The Great War – Summer Term 1917

At this moment it is probably more difficult, than at any previous time for the ordinary individual, and possibly also for those who know most, to have any opinion worth having as to how long the war is likely to last. We only know for certain that it will come to an end, and that that has not happened yet. We must, therefore, surely concentrate heart and mind and will on doing ” with all our might,” whatever our hands find to do that may hasten the time of victory and peace, and may alleviate the suffering of those at home and abroad who are having the heaviest burdens to bear. Some of these are present or past members of the School, and our sympathy goes out to them in their pride and their sorrow. Many more are not known to us personally, but we are all brothers and sisters at this time, and let us make the most of the common bond that binds us all together, and the closer we lay hold of it the more we shall give and shall receive of vital energy, of patient calmness, of strong faith and hope, and of dauntless, enduring courage. which shall at last know the joy of victory through suffering.


The Roll of Honour – Summer Term 1917

BANHAM – Gerald Banham, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry brother of Ethel Banham.
BELL – Mark Bell, cousin of Bell, Florrie and Peggy Fagge
BLOUNT – Clavell Blount, African Horse, uncle of M. Blount.
COLLIER – Ronald Collier, Torpedo Commander, friend of K. Ellis
DAVIES – Arthur Davies, Royal Wilts Yeomanry, cousin of G. B. and P. Pinniger.
DYSON – Hubert Dyson. East Kents, cousin of Doreen Caton.
ELAM – Charles Elam, 12th Yorks and Lanes., brother of Helen Elam.
ELWORTHY – Tom Elworthy, R.E., Air Line, brother of Hilda Elworthy.
ELWORTHY – Edward Elworthy, R.E., brother of Hilda Elworthy.
EPPSTEIN – Maurice William Wallace Eppstein, R.N.A.S., brother of Mary Eppstein.
GOSSE – Robert Gosse, Cheshires, brother of Eileen Gosse.
GRANT – Humphrey Grant, R.F.A., cousin of Nellie Kenyon.
HALL – Hugh Wilfred Hall, 2/3rd London Regiment, cousin of Miss Parson.
HARVEY-JONES Maynard Harvey-Jones, Worcesters, brother of Dorothy Harvey-Jones.
HOLLAND – Alfred Holland, Canadians, cousin of Miss Atkinson.
LAWRENCE – George Lawrence, cousin of Fay Monier-Williams.
LOWTHER – Tom Lowther, 4th Lancashire Fusiliers, cousin of Monica Savory.
MAY – Paul May, attached Warwick Regiment, brother of Grace May.
MAUNSELL – Robert Maunsell, 1st 7th Hants, T.R.E., brother of Miss Maunsell.
MULES – Horace Mules, 130th Baluchis, brother of Barbara Mules.
NORRIS – William Norris, 9th West Yorks, friend of Miss E. Young.
PENNELL – Harry Pennell, of H.M.S. Duke, of Edinburgh, cousin of Miss Atkinson.
ROOKE – Charles Rooke, Tasmanian Expeditionary Force, uncle of R. and M. Ainslie and M. Stevens-Guille.
SAVILL – Roland Savill, Queen’s Westminsters, cousin of Peggy Savill.
DE SINCAY – Pierre de Sincay, French Artillery, cousin of Phoebe Blunt.
SKYRME – Richard Skyrme, 1st Wilts, brother of Barbara Skvrme.
SYMONS – Killed in action April 30th, Lieutenant-Colonel (Acting ­Colonel) Frank A. Symons, C.M.G., D.S.O., Assistant Director of Medical Services, the beloved husband of Dorothy Symons (The Close, Salisbury).
SHORT – Lieutenant-Colonel William Ambrose Short, C.M.G., R.F.A., killed on June 21st. He obtained a commission in the Royal Artillery in February, 1890, and passed 17 years of his service in India, during which time he served with various units, among them C Battery, R.H.A. He went to the front with the Expeditionary Force in command of a battery in August, 1914, and was promoted Lieutenant Colonel in April, 1915. He was mentioned three times in dispatches, and was awarded the C.M.G, in January, 1916.
WARE – Eric Wallace Ware, Royal Wilts Yeomanry, brother of Dorothy Ware.
WALKER – Henry Walker, 4th Black Watch, father of Nancy and Margaret Walker.
WESTLAKE – Jack Westlake, R.F.C., nephew of Miss Westlake.
GARONS-WILLIAMS – Richard Garnons-Williams, 12th Royal Fusiliers, father of B. and K. Garnons-Williams.

Jottings From the School Diary – Summer Term 1917


Wednesday, January 23rd.-School re-opened. Miss Douglas wel­comed the School, and hoped everyone had had refreshing holidays. The Rules were read, and Miss Douglas emphasized the fact that, although there were few written Rules, yet there were many un-written ones.

Monday January 29th. – Miss Gillman, Miss Hancock and Margaret Chilton told the School about the Mission Treat, which was given in the Christmas Holidays.

Our “rations” began at School. To simplify accounts each House provides biscuits for its girls, the Prefect giving them out at Break.

Saturday February 17th. – Two concerts were given in the Hall by Miss Nellie Harding, in aid of the “Prisoners of War” Fund.

Monday February 26th. – Mrs. Shaw McLaren gave a delightful Lecture to the School about the wonderful work of the Scottish Women’s Hospitals in Serbia. France and Russia.

March 1st. – We heard that -Mary Tracey had passed the London Matriculation.

Saturday March 31st. – There was a Concert, for wounded soldiers.

Friday, March 9th – Mr. Bedford Pym gave an amusing and interest­ing Lecture on Flags. He told us about the origin of Flags, and also about the history of the Union Jack.

Saturday March 25th – An excellent Concert was given by some Belgian Artistes. All the proceeds went to St. Dunstan’s National Institute for the Blind, as Lady Hulse had kindly paid for the ex­penses.

Monday March 19th – Miss Hancock gave us an account of the Annual Meeting of the General Council of Representatives of the United Girls’ Schools’ Mission.

Friday March 30th – A very beautiful Confirmation Service was held in the Cathedral for the School.

Saturday March 31st – Miss Douglas and Miss Prosser had a Meeting of the whole School, to make plans for the Sale. The first announce­ment of the Sale was published in the local Paper.

Saturday March 1st. – The General Knowledge Examination took place. (See special notice.)

Monday April 2nd. – Mark Reading.
Cloak Room Picture was won by Upper VI. and Upper VD. with no marks lost.
Form Room Cup was won by Upper VL and I., with no marks lost.
Finished Books. – Lower VD. was best with 81 per cent. Lower VI. being second with 75 per cent.
Lacrosse Pins were won by Y. Leys, Y. Chapman, E. Lea, N. Northcroft, E. Hudson, P. Clarke, M. Sim, J. Hinxman, S. Wotton, C. Mackworth and P. Du Buisson.

