The Great War – Christmas Term 1917

Miss Douglas, in her Report, read at the Governors’ Meeting on December 7th, said: ­
I must now turn to facts which lie behind everything else at this time-the great facts that make the school life of boys and girls of unspeakable importance, and demand that the regular daily duties be performed with increasing zest and earnestness on account of the value of the opportunities now and here for becoming fit to do other duties and other service in the future. It appears to me that two main ideas should govern the arrangement of school life at the present time. First that the regular education and training should be as sound as it is in our power to make it; and secondly, that there should be definite opportunities made for doing a small share of work immediately necessary to the country’s needs at this moment. I feel that it would be unfair not to let every member of a school give direct help in what is called war-work, and more than that, this direct help to the country helps us all to keep steadily in view the smallness of what any of us can do at home, compared with the glorious heroism of those who have left all they possess and are ready to give their lives in the cause of righteousness and freedom. I am, of course, referring to those of us who have not been called to the front, as it were, in sharing in the supreme sacrifice, for those past or present members of the school whose family names are on the country’s Roll of Honour we can only express profound respect and a sympathy which certainly cannot be expressed in words. On the anniversary of the sinking of the Hamp­shire, we held a memorial service here, in order to pay our tribute to the great soldier and selfless patriot who was taken from us on that day. We remembered besides all those sailors, soldiers, and airmen who have fallen in the war, and mentioned by name those on our own Roll of Honour, who are closely connected with this school. Lady Hulse’s address on Lord Kitchener will always help us here to remember the debt of gratitude that England and the Empire owe to that great hero.
We have here done a little work in spare time in the evenings, and 1460 treasure bags for the men have been made by the school this term. We have ploughed up St. Margaret’s playground and planted it with potatoes, and we have planted an acre of potatoes for women in the City, and have worked on the land at Harnham, and the mis­tresses have had an allotment here. Many girls saw the Food Exhibi­tion in the City. Instead of our half-term holiday we had the garden sale here, and the historical scenes and concerts, towards the success of which the whole school worked very faithfully, and which was backed by all the City and the country round, so that £800 was the result, which was divided between the Red Cross Society and Queen Mary’s Needlework Guild. Besides this, Miss Handing gave a concert here in aid of prisoners in Germany, Lady Hulse engaged some Belgian musicians to give a concert here in aid of St. Dunstan’s Home for the Blind, and the sale for Serbia realised £52 4s. 6d
I cannot speak of what the present school has been doing in this way and not mention the good work of the Old Girls. Many of them have been able to give their whole time to direct service of their country, and one of the greatest pleasures I have is signing the papers of recom­mendation which come to me from Devonshire House and from the different Government offices. There they are all over England, nurses in hospitals, as V.A.D. workers, or in munition works and aeroplane works, at the Admiralty and War Office and Ministry of Munitions and Censor’s Office, or on the land, or working in canteens; and there they are also in South Africa, India, Russia, Malta, and many in France. Margaret Fawcett, working in the Scottish Women’s Hospitals, has won the Roumanian Order, and Evelyn Gilroy has been mentioned in despatches for her really noble work in France.
Besides these Old Girls there are the very large number of them who are married and we are very proud to think of the many good homes where Godolphin grandchildren, as we like to call them, are being brought up in the very best way. We constantly hear about them, and there is a good sprinkling of them now being educated, as their mothers were before them, in this place.

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The Bridge Builders – Christmas Term 1917

Suggested by Mr. Lloyd George’s Speech, 14th December, 1917. (Re-produced by kind permission from the Salisbury Volunteers’ Magazine).

For Centuries the old world and the new,
Sundered by Ocean broad lay wide apart,
Until our dauntless Seamen spanned the gulf
And linked them heart to heart.

With fruitless toil and many a failure spent,
They wearied not, till enterprise and skill
Had built a bridge, which stands, and ages hence
Will sure be standing still.

Now-when the world is agonised by War
And deeds of foulest cruelty are done,
Such as the darkest ages never knew,
No, nor the ruthless Hun­

Now in the anguish of these present years
There flows a roaring torrent at our feet:
On this side pain and horror-but beyond,
All that is sound and sweet.

When righteousness has triumphed over might,
And Kaiserdom is buried with its sin,
Then shall we reach at last the further shore
And the new life begin.

And so for many a month-three years and more.
Sailors and Soldiers, sweethearts, mothers, wives,
Have made their sacrifice and given all,
Some-more than their lives.
Slowly but strongly – to build a bridge
Which, when complete, shall carry us to peace
In the, new world, where quietness shall reign
and wars forever cease.

Each battle Won and each heroic act.
In Flanders, in the East, on sea or land,
Has built Foundations, driving in the piles
On which the bridge must stand.

Some faithless son there are-we hear them cry
“Too great the cost the enterprise will fail,
Build ye instead a bridge of boats “but ah !
Flow -when there comes a gale?

Its planks; mere scraps of paper, and the nails
Nothing but words, words, word and treaties vain,
How could a raft like that the traffic bear,
How long endure the strain?

Unstable ever, how could it withstand
Some storm of passion raised at a future day
Between the nations of the earth? The flood
Would Gweep it all away.

Words are but weakness. Carry on the Work,
Make the foundations deep, the structure strong;
Thus only shall we gain the further bank.
And Peace – the lasting peace for which we long.

E.H. DOUGLAS.

Eighth List of Relations and Friends Serving – Christmas Term 1917

ARMY

Braithwayt Beevor
Herbert Pinckney
Arthur Lloyd
Murray Pollock
Archie Turner
Charles Bennett
General Peck
Cuthbert Metford
Humphrey Hodge
Maxwell Barrow
Lawrence Monier Williams
C. H. Montgomery
Jim Molony­
Marcus Molony.

