising young Headmaster was “found" at the Swimming Sports.
(With sarcasm) That, at long last, the stones have been removed from Leney's.
That time flew at half-term, but stood still when we returned to School.
That tenors and basses in the Choir can now say "Mrs. Fisk's Fried Fish Sauce Shop" without batting an eyelid.
That it was asked at the Prize-Giving, "But why are the masters giving a play?"
That the Excelsior twins are doing well - one has a slight cough, both have rattles.
That the boy who entered the water fully dressed at the Swimming Sports was not practising for a R.L.S.S. examination.
My pleasant dream had just come to a climax, when it was abruptly shattered by the attempts of the milkman to sell his milk in true Swiss fashion. I turned over and grunted and managed to open my eyes. But they did not stay open and I snuggled more closely between the sheets. After a short interlude of heavy breathing I pulled myself together and attempted to gather my scattered wits. "Well," I thought, "I suppose I have to get up some time," and pushed back the bedclothes with a sigh. Then a great gloom descended on me. Monday morning! - that most miserable of all morns. With further sighs and yawns I sat up in the bed and managed to put out one shivering leg. With a further effort I rolled dreamily out of the bed and sat on the_ edge with a miserable, vacant look on my face. I dared not look back at the pillows in case the temptation to return to them overpowered me. I continued to look vacant and miscrable, and made a move towards my clothes.But suddenly I stopped and pondered for a moment. Then over my despondent features spread a radiant beam of delight. I sprang into action and scrambled rapidly back between the sheets. Within two seconds I was beneath the clothes and sleep had once again descended upon me.I had remembered the half-term holiday just in time!
R. BAKER (Form IV.a).
When it is
raining very hard,
I. WEIR (Form III.a).
The jester opens
the heavy door
T. B. KELLY (Form III.c).
THE RETURN OF SPRING.
Though now the
days are cold and drear
I. G. ROBSON (Form III.a).