Then Miss Douglas spoke of the following leaving girls:

School House – P. Permewan.
St. Margaret’s – H. Elworthy and M. Vines.
New Forest – M. Glynn and E. Aspray.
Sarum – H. Livesey, K. Griffin, J. Lang, M. Davies, B. Carew, P. Gubbins, V. Stayner and C. Holford.

The special word which Miss Douglas had for those who were leaving School was “Service.” To do service to God and man, and to see in what way one was fitted for that service. “Be among those who can be counted on, those whom people are glad to get hold of to help them, because they are reliable. Read and think, leave trash behind, aim high; and watch and pray.”


Jottings From the School Diary – Summer Term 1917


Wednesday May 2nd – Miss Douglas spoke of the beautiful promise of Spring; how life was throbbing and breathing all around us, and how we must make a tremendous effort to throw the best of us into our work and play and all that we do, and to do what we do thoroughly. She told us that “Alan became a living soul,” pulsating with life and energy, and that we must throw our energy into every bit of work we do. We heard that J. Carter and G. Bacchus had both passed their Music Examinations successfully, also that K. Connah had won a Council Exhibition at the Royal College of Music.

Saturday, May 5th – Some Artistes, who have been visiting the Camps, gave a free Concert in the School Hall.

Monday, May 7th – One hundred girls in 5 shifts of 20, went to plant potatoes in 70 allotments belonging to widows and soldiers’ wives. The work was finished in three days instead of four, as expected.

Thursday, May 10th – Work for the day stopped at four o’clock, and the Forms went to different places for expeditions. Everyone had a delightful time.

Monday May 14th – The Sing Competition took place. Dr. Alcock very kindly came to judge. School House won the Shield, with a total of 72 marks out of a maximum of 100. Nelson was second with 62 marks.

We heard that Margaret Fawcett, who is working with one of the Scottish Women’s Hospital Units, has been presented with a Medal for service rendered to Romanian wounded. Extract from Margaret’s letter: “We had a visit before nine o’clock this morning from Prince Dolgoroukoff and several Generals, and they gave us all Medals. They are silver with orange and black ribbon.”

Tuesday, May 15th – Lady Hulse gave the School two beautiful volumes of “Shakespeare’s England,” an account of the life and man­ners of his time.

Wednesday, May 16th – Rogation Day. The School joined in the procession at St. Martin’s and walked round the Parish. Prayers were offered at the allotments.

Thursday. May 17th – Ascension Day. We went, as usual, to the eight o’clock Celebration at St. Martin’s. The younger ones had their Ascension Day Service with Miss Lucy. The rain came, which put all thoughts of a picnic at Old Sarum out of the question. However, we spent a very jolly afternoon in the Hall playing games. We ended the day with a short Service at School. The Sale of Work fills much of our time and thought. Three evenings a week and two hours oil Saturday are given to working for it.

Thursday, May 24th – Empire Day. Miss Douglas gave us a short address at Morning Prayers about Empire Day, and at 12 o’clock we assembled to hear the King’s Proclamation read and to sing “God Save the King.” In the afternoon, we went for House Picnics.

Monday, May 28th – Miss Gray, High Mistress of St. Paul’s Girls’ School, spoke on the importance of teaching as National Service. (See special notice.)

Wednesday, May 30th – The Junior Literary Club met in the Wilderness garden, and Forms I, II, III. and Lower IV., acted original plays to a much-delighted audience. (See special notice.)

Thursday, May 31st – We went for House picnics. The weather was perfect and everyone enjoyed herself. School and Fawcett played off their Cricket Match, as Fawcett had been invited to Breamore on Saturday.

Thursday. June 7th – The Annual School Service was held In Southwark Cathedral. Owing to the war, we could not send any representatives. We had special Collects and a Collection at Morning Prayers £1 2s. 5d.

Tuesday, June 5th – A Service in memory of Lord Kitchener and those who have fallen in the war was held. Lady Hulse spoke. (See special notice.)

Wednesday, June 20th– Miss Douglas told us at Morning Prayers that Peggy Deanesley won a Fellowship at Newnham College: ­”The following Fellowship, have been awarded at Newnham College The Mary Bateson Fellowship to Miss M. Deanesley, who proposes to conclude and publish her historical work upon `The Wvcliffite Bible: Its Antecedents and Its Fate,’ and to write and publish a further monograph upon `Religious Education from the 10th to the 14th Century.'”

Godolphin Sale Day – Summer Term 1917

Lady Radnor, having been asked by Miss Douglas to open the sale, said that for many reasons it was with the greatest possible pleasure that she accepted the invitation. Everyone knew the objects of the sale-the British Red Cross branch, which worked in Salisbury, and Queen Mary’s Needlework Guild; both working, as they knew, for one and the same object in different ways, one occupied in the actual care of the wounded, and the other providing gifts for their care in the way of bandages, clothing and work of all kinds. The branches of these two societies had been at work in Salisbury practically ever since the outbreak of war. She did not think: it needed any words to commend them, either to people in Salisbury or to visitors from the neigh­bourhood. Many of those whom she saw before her had worked, not day by day, but year by year for these objects. They had worked in an unobtrusive and unadvertised way, and had gone on persistently and quietly doing their utmost for this great cause. A cause like this could not be supported without moneys, and sales and entertainments were held with that object in view. She hoped that those present would be able to spend money and reward the ladies who had under­taken to provide three articles which she saw set out upon the stall. From a personal point of view also she had particular pleasure in attending, as it had been her privilege to have a hospital for a certain part of the time during this terrible war, and she knew, perhaps in a more intimate way than many of them, what the work of these societies had been, and how generous their help was, to those who were working for wounded. She knew that no appeal of hers to the British Red Cross Society had ever failed to bring a response, and that the ladies who had worked for Queen Mary’s Needlework Guild had been unsparing in the supplies which they had given in response to the requests coming from hospitals like hers and others. The grounds in which the sale was being held had been lent by Miss Douglas. who had placed all the resources of the School and her own great organising power at their disposal. She would like to say that old pupils of Godolphin School had worked for her. She had had many nurses passing through her hospital, and nearly all of them were old pupils of the Godolphin School. Their work was an example to all girls who were growing up, and who in future might have to work as the old pupils are working now. Theirs had been unselfish work in the most heartfelt, open-handed way; they had not stinted themselves of time or trouble, and she really could not say too much for the work they, were doing. For all these reasons it was a great pleasure to have been asked to open the sale. She congratulated them on the weather, on the arrangements, and on the prospect of the entertainment that lay before them.