NAVY

Noel Gordon
Cyril Carpmael

DOCTORS

Arthur Phear
William Gordon
Humphrey Hodge

NURSES

Kathleen Douglas
Noah Slaney

The Roll Of Honour – Christmas Term 1917

ABBOTT – December 23rd, 1917, Lieutenant Frank Abbott, H.M.S. Surprise, brother of Nell and May Abbott.
BARROW – ALEC BARROW, 2nd Lieutenant Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment, brother of Ursula Barrow.
BRIDGE – BRYAN BRIDGE, R.N.A.S., brother of Kathleen Bridge.
CARTWRIGHT – 2nd Lieutenant NIGEL CARTWRIGHT, Durham Light Infantry, brother of Mary Cartwright.
DE CARTERET – PHILTP DE CARTERET, H.M.S. Canopus, cousin of Miss Luce.HILL – BERESFORD W. HILL, killed in action, March 4th, 1917.
KINDER – RICHARD KINDER, Malay States Volunteers, brother of E. Kinder.
LUARD – ELMHURST LUARD, Norfolk Regiment, cousin of C. J. and J. Pears.
NICHOLSON – ALEC NICHOLSON, 48th Toronto Highlanders, cousin of J. and M. Osmond.
STOKES – HAROLD STOKES, Tank Corps, brother of U. Stokes.
WEBSTER – GODFREY WEBSTER, Grenadier Guards, cousin of C. Fletcher.
BROWN – Lieutenant E. F. MONTAGU BROWN, husband of Constance Margaret (nee Boyle), died of wounds, January 8th, 1918.
MORRICE – HUME RODERICK, Welsh Guards, killed in the brilliant charge and defence near Cambrai, December 1st, 1917.
WHATELY – Lieutenant PERCEVAL VIVIAN VICTOR WHATELY, aged 20, 179 Machine Gun Company, brother of Betty Whately, killed in action; December 27th, 1917, in defence of Jerusalem.
YEATMAN – Captain HARRY FARR YEATMAN, brother of Theophila Yeatman, Yeomanry, who has been killed in action, was the son of the late Commander H. F. Yeatman, R.N., of Stock Gaylard, Dorset, and nephew of the Bishop of Worcester. He had gone forward with half of his squadron to an advanced position where he had been under heavy fire all day, and in the afternoon had had to go back to his original position. He got his troop away safely during a counter­attack. When he himself had nearly reached his line he saw one of his wounded men and went to his help. At that moment he was shot. Captain Yeatman had done brilliant work against the Senussi and on another front and was to have been recommended for the Military Cross.
MORRICE – Killed in action on the 30th December, 1917, Captain William Walter Morrice, Wilts Regiment, attached Labour Corps, second son of Canon and Mrs. Morrice, St. Edmund’s Rectory, Salis­bury, and brother of Esther and Janet Morrice.
KNIGHT – Second-Leiutenant J. 0. Coldham Knight, killed January, 1918, The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment, brother of Ruth N. Coldham Knight.
PARNELL – Killed December 1st, near Spephy, Mervyn E. Parnell, Captain and Adjutant in 36th Jacob’s Horse Indian Cavalry. Sniped from an aeroplane; brother of Juliet and Cicely Parnell,
HARRISON – Killed in action, July 31st, 1917, Second-Lieutenant Charles H. Harrison, Royal Field Artillery, brother of Helen and Cather­ine Harrison.
YORKE – December 27th, 1917, Captain J. H. L. Yorke,’ Pembroke Yeomanry, brother of Sophie York, killed in Palestine.

Jottings From the School Diary – Christmas Term 1917

SUMMER TERM, 1917.

SATURDAY, JUNE 30TH – The March Playing Competition took place. Miss Westlake and Miss Awdry judged. There were 18 entries. E. Lea won the Competition.
MONDAY, JULY 9TH – The Local Schools Music Examination took place.
TUESDAY, JULY 10TH Miss Douglas told us at Prayers that C. Fletcher, M. Eppstein and H. Williams had passed “Responsions.”
MONDAY, JULY 16TH – A meeting was held to decide what funds the proceeds from the Sale should be given to. The result was that £500 was given to Queen Mary’s Needlework Guild, and £300 to the Red Cross.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 18TH – Mr. Schooling spoke to us on “Finance.” (See Special Notice.)
TUESDAY, JULY 24TH – The Musical Evening was held. After supper, instead of the end of term Dance, we went for 10 minutes strolls through the grounds.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 25TH – At 9.40 Miss Steer gave a very interest­ing lecture on “The War.” At 12 Miss Atkinson gave us a delightful Piano Recital.
THURSDAY, JULY 26TH – Mark Reading. Cloak Room Picture was won by Upper VA., and the Lower VA. and with 1 mark lost.
Form Room Cup was won by Special VI. and Lower IV. with no marks lost.
Finished Books-Upper VL was best with 82 per cent. Lower VI. being second with 80 per cent.
Reading Badges were won by the following leaving girls: Joan Eason, Penelope Newham, Dorothy Powney and Dorothy Turner.
The Tennis Cup was won by Sarum.
The 2nd Six Picture was won by Fawcett. The Championship was won by V. Leys.
Tennis brooches were won by M. Sim, G. Rigden and G. Taylor, Mrs. Leys wishes to give a picture next year to the House which keeps its courts marked best. Bad marks will be given for crooked lines, courts not marked out in time, and for want of care of the “corners.”
1st XI. Cricket Colours were won by J. Chapman, J. Hinxman, D. Turner, V. Greene and N. Northcroft.
The Cricket Cup was won by Fawcett House. The Running Cup was won by Y. Leys.
Red Girdles: Senior Girdles were won by M. Sim, S. Robertson, M. Thursby, G. Farnfield, L. Locke, P. Seal, J. Gunner, K. Gordon­ Duff, M. Waters, L. Taylor, and K. Beach. Junior by R. Aldworth.
The Red Girdle Form Cup was won by Upper VI. and Special VI, with 100 per cent. each.
The Junior Red Girdle Picture was won by Lower IV. with 42 per cent.
The Gardening Picture was won by Fawcett House.

Miss Douglas then spoke of the leaving Mistresses and Girls and wished them good-bye. She said she was not going to say much about Miss Parson. We all knew what a tremendous loss she was to her per­sonally, and what good and faithful work she had done for the School. She said how much Mrs. Pope would be missed by her House and spoke of the long time she had been with us. She gave her very best wishes to Miss Eastgate and Miss Waller and thanked them for all they had done to help us since they came to Oakhurst. She said how sorry we were to lose Miss E. Prosser and Miss Templeton, who had so kindly come to help us for a short time, and she gave her best wishes to Miss Fisher, who has worked so well with her Form and is now leaving to take up nursing. She then spoke of thee leaving Girls.
Y. Leys, who has been such an excellent leader as Head Girl. She came to the kindergarten when she was five years old and has been such a good and devoted member of Godolphin ever since. She is the first “grandchild ” of the school who was been Head Girl. Miss Douglas said how much Yvorne had been helped by her mother, herself a most devoted Old Girl of the school. She then asked for a special. clap for Yvorne, thanking her for her loyalty and helpfulness. Yvorne is going to St. Paul’s School to help with the games next term.
Miss Douglas then gave her very best wishes to the other girls who are leaving this term, D. Turner, D. Powney, P. Newham, E. Waters, M. Shorland, P. Turner, and N. C. Van der Meersch.

AUTUMN TERM, 1917.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER, 26TH – School re-opened. After welcom­ing us back and hoping we had had jolly holidays, Miss Douglas told us of several alterations with regard to the Houses. Oakhurst has changed its name and will in future be known as Hamilton House. Lady Hulse has named it for us. We cannot have a Hulse House, because that name has been bestowed upon the house which Lady Hulse has presented to the City in memory of her son, so she chose Hamilton, as the Hamiltons are connected by marriage to her family. Miss Hartnell is the new housemistress there, with Miss Brownrigg to help her. The house is big enough now to stand alone for school com­petitions and “New Forest,” the name given to the three houses who combined, has disappeared. Mrs. Pope’s house” The Cedars” was given up when she left, and her girls with an additional six have taken up their abode under Mrs. Paulley’s charge at the house which was known as St. Martin’s Clergy House. This house has the honour of being named after our chairman, Lord Methuen, and is called Methuen House. They will join up with Glenside for games and House competitions and have already shown us that they intend to be a strong and keen House. Mrs. Paulley belongs by rights to St. Margaret’s, but they have had to give her up with a good grace to head a House of her own. The other big change, as to houses, has been the joining up of the two mistresses’ houses in Elm Grove which is now to be called Melbury. Miss Douglas then told us that Miss Buckle, who is an Old Girl, has come to teach History, Miss Alcock to teach English, and Madmoiselle Marchau, French. Miss Spencer has come to be Miss Douglas’s new Secretary in Miss Parson’s place.
Miss Douglas talked to us about determination and judgment. She told us what a great hunter, Dr. Gray, said, “I throw my heart over and my horse follows me.” When we want to accomplish anything we must put our whole hearts into it and aim high; we must have a high ideal of what our work and games at school should be, we must make a picture of it in our minds and then turn the picture into a reality.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH – We kept “Commem.” in a most delightful and inspiring way, though as long as the war lasts we know that there cannot be a real Commem. with the Old Girls flocking back to the old School. We all went to the celebration at St. Martin’s at a quarter to 8, and at 9.30 there was a service in School when we thought very specially of the Old Girls. At 5.50 we re-assembled at School and had a very exciting and interesting meeting in the Hall (see Special Notice.)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15TH – Several girls went to an excellent Concert in the Town given by some Belgian artistes.
Miss E. Prosser very kindly sent the School a volume of Creighton’s “Queen Elizabeth,” for which we wish to thank her very heartily.
Lady Hulse has sent us a delightful edition of Haydn’s Dictionary of Dates. It has been decided to keep both these volumes in the VI. Form Reference Library.
At Break the School assembled and Mrs. Leys presented us with a beautiful silver cup for the Tennis Champion. She promises to give a miniature cup to any girl who wins the Championship three years running. The cup was then presented to Vera Leys, who won the Championship last term.
During October there was an Exhibition of Household Economy held in the Town. Batches of girls, under the charge of a mistress, went daily to see the Exhibition and also to hear some of the very interesting lectures on Cookery, Poultry Keeping and Gardening.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31st – The Schools’ Service was held at the Cathedral at 6. The Bishop of Kensington preached.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1st (All Saints’ Day) All who were able went to the Cathedral for evensong, and Miss Douglas had a service in the Hall for the others at School at 8.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9th – A party of girls and the Head Mistress from Bruton came to see the School. They were shown every­thing by Upper VI, who were excused the first lesson after break.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH – The School went to a delightful concert in the Town given by Miss M. V. White, Miss S. Eaton and Boris Lensky. (See Special Notice).

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24TH – A party of about 84 wounded soldiers from the Red Cross and the Infirmary came to a concert and tea. (See Special Notice).

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH – Miss Douglas read us a letter at Prayers from the 2nd Southern General Hospital to thank for two pairs of crutches made by us, and to say they would be glad of as many more as we can possibly make.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH – Miss Douglas’ birthday. She had to spend mast of it in London to attend a meeting of Head Masters and Mistresses called by Sir Arthur Yapp, the Food Controller, to discuss the question of feeding in the Schools.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1ST – Serbian exhibition and lecture. (See Special Notice).

MONDAY, DECEMBER 3RD – House Marching Competition judged by the Sherborne drill mistress.
Nelson House won the cup.
In the evening a lecture by Dr. Lloyd on Canada. (See Special Notice.)

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5TH – In the evening the Assistant ­Chaplain-General of the Forces (Rev. F. G. Tuckey) gave an address (see Special Notice) to the School, at which members of the League of Honour were also present.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7TH – The annual speech day of the Godolphin School was held, when the certificates gained during the year were distributed to the, successful scholars by Sir Henry Newbolt. The gathering was attended by a large number of parents and friends. Canon Morrice presided, and was supported on the platform by the Hon. Lady Hulse, Miss Style, Miss Hussey, Sir Henry Newbolt, the Mayor (Mr. J. Macklin), Archdeacon Dundas, Canon Myers, Mr. J. M. Swayne, and the Headmistress (Miss Douglas).