2.30 p.m. THE COUNTESS OF RADNOR will open the Sale in the School Grounds (one day only). Entrance 1s.
Stall-holders-Lady Sclater, the Hon. Mrs. Skeffington Smyth and Mrs. Hope Johnstone, Mrs. Leys, the Godolphin School.
3.30 p.m. CONCERT in School Hall.
Singer: Miss Judith Alcock. Cellist: Mr. Purcell Jones. Orchestra Conductor: Miss Nellie Harding.
(Tickets 2s. 6d., at Messrs. Foley, Aylward and Spinney, Canal).
4.30 pm. RATION TEA, under the direction of Mrs. Bingham.
5 pm. JUMBLE SALE. Entrance to Grounds 6d.
8 pm. CONCERT (Second Performance).


8.30 to 9.45 p.m. HISTORICAL SCENES (XV. and XVI. Centuries).
Elizabeth Woodvil in Sanctuary. A Conversation with Queen Elizabeth. Songs from Shakespeare.
(Tickets 2s. 6d. from Messrs. Foley, Aylward and Spinney, Canal).



Symphony No, 35 Mozart ” Allegro con spirito”
(a) “Requiem” S. Homer
(b) “The Roadside Fire” Vaughan Williams
” Waltz” from Serenade Op. 48 Tschaikowsky
La Veillee de L’Ange Gardien” Pierne
Violoncello Solos
(a) “Legende Pastorale” B. Godard
(b) ” Papillon ” David Popper
” Lento” Handel
(a) “To Daisies” Roger Quilter
(b) “O Mistress Mine”
“Mock Morris” Percy Grainger


SCENE I ELIZABETH WOODVIL IN SANCTUARY. (Adapted from Sir Thomas More’s “Pitiful Reign of Edward V.”)
Characters: Elizabeth Woodvil, the little Duke of York, the Cardinal Archbishop, Lord Thomas Howard, and other Lords of the Council.
The Protector, Richard Duke of Gloucester, desiring to obtain control of the little Duke of York, as well as of his brother, Edward V., sends the Cardinal Archbishop with some Lords of the Council to the widowed queen, Elizabeth Woodvil, who, because of the troubles following the death of her husband, has taken refuge with all her household in Sanctuary at Westminster. Filled with foreboding on hearing the purpose of the Cardinal’s visit, the mother uses every argument at her command to retain the child, and finally, fearing that resistance is useless, she surrenders him with a pathetic appeal to the Archbishop for the safe keeping of both the children.

Song … “Lawn as white as driven snow” … Traditional
Song … “Blow, blow thou winter wind” … Arne
Song … “Under the greenwood tree ” … Arne
Song and Chorus, “Come unto these yellow sands ” … Purcell
Song … “It was a lover and his lass ” … Morley
Song … “Who is Sylvia?” … Schubert
Song … “Willow song ” … Sullivan
Unaccompanied Trio, “O happy fair” … Shield
Trio … “Orpheus with his lute” … E. German
Duet … “O Mistress mine” … Brewer

(Adapted from the Diary of Sir James Melvil).
Queen Elizabeth, Sir James Melvil, Ladies-in-Waiting.
Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, desiring to know the true mind of her cousin, Elizabeth, dispatched into England Sir James Melvil, who remained for ten days, holding frequent interviews with the Queen and writing a full report in his diary for the Queen of Scots. In the present scene the conversation follows the original strictly, with the exception of one or two connecting phrases; but for stage purposes. one interview has been arranged from several.
The Pavane which closes the scene is danced to the old song, “Belle qui tient ma vie.”

After weeks of preparation on the part of Mistresses and girls in spare time, in the evenings, on Saturdays, in the Easter Holidays and in Studio hours, a great collection was ready of beautiful needlework and of illuminated mottoes and lettering, done under Miss Prosser’s direction; of charming frocks, blouses, and of embroidered white linen; of carpentry and of photography; of toy-making and basket­ making, and framing and of many other things. I think all readers of the School Magazine will be much interested to hear in detail in what particular way every single member of the School, both Mistresses and girls, and three or four Old Girls who happened to be here, helped to make the events announced in the poster the great success they proved to be. During every moment of the day of the Sale everyone shouldered the responsibility of making each part of the whole thing work smoothly and happily, and I can only say that my own part of just looking on was also “shouldered,” but with complete comfort and ease, and a feeling of assurance that the large number of people who came into the School grounds were going to meet us more than half way in trying to do something that may temporarily relieve the strain of carrying on week by week the great work of supplying, as far as may be, what is so sorely needed in this day of necessity. Salisbury is a small City, surrounded by 100,000 troops, and however ready the response to the many calls for help, a small effort on the part of 1000 people or more on one day does bring in a substantial extra bit of support. The clear gain from the sale, the tea, the gate, the games, the jumble, the competitions, the button-holes, the auto-­chromes, the concerts and the scenes from history, has amounted to £784.
A copy of the plan which was posted up in the School is given below.


It is not easy to describe the wonderful Godolphin Sale day and all the events that helped to make it the great financial and sympathetic success that in truth it was. From early yesterday morning (I arrived at the School at 9.30) the members of the Staff and all the School were working for all they were worth to help to make everything go with real Godolphin dash and spirit. The weather became kind to us about 11 o’clock, and a cool breeze and hot sun made a perfect summer’s day. The Stalls, with the hedge as a background, looked beautiful in their red and white trappings, and in their different ways they were all full of beauty and interest. The Stall filled with antiques and curios, many of them of great beauty and value, added largely to the decorative effect of the garden scene, and it was most artistically and tastefully arranged by its holders. Lady Sclater’s Stall appealed greatly to all of us with its goods made by wounded and disabled Soldiers, and with its comforts for those who are in the fighting ranks to-day. Mrs. James Leys’ Provision Stall was lavishly supplied with flowers, vegetables, eggs, cheese, butter, strawberries, goose­berries and bottled fruits, &c., and did a roaring trade from start to finish. I hope I may be allowed to say that the Godolphin Stalls, in a way, were to me the most vividly pleasing of all, brimming over as they were with beautiful specimens of applied art done in the Studio, and of plain needlework and French embroidery, both perfectly executed. The Special Objects Stall (also Godolphin) was full of interest, with its delightful and ingenious toys, made by members of the Staff. The competitions were of the most varied character; I personally tried to get eight balls into a basket (one only reached it!) to guess the united ages of the whole School, the weight of a cake, and how many beans were in a bottle, with the awful possibility before me of winning my own fur rug on a hot summer’s day if I guessed rightly. The basket and ball competition, and the clock golf, &c., afforded great amusement to the large party of wounded Soldiers (many of them badly wounded), whom Miss Douglas had invited to the Garden Sale. They were a touching reminder of the objects for which the Sale was held, and their presence was felt to be an honour by the whole School, all the members of which have worked so readily and faithfully for our fighting men since the first days of the Great War, which is still taxing our resources to the utmost, and is daily demanding of us fresh sacrifices and fresh endeavors.
The Jumble Sale gave great pleasure to a large number of our friends, who secured good bargains of a varied character. The tea arrange­ments were admirably carried out, and would not have drawn adverse criticism from the Food Controller. A very delightful Concert was given ill the afternoon and repeated in the evening by the Orchestra, under the direction of Miss Nellie Harding, with ‘cello solos from Mr. Purcell Jones and songs front Miss Judith Alcock. The historical scenes given in the evenings were most striking in their artistic excellence and admirable rendering and the delightful singing of contemporary songs by the Special Singing Class gave the greatest pleasure to all who heard them. In fact, I felt that from beginning to end the Sale, and all events connected with it, can be looked upon as a great and unqualified success, and one person, most certainly, connected with the School, derived real and heartfelt pleasure from observing the keen and enthusiastic way in which every single member of the Staff and of the School helped to gain the splendid sum which resulted from their endeavors.