At the outset, Miss Douglas said they had looked forward with a great deal of pleasure to seeing Lady Newbolt present to distribute the certificates, but she had just received a letter from her stating that her father had died, and therefore she was unable to be present. It was extremely kind of Sir Henry Newbolt to have attended, and she asked him to convey their deep sympathy to Lady Newbolt in her bereave­ment. Miss Douglas then asked the permission of the Governors of the School to send a cable to their Chairman, their own Field-Marshal, Lord Methuen, who was in Malta. conveying to him greetings from that gathering and good wishes in his great work there. (Ap­plause.)

Miss Douglas presented her report for the year. (Extracts from the Report):

The Health of the School – It is with great thankfulness that I am able to tell you that the health of the school has been very good. There were several cases of German measles earlier in the year, and a few cases of chicken-pox, but the Sanatorium has not been opened once this term, and during the past eight months has only been required for two cases of chicken pox.

The Number of Girls in the School – The school has been quite full all the year, with an average number of 215 girls. This term there are 218 – 144 being Boarders; and 74 Sarum House. There is a long waiting list.

The Regular Work of the School – It is no wonder in these stirring times that I am able to report that the school is shewing on the whole an increasing spirit of earnestness in work, and a greater inter st in trying to discover in what direction each one may best be able to be of service when school days are over. The weak places in our ranks which show a lack of thoroughness and perseverance are, I feel sure, not going to remain weak if the air around them is strong and bracing. The girls take no public examination until they reach the Lower VIth Form, at the age of 16 or 17, so that the work all the way up the school till then has a really good chance of being enjoyed for its own sake. At the same time, it is being done with a thoroughness on the part of teachers and girls that should make the examination test no great terror when it has to be undergone. I think my dislike of examinations in themselves is thoroughly well-known, and my work as a member of Examination Committees in London is always on the side of giving candidates a choice of subjects, and against what I believe is the fetish of making any subject compulsory, except perhaps the mother tongue. But as Ion- as examinations are there as the entrance gate to further education, training, or useful work in any field, we must just take them without making any needless fuss about them. We try to get them done in the Lower VIth, and then the last year at school feels delightfully free for working in any way that best suits the in­dividual. If a scholarship at a University is in view then that shapes the work for that particular girl, but scholarship work is highly in­teresting, and is sure to be in subjects for which there is natural inclination and aptitude. I will presently read the examination results, only saying now that all who took the Senior Cambridge Examination passed in every subject and gained the exemptions from other examinations which they were trying for. Besides the time-table work of the school, many other things take place which are particularly interesting, and certainly of educational value, such as the reading aloud competition for the reading badge, the house sinning compe­tition, the English literary Society, the French society, not to speak of the extraordinary value of the training, and the very great enjoyment of the games. All these things have been active during the past year. Since my last report we have had the following lectures and addresses, Mr. Shaw McLaren on the wonderful work of the Scottish Women’s Hospitals; Mr. Bedford Pym on National Flags; Miss Gray, the Headmistress of St. Paul’s Girls’ School, on teaching as a national service; Mr. Schooling on true patriotism; Miss Radford on the work of the Serbian refugees in Corsica, where she has been for eighteen months; Dr. Lloyd on Canada; and a very stirring address from the Assistant Chaplain-General to the Forces.

I must now speak of a new boarding-house which has been opened this term, as Mrs. Pope, who had been with us so many years, gave up her house to fill the important post of lady-superintendent of the Diocesan Training College of Fishponds, Bristol. Her girls at the Cedars were very sorry to lose her, but, have shown their loyalty to her good training by throwing themselves heart and soul into giving the new house a good start. Another thing that has helped to inspire this new house with the right feeling was the permission by cable from our own particular Field-Marshal, Governor of Malta, to call it Methuen House. So, there it is, a very happy house, with Mrs. Paulley in charge whilst her husband is abroad with the Forces, and Miss Chawner to help her. Another house must be specially mentioned. Miss Eastgate left us at the end of last term to join the W.A.A.C. after being the head of Oakhurst, and also giving delightful lessons in English literature in the school. Miss Waller, her helper at Oakhurst, left us at the same time, and is a House Mistress at Birkhamstead. Their places have been taken by Miss Hartnell, who has given up her im­portant post on the Staff of the Lincoln High School) to come and be the head of what was Oakhurst, and also to teach literature here. She is helped by an old friend of mine, Miss Brownrigg who has done such valuable work for children in South London. The name of the house has been changed from Oakhurst, which had no particular significance for us, and has been re-christened by Lady Hulse with the name of Hamilton House. We should have liked to call it Hulse House, but that name already belongs to the house given by Lady Hulse to social work in the city. She, therefore, chose Hamilton House, as being the name, which connects the Hulse family with Salisbury. She already speaks of it as her house, so we know what to expect of it! There are now seven houses, School House, founded by the will of Elizabeth Godolphin, who looks down upon us from that wall. Her will as to founding this school is engraven in stone in the cloisters of Westminster Abbey. Some hundred years later Sarum House came into being, or in other words, day girls were added to the little party of boarders. Between the years 1895 and 1917 St. Margaret’s, Nelson House, Fawcett House, Hamilton House, and Methuen House have been added to the school. The greater the number of Houses, the more important does it become that the larger School spirit shall mingle with and dominate the House spirit, to the avoidance of anything in the nature of clique or an unworthy kind of rivalry, and I am thank­ful to say that all the leading girls are at one with the Heads of the Houses and myself in this matter. Strong friendships are being made between girls belonging to different Houses and to give and take in work and games is heartily enjoined as part of the very salt of school life.
Yet another House must be mentioned, and that is the Mistresses’ House called Melbury, in Elm Grove-road. Two convenient houses have been thrown together this term and there 13 of the regular staff live, and Mrs. Bacchus has gone very near to accomplishing the im­possible by the masterly way in which she has secured their comfort at this time when housekeeping is so difficult.

The following is a list of awards:­
HONOURS, &C. OLD GIRLS:

Mary Gordon, who obtained a First in Greats at Oxford, has now gained the certificate of merit in letters, B. Litt. for a thesis on Greek oligarchies; Kathleen Connah, R.C.M. Council’s Exhibition for Piano (£8), R.C.M. Pauer Memorial Exhibition for Piano (£7 10s.), and R.C.M. Director’s Prize for Elocution. Marv Tracey, London University Matriculation; Honor Williams, Oxford Responsions; Monica Savory, Oxford Responsions.

PRESENT GIRLS:

(July) Oxford Responsions (Latin, Greek and Algebra), Cynthia Fletcher, Mary Eppstein. Oxford and Cambridge Joint Board: Higher Certificate, M. Ainslie, French, Botany History, English; M. Sinclair, French, Botany (completing certificate).

Senior Cambridge Local Examination. Eleven candidates took this examination, and all passed in every subject. Eight passed in all the subjects necessary to obtain exemption from the London Matriculation Examination. 2nd Class Honours, K. M. Hirst, English Essay and Literature, English History, Latin, French, Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra, Botany. 3rd Class Honours, M. M. Dalston, English Essay and Literature (v.g.), English History, Latin, French (distinguished), Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra, Botany. 3rd Class Honours, S. G. Lister, English Essay and Literature, English History, Latin, French, Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra, Botany. Pass, N. M. Blackett, English Essay (v.g.) and Literature, English History, French, Arith­metic, Geometry, Algebra, Botany. Pass, S. T. Wotton, English Essay and Literature (v.g.) English History, Latin, French, Arith­metic, Geometry, Algebra. Pass, S. A. Clive-Smith, English Essay and Literature (dist.), English History, French, Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra, Botany. Pass, D. M. Turner, English Essay and Literature, Latin, French, Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra, Botany. Pass, J. R. Chapman, English Essay and Literature, English History, Latin, French, Arithmetic (v.g.), Geometry, Algebra. Pass, V. M. M. Greene, English Essay and Literature (v.g.), English History (distinguished), French, Arithemetic, Botany. Pass, C. Mackworth, English Essay (v.(Y.) and Literature, English History, French, Arithmetic, Botany, Drawing. Pass, Y. S. Leys, English Essay and Literature, English History, French, Arithmetic, Botany.

Music – Local Centre of Associated Board (R.A.M. and R.C.M.) Ivy Moon has passed the Piano Higher Division of the Schools’ Examination of the Associated Board (Miss Coombs’ pupil). Advanced Grade. Violin, Joyce Carter (Miss N. Harding’s pupil); Intermediate. Violin, G. Bacchus (Miss Ward’s pupil).

Local Schools (R.A.M. and R.C.M.) Examiner, Mr. 1TcEwan. Violin Higher, Helen Livesey and Eileen Douglas. Violin Higher, Kathleen Sargeaunt and Mavis Leys; Cello Lower, Vera Leys; Piano Higher, Mary Rose, Muriel Harris and Mavis Leys; Piano Lower, Evelyn Birney, and Barbara Mules; Piano Primary, Kitty Earle.

Miss Fanny Davies. Prize N. Figgis. Awards of Merit, Mary Dalston, Helen Theodosius, Lilly Shannon, Margaret Chilton, and Marjory Glynn. Highly commended, Felicite Monier-Williams, Mavis Leys. Commended, Hilda Elworthy, Phyllis Clarke and Wenonah Wood.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 10TH – Miss F. Davies’ Concert. (See Special Notice.)
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11TH – We heard that Jerusalem had been taken by the British Forces. Miss Douglas told us at prayers, and we gave thanks that after all these centuries the Holy City is now in the hands of a Christian Nation.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12TH – Mark Reading in the afternoon. The various Challenge Cups were presented, and Miss F. Davies prize was won this year by Betty Buxton. Awards of merit gained by Mar­garet Walker, Lit Taylor, Cath Harrison, Lettice Jenkins, M. Dalston. Highly Commended, F. Monier-Williams, C. Coombs. Commended, Ivy Moon.
Tidy Marks -Form Room Cup. No marks lost by Up. VI., Up. Sp. VI., Low. VI., Low. Sp. VI., Low. V.B., Low. IV., Cloak Room picture won by Up. Sp. VI.
Sight Reading Music Competition – Hamilton House top.
Gardening poem cup won by M. Blackett; gardening picture won by School House; red girdle picture, Lower School, won by Lower IV.; red girdle cup, Upper School, won by Up. VI. and Up. V.
Reading Competition. School House top.

Miss Douglas said a few words to the girls about their journeys and how they were to be as helpful and steady as possible, giving no unnecessary trouble to the railway officials in these difficult times. She then told them to try and have very happy holidays by making other people happy. She then wished good-bye to those leaving: ­
Matron, who has been such a tremendous help to everybody and will not only be missed very much indeed by School House but by the whole school.
Miss Maunsell, who has given such capital help since she has been with us, must have a little share in the big clap for Matron. She then gave her very best wishes to all the girls leaving this term, M. Blackett and K. Hirst from Hamilton House; M. Sini, L. Plunkett, L. Box, B. Fagge, from Fawcett House; M. Newson and M. Constable, Sarum House; M. Howes, from St. Margaret’s; and K. Earle, from Nelson House. Miss Douglas finished by reminding us of the different ad­dresses we had had the great privilege of hearing this term, speaking so forcibly again and again of the influence of women and girls, and she reminded us that it always matters much more what we are than what we do. It is character which tells, and it is now, during school days, we must form our characters if we want to be capable of exercising that tremendous influence for good which our country expects of us.

News of Old Mistresses and Girls – Christmas Term 1917

Monica Savory tells us that she passed Responsions in July, so hopes to go to St. Hugh’s next October. She is now working at the Warwick Record Office. She says: “A great deal of the work has to do with the casualties, and in one section they send out the notice to the next ­of kin when the men are killed or wounded. We get in all the documents belonging to the men, their attestations, medical histories, wills, &c., and we keep a record of all their military service, wounds, medals, campaigns, and all particulars about their families.”