On Thursday and Friday evenings, July 28th and 29Th, a performance was given in the Hall by the girls of two historical scenes, and some songs from Shakespeare, delightfully sung.
Of the Scenes, the first flare us the interview in Sanctuary between Elizabeth Woodvil and Cardinal Bourchier, when, with other Lords of the Council, he came from Protector Richard to demand the sur­render of the little Duke of York. The Queen makes a moving appeal for the guardianship of her child, but finally, fearing that evil may befall further resistance, she delivers him into the Cardinal’s hands and passes weeping from the stage.
Scene 2 was a conversation between Queen Elizabeth and Sir James Melvil, emissary from her cousin, the Queen of Scots. They talk of divers matters, from State marriages to Italian gowns and Melvil is not allowed to retire until he has seen Elizabeth dance a Pavane with one of her Ladies-in-Waiting.
The peculiar interest of the Scenes lies in their historical nature. Both have been adapted from original sources, the one from Sir Thomas More’s Pitiful Reign of Edward V., the other from Sir James Melvil’s Diary. The first is not, of course, contemporary, but more, who wrote it in the early part of Henry VII’s reign doubtless, had the whole story from the lips of Cardinal Morton, and has given it to us in his own beautiful English.
Melvil’s Diary, on the other hand, is a contemporary and full report of his interview, with Queen Elizabeth during his ten days’ visit, and gives the very words in which that remarkable woman displayed the characteristics with which her history has made us so familiar.
So dignified a performance could not have been given without careful study and serious work, and all the girls who took part deserve our hearty congratulations.


STALL I. ANTIQUES AND GURIOS (These were many of them very valuable gifts from Lady Hulse, and the Stall realised over £200).
The Hon. Mrs. Skeffington-Smyth and Mrs. Hope-Johnstone S. Hope Johnstone, J. Carey, B. Du Buisson, J. Buckle, M. Godson, M. Luckman and M. Walker.
STALL II. WORK BY SOLDIERS. BASKETS, &c. Lady Sclater, Palgrave, B. Douglas, L. Taylor, F. Pinckney. K. Taylor, E Birney, L. Lock and M. Wood.
STALL III. PROVISIONS Mrs. J. Leys. Y. Lees, D. Turner. V. Leys. Al. Leys, D. Leys, J. Douglas, B. Medlicott and D. Sargent.
STALL IV. Miss L. Douglas, Miss Prosser and Miss, Pope (leaders), Miss Awdry, Matron. Mrs. Carver. H. Elworthy. M. Blackett. F. Wethered. M. Paton, P. Kempe, I. Usher, M. Fairclough. G. Chambers, G. Rigden, L. Box and S. Dimsey.
Miss Westlake (leader), Miss Fussell, Miss N. Harding, Miss Eastgate, Miss Waller, Miss Cranmer, P. Clarke, M. Ainslie, M. Chilton, J. Eason, V. Hinkley, J. Chapman. L Rennie. S. Wotton. N. Clive-­Smith, M. Eppstein, M. Sinclair and K. Hurst.
STALL VI. ILLUMINATED MOTOES AND LETTERING. Miss Parson (leader), Miss M. Powell, Miss Ward, Miss Falwasser, Miss Derriman, Miss Oliver, M. Dalston, V. Greene, C. Fletcher, S. Lister, P. Blunt, M. Du Buisson, P. Du Buisson, H. Theodosius, H. Poynton, J. Carter, B. Fagge and P. Turner.
TABLE A. MR. DOUGLAS’ PHOTOGRAPHS OF SCHOOL GROUNDS AND HOUSES. Miss Gillman (leader), Mrs. Bacchus, Miss Adey, M. Godley and N. Richards.
TABLE B. CHINA. Miss Atkinson (leader), N. Maude, G. May, L. Plunket, C. Harrison, H. Phillimore, and M. Waters.
TABLE C. MATCH-BOX TOY-MAKING. Miss Powell, (leader), D. Fanner, J. Elling, M Bennett and M. Figgis.
TABLE D. GLASS AND CHINA. Miss S. Powell (leader) C. Mack­worth, L. Gossage, P. Malony, N. Stow, N. Trafford, N. Panting, and F. Denny.
TABLE E. WOODEN TOYS, PAINTED CRADLE, DOLLS’ BEDS. Miss E Jones (leader), Miss Young, Miss Maunsell, N. Northcroft and B. Niven.
TABLE F. BOOK STALL. Miss Wallich (leader), M. Hill, N. Henson, H. Finch and C. Squire.
VICTORIAN DOLL’S HOUSE. Miss Young (leader), B. Kitching, F. Aitken, K. Gordon Duff, M. Johnston, I. Moon, M. Cole and S. Chennels.
TEA. Mrs. Bingham K. Bulteel, G. Taylor, D. Bingham, R. Fawcett, M. Constable, M Kingdon, J. Mackworth, H. DuBourg, A. Beevor, N. Preece, M. Rouquette, M. Rose, M. Newson and M. Ilbert.
JUMBLE SALE. Mrs. Marlow, Miss Bagnall, Miss Steer, Miss Hancock, Miss Mitchell, Miss Young, Miss Wallich, Miss Fison and Miss S. Powell.
AUTOCHROMES. (lent by Mr. Messer). M. Paton, L. Box, H. Barnett, H. Wethered, K. Birkett, K. Carpmael, D. Hinds, P. Lee, H. Richards, S. Dimsey and C. La Trobe.
BUTTON-HOLES Forms III., II. and I. sold lovely button-holes.
GAMES AND GUESSING COMPETITIONS. Miss Mixer, Mrs. Paulley, P. Seal, J. Dewe, E. Douglas, K. Sargeaunt, J. Elling, K. Pollock, N. Clive-Smith, Miss Lavender, Miss Combes and Mdlle. Cornellie.
TENNIS. Miss Pinckney, Miss C. Ashford, Mr. Douglas and Mr. Rule.
GATE. Mr. Bayley, Mr. Moon, Mr. Osmond, Mr. Rigden and Mr. Sargent.
STEWARDS ON THE GROUNDS. J Hinxman, E. Lea and M. Sim led a large party of girls; who acted as Guides all the afternoon from the gates to the sale, and then to the grounds and collected people for the concert, &c.
STEWARDS IN THE HALL. Another set of girls acted as Stewards at the Concert.
FAGS. V. Arnold, K. Beach, P. Wilson, M. Allan.

The following girls took part in the Historical Scenes, and in the singing of the Old English Songs:
Helen DuBourg, Helen Theodosius, Gwen Rigden, Sylvia Robertson, Cynthia Fletcher, K. Chilton, N. Northcroft, Kettrin Carpmael, Betty Buxton, Nancy Preece, Frances Frood, Joyce Hinxman, K. Sargeaunt, Phyllis Clark, D. Powney, Margaret Chilton, May Osmond. Yvorne Leys, Hester Phillimore, Peggy Seal, Betty Aldworth, Betty Medlicott, Joan de Coetlogon, Jean Chapman, Eleanor Lea, Margaret Gunner, Joan Gunner, Phyllis Kempe and Dorothy Gubbins.

News of Mistresses and Old Girls – Summer Term 1917

Miss Fairclough spent a week-end at Holmwood early in June, during a month’s leave from Malta, where she has been working as V.A.D. for the last 15 months. Her work consists principally of starting and organising hospital invalid kitchens all over the Island, and inspecting those which are already in full swing. She is called Principal Commandant, wears a most becoming blue uniform, and ranks as a Colonel! She seems very happy in her work, and showed us a quantity of interesting photographs.

 Doris Gozvenlock and Muriel Vicary are nursing at the Red Cross Hospital at Wimborne, and Dorothy Vicary has gone to help in the kitchen, as they were short-handed; after this she is hoping to do Secretary work in a new Hospital in Warminster.

Nancy Wolley Dod is nursing in France, and Marjorie has gone to Salonica. Rosamund and her baby are well.

Gwynneth Hope is nursing in the American Women’s Hospital.

Emma Burt is still at the Australian Hospital.

 M. L. Callard (nee Coomber) is working at the Ministry of Pensions, Widows and Dependents’ Branch.

 E. Newton has been working in France since October. 1914, and was mentioned in Sir D. Haig’s dispatch.

 N. Richards has been working up for the London Matric.

 B. Niven has been at Manchester University for a year, and is going to Cambridge in October.

 M. Godley has finished a course of motoring, and she hopes to get some kind of motoring work to do; in the meantime she is working at the Y.M.C.A. Canteen at Paddington several times a week.

 M. Campin writes: “I am at present enjoying my life very much at Monmouth High School, where I am having a very busy time teaching (chiefly Maths.) and filling up my spare time studying.”

Ursula Stokes, in answering Miss Douglas’ Easter Letter, says: ­”I have been wondering how many of the Old Girls realise that there is still a Commem. held at School of a character which those who are far away would appreciate most perhaps. Even in Grahamstown I did not realise that the day was being kept officially at School, though of course we knew that some of you were thinking of us when we had our Commem, parties, and I suppose Grahamstown is more likely to know all there is to know about the School than any other part of the world. I, suppose Miss Jones knew, and that is why she wanted more. But though I was only at School last Commem. from 8.30 p.m. on Friday – night and had to leave St. Martin’s long before the Service was over on Saturday morning (to catch me train), it was sufficient to realise that there was far more of Commem. left than I had ever dreamt of, that the whole of the present School knew it was ‘Old Girls’ Day’ and that the Celebration at St. Martin’s was still for all who could to be present there, and for the rest of us to join in wherever we might be.”

A. Chambers has been working since March as pantry maid in the V.A.D. Hospital. Rhode Hill, Uplyme. Devon.

Nora Randall says: “I am now going on Thursdays to the V.A.D. Hospital at Mere, about 25 miles from school, as a Probationer. Of course, I did not mind what I went as, but all the same I am very pleased that I shall get some opportunity of nursing, for it will help so for later on.”

J. Dennison Says: “I am quite busy now, working at Christchurch Red Cross Hospital, as Quartermaster’s Orderly. I spend every morning there, and do all sorts of jobs, from sweeping, dusting and clearing brass, to sorting Linen, mending clothes, and getting the nurses’ lunch – so I have plenty of variety and love the work. I have also been attending Lectures on Fist Aid and Home Nursing, so have had my time fairly well occupied.”

M. Irby writes: “It has struck me that you may be rather interested to hear of the work I am doing at present. I obtained a post at the beginning of the summer at ‘Women’s Service,’ an organisation run by the London Society for Women’s Suffrage for the purpose of suppling women for War Work, and also to investigate new professions, and trades which are suitable for women to take up, but which hitherto they have not had the opportunity of entering. I am working for the head of the ‘Training’ Department and we give advice to women with regard to the best work for them to take up and how to train themselves for it. I Was wondering whether you would like to mention the Women’s Service Bureau in the school Magazine, in case any of the Old Girls, who are looking out for posts, would care to register there; and also perhaps some of the girls just leaving School would like advice about taking up some of the professions which are off the normal lines. The office is at 58, Victoria Street, S.W. I enjoy the work there very much, and find it extremely interesting.”

 Freda White worked in her Easter holidays for a month at the large Military Hospital at Devonport. She was at the Nursing Sisters’ Quarters helping the Matron with the house-keeping and doing odd jobs for her, and enjoyed the experience very much.

Rosamond Conquest (nee Acworth), in writing to Miss Douglas some months ago, told a delightful story, which we cannot leave out of the Magazine. Her husband, who was out with the American Ambulance in France, was ordered up to some “post” or other to take “one assis” and “three coucher “cases. He had his “coucher” cases in all right, and was working round for the “assis”, when a little dog was lifted in beside him. The poor little thing had been already wounded twice, and on this occasion had a body wound; his master had also been hit. The little dog had all his papers filled up, just like a regular “poilu,” and was evacuated to the rear as a man would be.

Ella Burden writes: “Once again I am out in France-this time working in a Military Hospital under canvas. The open-air life is just glorious now, but I can’t imagine what it is like in the winter. We are sleeping in small huts big enough for two, and in the hot weather the whole of one side can be thrown open. Just at present we are rather unsettled, as the Americans may arrive any day to take over this Hospital, and some of us will be sent elsewhere, whilst some of us are staying for a while to work with them. I hope I shall be allowed to stay, as it is a lovely Hospital, situated high up out of the town on the race-course, with woods all round us, and fortunately I am nursing Tommies here. They are just too splendid for words, and their one wish is to see Blighty again. I’m so sorry I could not come up to see you before I left England, but my time was so short and there was such a lot to do. I’m ever so happy here and feeling very fit indeed.”