Dorothy Lowe, writing about the usual date for Commem, says “I feel to-day we ought all to be travelling Salisbury roads,” She had had a lovely week-end with Joe Hensley, and had run up against Naomi Peak and had also come across May Dickinson at the massage examinations. She has got her first massage post at Cambridge in the 1st Eastern General Hospital, 24 big wards all huts. She says her brother was near Arras with a search light.

Eva Tatham is still a Clerk in the 4th Southern General Hospital at Plymouth. Her uncle has been made a Brigadier-General and head of all Naval and Marine Recruiting at the Admiralty. She says she was given 24 hours’ leave, so was able to be bridesmaid to Phillipa Murray (nee Kitchener). Phillipa’s husband is in the R.F.C. and in Palestine.

Mary Gordon, obtained the Certificate of Merit in Letters (equivalent to the B. Litt.) for her thesis on Greek Oligarchies at Oxford. She says “My Oxford life seems quite far away now after a term in Man­chester. I am very happy indeed here, and like the school and the girls and my work and my colleagues very much.”

Dorothy Kent writes from Durham. She says she and Joan Shorto meet and talk Godolphin. Her brother, who has had to be put into C3 Class owing to a bad knee, is now in the High Commissioner’s Office in London. She gives an interesting account of the soldiers’ huts in Durham, and says how busy every body is preparing eggs, salads, vegetables, fruit, sandwiches, cake, tea, coffee, and cocoa.

Isabel Rennie is working in the laundry of the Hospital at Sidmouth, and says the laundry work she learnt in LoweriV. has come in very useful.

Chrissy Leslie-Jones (nee Baskett) is leaving her home in Lahore, as the following notice will explain. We congratulate her upon her husband’s appointment to the Principalship of the Mayo College: ­”Your readers have already learnt of the appointment of Mr. F. A. Leslie-Jones to the Principalship of the Mayo College, Ajmer, and Mrs. and Mr. Leslie-Jones’ consequent departure from Lahore, where they have resided for thirteen years. It is difficult to think of a change which could occasion more widespread regret in the Province. As head of the institution through which the scions of the leading Indian families pass on their way to manhood. Mr. Leslie-Jones has, of course, played a very important role in the political life of the Punjab, and his loss will be a very real one to Indians. The active part moreover which lie and his wife have taken in promoting sport among the European community in the Capital, and their untiring support of all social in­stitutions and undertakings have been so very marked that their places will be very difficult to fill. A cricket week without ‘L.J.’ and a Punjab tennis tournament without Mrs. Leslie-Jones will be hard to imagine. Still Ajmer is not so very far away, and we may see something of them occasionally.”

Ruth Strange is nursing at The Anglo-Russia Hospital, Petrograd, Stephanie Strange is about to commence work with the motor trans­port, the small V.A.D. Hospital where they were previously working being temporarily closed.

P. Turner sends an interesting account of her first term at St. Paul’s School. She has gone into the VI. 3 Form and likes her work very much. If she gets her remove next year she is expected to take the Senior Cambridge. She says she has spoken to Miss Ash, she also says “I am getting up a little party which we call the Godolphin Re-union. We are asking as many Old Godolphinites as we can collect to lunch and tea on November 18th. Yvorne Leys is helping us. There is Miss Hymans de Tiel and Dacre Alexander and Eva Bartruni, from the Medical School, and Jean Chapman and Phyllis Clark live quite near us. I am so looking forward to it.”

Gladys Scott says: “This is just a very short letter to tell you that I am going to Paris next seek to be secretary to a great friend of my chief (who is still in India). He is running the Y.M.C.A. for the American troops. I think the work should be very interesting, and he writes that there is plenty of it!”

Nancy Humphries is nursing in the Royal Naval Hospital, Truro. She has been there since the Hospital opened nearly two years ago and likes it very much. Olive Prater cooks at a Red Cross Hospital in Budleigh Salterton.

Phyllis Codwin is learning how to drive an ambulance. She hopes to drive the wounded straight from Southampton to hospitals in Winchester.

Kathleen Sargeaunt is getting on splendidly with her cooking and housecraft at Malvern.
Lilly Shannon is living in London and preparing for a secretary’s post.
Nancy Northcroft is going on with her music and helping at home.

Katharine Hulbert is among the Wiltshire nurses whose names have been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War for valu­e able services rendered in connection with the war.

S. Yorke is working for a degree in Agriculture at St. Andrew’s Hall, Reading, and she much enjoys the training.

J. Hinxman is busy helping at home, where she takes some of the lessons in the morning and works at a Red Cross Hospital in the after­noons.

M. Holmes is orderly at Longford Castle Hospital.
C. Preece is nursing in the officers’ ward at Queen Mary’s Hospital for Women in London.
L. Poynton packs for the A.O.D. voluntary workers at Didcot near her home, and meets Ursula Armitage at the same work.

Lucy Seton, having had previous training, went as V.A.D. to Drum­tochty Castle, Kincardineshire, when war broke out, it being lent as a V.A.D. Hospital. When it closed a year afterwards, she came to Edinburgh, and worked in a private nursing home for some months. From Edinburgh she went to the hospital at Balham and was there till August, 1916, and then proceeded to St. Paul’s Hospital at Malta. She remained there till it was re-organised as the 63rd General Hospital and sent to Salonika. She re-engaged with it and accompanied it to Salonika, where she now is, for, at any rate, a further period of six months.

Constance Wollastan, after doing various odd war jobs, was trained as a policewoman, and was sent to Gretna Munition Factory, and thence to Carlisle. She was promoted Sergeant, June, 1917. She was moved shortly afterwards to East Riggs, Dumfriesshire. She was obliged to resign at the end of September as she was ill, but after a period of rest and convalescence with friends in Scotland, she was appointed Assistant Welfare Superintendent at Elswick Works, Newcastle-on­Tyne, at the end of October, 1917.

Margaret Fawcett, who has been in Russia with the Scottish Women’s Hospital Unit. has received a medal, and we send her through the maga­zine our heartiest congratulations. In writing to her mother she says “We had a visit before nine o’clock this morning from Prince Dolgo­roudoff and several Generals and we were all given medals ; they are silver with orange and black ribbon.”