Jeanie Raven, in thanking Miss Douglas for her Easter Letter, says: ­ “I quite agree about Commem. We should all want to come so much, and of course we ought not to from a distance. But where will you put us all when we come to the first Commem. after the war? Won’t it be a glorious squash, and how the hall will bulge! We have had quite exciting times at frequent intervals here, with air-raids and bombardments, both more startling than alarming, for we are so well guarded that the Huns dare not try more than a “tip-and-run” attack. It is wonderful to see miracles happening as they do, e.g., in Ramsgate last time but one, three houses were hit in a crowded quarter, each one empty: and the other shells all fell in fields; they nearly always fall in waste ground. Another time, bombs were dropped just outside the National School, one yard from the window, with all the children inside; shells fell one either side of the V.A.D. Hospital. Only once a cottage was hit, and there were three people killed: otherwise we have only had roofs and windows damaged. The Relieving Officer called Mr. Cate, had his roof smashed in, no one was hurt, and he emerged from the ruins brushing the dust from his coat and saying: “It takes more than that to kill a Cate!” The 14-months-old baby next day can say ‘Bombard,’ and shows off his trick with great pride. So you see we are quite in the war zone!”

Dorothy Man, writing from France, says: “I am writing this in a Church Army Club, near a lovely French town. I did not expect to hear about Salisbury again out here, but I was serving a man at the Canteen who belonged to the Wiltshire Regiment, and he told me all about the changes that had taken place since the war. He used to be the Carrier between Amesbury and Salisbury, and he is one of our friends here! While I was telling him I was at School at the Godolphin, a friend of his came up and said: ` I am a Salisbury man, and I’ve heard that the Godolphin young ladies have gone on the land, and the farmers say that they are the best helps they’ve ever had!’ I felt that I must write and tell you this! It was a very sincerely-said compliment. I saw my first sight of some German prisoners yester­day. They were slightly wounded, but looked very well cared far. I am coming home, I think, in June. If anyone wants work that is absolutely brimming with opportunities, they had better apply to the Headquarters of the Church Army for Canteen and Club work! The men are simply splendid, in spite of all the discomforts they have to put up with. They are keen on everything-French, music, and library-and we could do with one worker for each subject!”

Eleanor Chase writes: “Since I last saw you, nearly two years ago, I have been as busy as one could be, and, with the exception of some sick leave, I have only had a week’s holiday. I was in the Military Translation Bureau of the War Office for 14 months. I came across Marian Tatham in the War Office occasionally where she was working in the Registry. I left there to go to the Russian Government Com­mittee last October, and was there until last week, when I was offered the post of Superintendent of Translations to the Air Board, and came here to form a new section similar to that in which I worked in the War Office. It is a very good post, and I can’t help being very pleased at having got it. It is pleasant, too, to be one’s own head, since, as the new section is to be a central one for all Air Ministry Translations, it is not dependent on any Department, but only on the Secretary direct. I met Dorothy Sayers a month or so ago, and she was very pleased with the publication of her book of verses, and with her new work at Oxford under Blackwell. I also met Jean Smith not so very long ago, and heard all her news. I believe she is still at the Ministry of Munitions; she seemed to be very happy there.”

Nancy Woodrow (nee Marlow) tells us that she is now in the Dutch Section of the Censor’s Office, so does very little but Dutch and French. She would like to tell us more about the work if it were allowed.

Freda Shingleton writes from France, where she is nursing and says: “I came out in January, and love the work. Unfortunately, I got a frost-bitten toe, and had to go to Hospital for five weeks, but I am back at work again now. I have several times seen Theophila Yeatman and Alice Workman. It is so nice to come across old Godolphinites out here. How is the dear old School, I wonder? I so often think of all the happy times we had, but what years after it, seems!”

Helen Rhodes writes: “I am still as keen as ever about my music, but I felt it wrong to give all my time and energy to it in war time, and about eight months ago I took the place of a man, and became a Bank Clerk in the largest Bank in Sheffield! I like the work very much indeed for a time. It certainly wouldn’t excite me to think that I had to be a Bank Clerk for always! It is extremely nice to feel a little useful. There are 22 other girls in the Bank, I suppose just for the period of the war; also, about 30 men and boys. There is always an enormous amount of work to be done, as it is such a busy Bank, but that is what one expects, and everyone is very jolly.”

Gladys Filliter has had a good bit of experience nursing first at Barts, and when she wrote she was at No. 1 War Hospital, Reading.

Esther Field was working in the New Zealand Hospital, Codford, when we last heard of her.

A Capel is living at A. Foljambe’s home; and they have taken up dairy work together.

Annie Pritchardl tells us that she is working at the Fielden School as well as the Manchester University. She says: “We are, like most other people, working with a reduced staff. I am hoping to get home for Whitsuntide, and perhaps I might see you during that week. It was very delightful to have a peep at Miss Jones during Christmas week. She and a friend have been very busy in the holidays reclaiming a piece of land for an allotment. She says: ‘We have a good many visitors, even in war time, who come to see the School, which used to be under Professor Findlay in former days. I am on the Manchester Council for Day Nurseries and Nursery Schools, and we are much interested in the new programme proposed by Mr. Fisher. Personally, I shall feel much regret if our five happy little Nursery Schools in Manchester have to come under a wider scheme, and the red tape of the Board of Education. Professor l3ompas Smith has had an interview with some of the people at the Board of Education, and we are sorry that their tendency seems to be towards the inclusion of the children from three years in the Elementary School organisation. At present some very valuable voluntary work is being done, and little children want mothering, which can’t be possible if the numbers grow too large. Our most successful Nursery School is in an ordinary work­ing-class dwelling in one of the Manchester slums. It has had the greatest influence on the mothers by showing them just what can be done with the means at their disposal, and it is the finest object-lesson they could have-far better, I think, then a model building, with baths, hot and cold water, and all kinds of conveniences impossible in the homes from which these mites come.”