We also congratulate May Wyld (Florence Maria Wyld), Member of; the Order of the British Empire. For work in the Secunderabad Hospitals for sick and wounded from Mesopotamia.

Ena de Jersey sends a, very interesting account from Guildford of her work in a hostel for National Service Girls working. on the land. She says “This hostel started on June 14th as a training centre, but now that the colder weather has set in it is more of a depot where they come whilst waiting for places. My friend, Miss Perrean, is the superintendent and I am her A.D.C.; in other words. I am the house parlormaid, general bottle washer, and her secretary into the bargain. I simply love the life, though it is pretty hard work. There is no time to be bored with its monotony, as we live in a perpetual state of never knowing what is going to happen next. On the whole we have some very nice girls. They are mostly drawn from the servant class, they wear the breeches and overalls and are called by their surnames. The day’s work is as follows: Getting up bell at 6 a.m., breakfast at 6.45, then one girl stays at home each day to help in the house, which has to be done from top to bottom every day, the girls have to be on the farms at 8 a.m., and they take their lunches with them; they knock off work at 5 p.m., and come home for a big meal at 6 o’clock, known as tea, though they have meat and pudding and cups of tea.”

May Bailey writes: “At present, I am working at the County Second­ary School, Wolverton, Bucks, as an assistant mistress. I have full charge of the domestic work, which includes cookery, housewifery, laundry and needlework. For this work I have a special building adjoining the school, which is quite new. This work was not done in the school previous to my appointment. As all forms (I.-VI.) take domestic work, most of my time is occupied with it. The Food Control Committee for this district arranged for war lectures on economy in food to be given in this neighbourhood and district. These lectures they kindly invited me to give, I have just completed them, three a week for the last seven weeks.

A. Currey is working hard with Girl Guides in Capetown.
W. Harvey-Jones is also doing excellent work with Girl Guides at Bexhill.
P. Riddle has gone to Miss Jones at Grahamstown to teach mathematics in her school.
B. Knowles is housemaid in a hospital at Harpenden
S. and H. Toms go alternate months to the officers’ hospital at Watermouth Castle. ‘
E. Charlton (Brown) is living in Maida Vale, her husband is in hospital in London.
D. Wilson is driving the Salisbury Red Cross Ambulance.
Miss Ashford has gone for six months to a military hospital in Norfolk.

Miss Fairclough has been moved to Alexandria and is taking charge of the invalid kitchen at the 78th General Hospital. It is a Convalescent Hospital, and she starts her day by making 47 pints of “Benger.” All milk having to be boiled on paraffin New Perfection stoves, and she only has six burners!

M Saunders, Irene Morrice and H. C. Livesay are kitchen maids at the Salisbury Red Cross Hospital.

A. Hubbock (Parish) is living in Glasgow and helping in the War Depot.
L. Delacombe is still working at munitions at “Park Royal.” Her particular work is overlooking the girls who are making cartridges.
D. Moore is working at the Art School in Edinburgh.
Enid Carter has gone to Paris to be with her father for six months.
Miss Luce and Miss Williamson are both teaching at the “Ladies’ College” in Jersey.

Miss Ralph is to be house mistress of a new boarding house at Miss Jones’ School in Grahamstown.
M. Knowles goes to the Y.M.C.A. canteens at week-ends and also works at a War Depot at Harpenden.

Janet Dennison is working as Quartermaster’s Orderly at Christ­church V.A.D. Hospital, and loves the work.

Helen Theodosius is studying the Froebel system of teaching in order to take up kindergarten work. She is also hoping to continue her music with Miss Fanny Davies, but at present is not allowed to use one of her wrists for playing.

Madge Glynn is studying shorthand and typewriting to fit herself for secretarial work.

Rosamond Burne (Wolley-Dodd) sends a jolly photograph of her little girl aged 16 months, and has a wee son too now. She says Marjorie is nursing in Cheshire, and Nancy is a V.A.D. in France.

K. Lewis tells of her jolly family of boys all enjoying their life on the farm at Bentley and helping to cut up between 16 and 30 bushels of swedes a day. Her husband has got the D.S.O. and was twice mentioned in despatches last year. We heartily congratulate her and him.

Vera Morrison is working every day on a farm, milking and butter making; and poultry, taking a man’s place, and her baby is all the better for living in the country. Her address is Elmbrook, Clear Down, Woking.
Ivy Hutchins is nursing at Chatham.
Norah Montgomery is very busy at canteen work, clerk’s cafe, and packing parcels for prisoners.

Quite a large company of Godolphinites are at the School of Medicine: Miss Hynams de Tiel, Merell Middlemore, Dacre Alexander, Eva Bartram, Dolly Turner.

Miss Wyld and Mrs. Everett “We said good-bye as usual to Miss Wyld before the Christmas holidays, and we were destined never to see her again. The loss, however, was compensated for by the punctual arrival of Mrs. Everett at the beginning of the term. We celebrated the exchange on the first, morning of the term by a prolonged and hearty clap for (xciwra1 and i1lrs. Everett, and again through the pages of the magazine we want to convey to them our very heartiest best wishes. General Everett has gone back to Salonika after his short leave, and Fawcett House has been able to welcome Mrs. Everett back for a time.

OLD GIRLS AT THE UNIVERSITIES – Christmas Term 1917

OXFORD
St. Hugh’s Ursula Armitage.
Lady Margaret’s Hall: Vera Joscelyn, Margaret Stevens Guille, Honor Williams, Phyllis Brook Smith.

CAMBRIDGE
Newnham: Doris Collier, Barbara Niven, Peggie Deanslely.
Margaret Stevens Guille has just “gone down” to do mathematical work in the Government Aeroplane Works. Five women were asked for from the University.

 

Commemoration, 1917 – Christmas Term 1917

On Saturday, September 29th, we celebrated Commem, (in spite of the fact that we had no Old Girls with us), beginning, the day with the Early Service at St. Martin’s taken by Mr. Cameron.
At 9.30 we had the school Commemoration Service with the hymn for Absent Friends.
At 5.30 the whole school assembled in the Hall for speeches (sug­gested by Miss Mixer) and games. It was a great pleasure to see Lady Hulse and Miss Hussey on the platform, while we were very sorry that Miss Style was unable to be present. Miss Douglas, after reading a telegram of good wishes from Miss Thicknesse, told us about the past history of the school, reading us many extracts from old diaries. The school started with 22 girls, among whom were Evelyn Bloom (Mrs. Leys); Miss Fussell and Miss Wyld. She ended by paying a tribute to the good work done by Godolphin Old Girls all over the world at this time.
Miss Westlake next spoke of the games of the school, and of their difficulties in the days before we got our present grounds. After telling us of the first house matches and of new houses gradually appearing to take part in the competitions, site proposed tile health of the games of the school.
Miss Wyld followed with some very amusing reminiscences of the School as she first knew it.
Miss Awdry then told us of the music of the school, concluding with a warm appreciation of her former head-mistress Miss Andrews.
Miss Lucy, in the final speech, told us of former proper Comments. giving an amusing account of that in 1907, when the Old Girls acted “The Rose and the Ring.”
We then had claps for Miss Douglas and the Mistresses and ended a very enjoyable evening with games.

C. FLETCHER

The W.A.A.C – Christmas Term 1917

I have been asked to give some account of my present work for the Godolphin Magazine, so I will do my best for the readers thereof, though I find it very difficult to give any idea of this sort of life on paper. People often say to me: “Now, what do you do?” and I generally answer that it would be more to the point to say What do you not do?” One has to be a dabbler in so many things in order to be ready to answer questions that crop up at every turn. At the moment I am Head of a Hostel at Saltley, Birmingham, where I have about 140 women at present. They have all joined the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, i.e. the Women’s Army which, releases the men to do the work which women cannot. They are substitutes for men in many capacities, clerks, cooks, waitresses, motor mechanics, aero­plane makers, &c., &c. This particular Hostel is a Depot or draft­ finding Hostel, i.e. the women are sent straight here to be uniformed and drilled-for a time, before being sent out to work in the various camps where they are urgently needed. The work is very interesting though very exacting, and quite different from anything one has ever done before. Who would have thought, five years ago, of women being obliged to make the acquaintance of Army ways and Army forms in all their variety and all their complexity? But this is only one side of the work.
Saltley is not a beautiful place. It is full of munition and other works. It is smoky, sunless, and treeless. It is foggy and cold. Nevertheless, we are too busy to think much about its lack of colour and cheerfulness. I have been here six weeks now and regretted greatly that we were obliged to leave our little camp at Sutton Veney, where we spent two happy months. We are homesick for it still. Perhaps it is a case of “the last ship.”
There are still a number of people who do not know what the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps is, and some who say rather foolish things about it in consequence. It has a very great many members already, but we want a great many more. Thousands of men are wanted still, and as long as they are asked for, women will be wanted to replace them. It is the biggest women’s movement ever organized. There is a demand particularly for girls who have been trained in Public Schools and know how to use their brains. They would be invaluable as clerks. If any of them are typists they are still more invaluable. It should never be thought that this movement is for one class of woman more than another. It is for all sorts and conditions, and here is a very practical way for all women to shew their patriotism.

C. EASTGATE.

The W.V.R. – Christmas Term 1917

Our Editor has asked me to write something about the Women’s Volunteer Reserve for the Magazine, so I shall endeavour to give a few facts.
“The W.V.R. is an organisation of trained disciplined women ready to assist the State in any capacity.”
The Reserve, including the various branches throughout the country, numbers approximately 8000 strong. It is run on the lines of a military institution, having Mrs. W. M. Charlesworth, Colonel of the W.V.R., as its Commanding Officer. Under her come Majors, Captains and so on, down to the rank and file.
A recognised uniform is worn-khaki Norfolk coat and skirt, felt hat, bronze hat badge, and shoulder straps with W.V.R. in bronze lettering.
Anyone may become a recruit, provided she is between the ages of 18 and 50. Cadet Corps are formed in connection with the Reserve, the age limit being from 14 to 18.
All promotion is strictly through the ranks, with examination for commissions. A private who has done good work and has a good influence is made an N.C.O., but after getting her stripe, she has to prove her capability for authority, and if she fails to do so, she will undoubtedly lose it again. Commissioned officers have to pass examinations, and train in the O.T.C.
N.C.O. appointments are made by the Company Commander with the C.O.’s sanction. These appointments cannot be of the same interest or importance to the whole W.V.R. as are those of officers, for no one can become a full officer until a warrant has been received from the highest authority of the Reserve, Colonel Charlesworth.
I, personally, belong to the London Battalion, which is divided into Companies A, B, C, &c., mine being “H” Company.
We drill twice a week oil the lines of the Infantry Drill Book, and volunteer for canteen work, orderly work at hospitals, air raid duty and stewarding at public functions.
There is a Captain and a Lieutenant to each Company, with a Sergeant­ Major and N.C.O.’s.
On alternate Saturday afternoons we drill as a Battalion, the several companies forming platoons. There are about 500 girls in the London Battalion. Sometimes we vary the drills by going route marches through London and Hyde Park.
A short time ago, we had the pleasure of being photographed for the cinema whilst marching past the South Kensington Museum.
Now winter is upon us, we are no longer able to drill in Hyde Park, where crowds of all description used to watch us, and we have to drill in Halls instead. Both have advantages and disadvantages. One disadvantage, if it may be so called, of having to drill indoors is that we have to hire the Halls. The W.V.R. is greatly in need of help for such expenses as this. It is also in great need of more Motor Ambulances, as so much of its work is ambulance work.
Daily, we meet the Red Cross trains, and convey the wounded to their respective hospitals. After raids, our Stretcher Squads go out and bring in the wounded and dead. I wonder if the Godolphin School of the past and present would help by giving the W.V.R. a Motor Ambulance. I have not words to tell you how much it would be welcomed. I know what a lot you are always doing for war work, but can’t you make just another mighty effort and help us by subscriptions? Even if you can only manage to help in a small way, we shall be grateful, for “every little helps”, and you would have our deepest gratitude.

HILDA BROUGH.