K. Keble sends a most interesting account of her work at Vickers’ Aeroplane Factory, Weybridge. She says: “I am afraid I shall find it rather difficult to explain, as so few people seem to have heard of it. It is commonly known as oxy-acetylene welding. The acetylene gas is made in a generator outside and is carried by pipes to each person; the oxygen is in a large cylinder by one’s side. We work with a blow pipe, which has a tremendously hot flame, about 600° Fahrenheit this is attached by rubber pipes to the oxygen cylinder and the acetylene safety valve; we control the acetylene and oxygen with a tap on the blow pipe, and we light up at a gas jet. We apply the flame to the metal until it is quite molten, and then one adds a little wire to make the two surfaces weld together. We weld most of the small steel parts on the aeroplane. Our kit consists of an overall, leather apron, and dark goggles, also a handkerchief over our head. The leather apron and the handkerchief are very necessary in order to protect one from the sparks, and we must wear dark goggles because the flame is tremen­dously bright. The shop we work in is called the ‘Tinsmith’s’, and is exceedingly stuffy and noisy, but very interesting as all the aluminum work is done in it. At the back of the shop there are furnaces with steam hammers going all day, the latter sound rather like bombs being dropped just behind you. We begin work at 7 O’clock in the morning and go on till 7.30 or 8.30 at night; the hours for meals are; Breakfast, from 8.30 to 9 o’clock; dinner, from 1 o’clock to 2 o’clock; and tea, from 5 to 5.30; we have all our meals at the works Canteen, which is about three minutes’ walk from the Factory. The Factory is on the edge of Brooklands Track, and we find it very interesting at meal times watching the aeroplanes going up and coming down, and doing wonderful things in the air, which occasionally make one’s hair literally stand on end.”

Mary Gordon has a classical post at the Manchester High School, under Miss Burstall.

Naomi Peake wrote to Miss Douglas in December to say that she met a Fawcett House girl when working at the Farnborough Royal Aircraft Factory, and recognised her by her blue overall; and that she and Dorothy Tull and Katharine Garnons-Williams and Irene Wordsworth had all been meeting and comparing their war work experiences.

Amphilis Middlemore tells us that she is training in the General Hospital, Birmingham.

Coralie Middlemore is still farming, and is now a carter, and is busy ploughing and carting anything under the sun.

Merrell Middlemore is training to be a doctor.

Jean Alexander is out in France with her sisters, and doing extraordinarily interesting work, which some day, I hope, she will find time to tell us all about in the School Magazine.

Theophila is home for a holiday, and we hope to see her at Godolphin.

Rita Paulley (nee Douglas) is House Mistress at St. Margaret’s. Her husband is in Egypt.

Kathleen Douglas’s name was amongst those in the long list mentioned in Despatches for their work in Home Hospitals.

Evelyn Gilroy was mentioned in Despatches, and the following are extracts from a letter from her mother, in last March: “Evelyn has been Sister in charge of a Ward for 14 months. She had the ‘Acute’ Ward at the Havre Clearing Hospital in regular turn with the other Sisters, and last June was moved up to the Somme for the `Push,’ and after a week there was again given a Ward-the second worst ` Surgical’ and has had it ever since; 36 beds, under canvas. For the first two or three months the work was truly appalling. Cases straight off the field, of course, and only the worst ‘ kept’; so, it was always a strain and awful responsibility. Then all the winter it has been dreadful. First wind and damp, then bitter cold, and no `floors’ anywhere, only tarpaulin to stand on; consequently, all the Nurses up there have had aa sort of `trench feet’ like very bad chilblains, red and blue and swollen up, and their knees all lame, and suffering greatly when they got warm in bed (which was the only time they were ever warm). The whole staff had bad influenza at Christmas, and Evelyn was one of the only four who didn’t ‘go sick,’ but was awfully bad and worked on with a high temperature. Con­sequently, she is only now beginning to get over it. She has only been home twice in two years, once for seven days and once for ten. She has, of course, the regular Hospital hours, 6.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m., and when the push is on no hours at all! They all work night and day, and get sleep when and how they can. For three weeks on two occasions – she was never in bed for more than three hours at one time, and often no time to undress at all, unless compelled in order to search for trench creatures! which, unless found, destroy all chance of sleep.”

Iris Chauncey, when last we heard, had been going through a course of motoring.

Dulcie Chauncey is at the Woolwich Arsenal as an Assistant Overseer. 

Molly Thomas has given up her Bank work, and was intending to learn typing and shorthand this summer and autumn. and talks of the possibility of going to France as a Pay Office Clerk.

Violet Christy is helping in her father’s office, and has a busy time of it. When she has a spare day, she goes down to Bethnal Green on School Care Committee work, and has been now and again to help in the Arsenal Canteen, where she ran across Gladys Crombie.

Molly Sanctuary says: “When the end of my time at the Calcutta Diocesan College drew near, it seemed better for several reasons not to sign on for another Term of years there, so I wrote to ask whether they wanted any one of my qualifications here, and found that they would be glad of my help in a School ‘for the daughters of Indian gentlemen who are able and willing to pay towards the cost of their education.’ The girls are mostly Mahommedans and Hindus. Several of them are married: some are more or less strictly Purdah. I am already very fond of these children.”

Ena Merrell says: “I am, as you will see, farming, and have been since December 3rd of last year. I was companion to a lady at Hounslow, and saw in the paper that the National Political League were advertising for hay balers, so I went to see them and they said they did not want any more, but would I care to do farm work, so I agreed: and they sent me, with another girl of my own age, to Barton Seagrave, to work on Lord Hood’s farm. We were then the pioneers of Northants. While we were working there we used to visit of an evening another farmer, and after being in the neighbourhood for three months he offered us work with him, and to live in the house, so we accepted and here we are now. We seemed to be such a great success on Lord Hood’s farm that they set up a Hostel and had 20 girls there. Now I will give you an idea of the sort of things we do. Of course, each season has its different work. Milking, churning and making the butter; rearing calves, fattening bullocks and taking them to market ; feeding sheep and making pens, feeding poultry, feeding nag and grooming, feeding pigs and cleaning them out, cleaning calf hovels out, loading carts with straw and hay, cleaning mangolds, threshing, and turning hay in hay time (then we work till it gets dark), hoeing thistles out of the wheat, horse-hoeing cabbages and mangolds, spreading manure, gardening, cutting cabbages, loading them and throwing them to the cows. There are lots of other things which we have to do. In recreation time, we do just what we like, of course the summer-time is the best time to enjoy ourselves. We play tennis, ride and drive the nag, ride Hugh Everard’s motor-bike and use his gun. When I had time, I used to go and shoot a rabbit, and we used to have it in a cold pie for breakfast. At present there isn’t any time for that as the days are so short.”

Augusta Merrell has been working in a Munition Factory. She started by filling shells until her hands were perfectly yellow. Now she has gradually worked herself up to a forewoman, and is receiving nearly £4 a week.

Mollie Sanctuary is now at Queen Mary’s School, Delhi, and writes happy and cheery letters home.

Monica Sanctuary is a masseuse, and has just gone to a new camp in Ashton-in-Maberfield. She is very keen about her work, and has just passed an electrical examination, coming out with the top set.

Susan, Sanctuary is still in France, and the other day was in charge of an acute surgical ward.

Carline Sanctuary is working at the Headquarters of the Dorset Volunteers.

Edith Kinder is having lessons in motor driving, under Dorothy Trask, at the Grosvenor Garage, near Bournemouth, as she wants to be able to drive the car at Canford. Edith is in the middle of training in garden­ing and other Work on the land at Lady Winmborne’s School. Esther Taunton is also there.

Stella Wilkinson has left the Forage Department Office, where she had been working for 16 months. and is now acting as Clerk to Mr. Squarey in his Land and Estate Agency Office.

Nellie Kenyon has published a small rook of poems, “An Offering” the proceeds of which are to go to the Hostel for training Indian girls as missionaries and teachers. The cost of the book is 1s, and the publisher is B. H. Blackett, Broad Street, Oxford.

Winifrid Blackett is still working as cook in a convalescent home for Army Sisters in Guildford.

Edith Villar is still working on the land.

Miss Jones went back to South Africa in January. We were very, sorry to say goodbye to her. She wrote to say that the voyage was very long, but uneventful.

Miss Bagnall was down here for a fortnight or so, we were all very pleased to see her.

Miss Jefferys is staying at Melbury; we are glad to see her looking so much better.

Miss Edwards Sends her love to everyone who remembers her.

F.E. Ashford is now doing Red Cross work at Longford Castle.

Dolly Wilson, and Monica Wood have been through a course of training for agricultural work at Longford, and are now at a farm at Teffont Evias, Wilts.

Letty Kettlewell is going to be “housemaid” at Sturminister Marshall Red Cross Hospital, near Wimborne.

Phyllis Blandford has been working at Newton Red Cross Hospital as a permanent ward-maid, and is returning to the hospital the first week in July to take up nursing for good.

Cecil Lock is working at an Auxiliary Military Hospital near Shrews­bury.

Hilda and Lilian Barbrook are both working at the Remount Depart­ment at Elsingham. Hilda is now forewoman.

Helen Harrison is in the V.A.D. at Lady Howard de Walden’s Nursing Home for officers’ wives.

W. Poynton packs for the A.0. Department Didcot, in the crockery sheds.

Kathleen Durden is helping at a 100-bed Red Cross Hospital at Dorchester.

Flo Burnet cooks at Longford Castle Officers’ Hospital.

M. Holmes is orderly at Longford Castle Officers’ Hospital.

 T. Woodman Smith is nursing at Longford Castle Officers’ Hospital.

 S. Yorke is still on a farm in Dorset. She has just been to Reading for her butter-making exam, and is going to an Agricultural College in October.

Ella Burden is working as a V.A.D. in France, and is at present under an Australian sister in one of the surgical lines.

Norah Chapman is working at the Royal Herbert Military Hospital. Woolwich.

M. Wild and M. Weigall, have during their holidays been doing massage in Indian Hospitals for British troops. They have 70 cases to deal with, and find it almost impossible to get through the work, as there is no one else to help.

 R. Jarrett is working at Endell Street Military Hospital.

M. Jarrett, is at the Y.M.C.A. Shakespeare Hut.

 Ethel Newton (Sister), Army Nursing Reserve, mentioned Sir Douglas Haigh’s Despatch of January 25th.

N. Newham was first in the Archbishops’ Examination, and is going to London as the first woman to hold the Board of Education Certificate in Handicraft, Machine Construction, and Drawing. She will work at Shoreditch Polytechnic for a course of two years.

A Sunday Morning at the Hut – Summer Term 1917

Thank God for the blue of Summer skies
And the azure wings of butterflies,
But most of all I thank to-day
For the blue of Bluebell Woods in May.

They breathed up blue in the morning haze,
And the little birds sang a song of praise
And told the Angels to praise God too
For clothing Bluebells all in blue.

And far away in the Valley, I wist
The bells are ringing to Eucharist,
God’s praises sound as clear and true
From Sabbath bells and bell of blue.

E’en in the lands of war and strife
God clothes the fields in fresh spring life,
And lives laid down in the cause of right
Spring up afresh in the fields of Light.

And down the sweeps of the azure sky
With rush of wings the Angels fly,
To raise the boys from the crimson sod,
And carry them swift to the Heart of God.

Chanting sweetly the song of Heaven,
That death is past and new life given!
“Jubilate Deo!” those Victors sing,
“This is not death! But eternal spring!”

L.J. D.

A Message to Miss White – Summer Term 1917

After many years of giving great gifts to the School, you have left us for social work of another kind, and the call came to you so suddenly and so urgently that you slipped away without our telling you one half of the affectionate gratitude we feel for all you did for all of us, and especially for those who had the privilege to work in closest touch with you, whether as colleagues or as pupils. The Magazine must, therefore, do its best to make you feel what we feel, to make you hear the “clap” in the School Hall at Mark Reading, and to convey to you our very best wishes for whatever you do always, and to carry to you our love.


Memorial Service to Lord Kitchener – Summer Term 1917

Stirring Address by the Hon. Lady Hulse

A Memorial Service to Lord Kitchener on the Anniversary of his death was held at the Godolphin School, Salisbury, on Tuesday evening, and a Roll of Honour of the names of the relations and friends of past and present members of the School was read. The National Anthem and suitable hymns, accompanied by the School Orchestra, were sung. Miss Douglas read two “lessons” from Revelation XIV. and XV., and the other from Wisdom III. At the commencement, the Hon. Lady Hulse gave an address on Lord Kitchener. She said :­A year ago to-night the sea, which is at once the source of our strength and of our weakness, took from us Lord Kitchener of Khartoum: the man who we feel stands at the head of that band of heroes of our own, whose deeds we honour in our Service to-night, and whose deaths we mourn: the man, who, in the early days in the war, roused England from end to end to a sense of her danger and her need, and who, by the magic of his name and the power of his personality, called into being that great new Army, Kitchener’s Army, which convinced our enemies that the heart of England was sound, and which on battle­field upon battlefield has justified Lord Kitchener’s supreme faith in it, by countless deeds of heroism, and by cheerful endurance of untold hardship and suffering. Those of us who worked at recruiting in the first months of the war realised to the full the power of Lord Kitchener’s name, and we used it for all it was worth, for we knew that we were using something worthy of England and worthy of the cause in which England had drawn the sword. The power of his name was all the more remarkable because Lord Kitchener had spent practi­cally all his life away from home, helping to strengthen that far-flung battle-line of ours, fighting always with clean hands for the honour of England as well as for her power and her might. But the secret of the magic of his name lay in this, that England still loves and is faithful to a man who is upright as well as fearless.


Many of you here to-night have heard Lord Kitchener criticised; You have heard that he made mistakes in his conduct of the war. It is true, and he would be the first to acknowledge it, and it is equally true that in all the countries engaged in this war, either with us or against us, the statesmen, the generals, and the leaders have made mistakes and are making them still. And for this reason, that the magnitude of the war is such, and the stagnation of it, that it long since passed beyond the power of successful human direction to a given military issue. It is a hard fact to face; but we have got to face it, not only without being discouraged or disheartened, but with greater endeavour and greater endurance than we have ever shown before. When we remember the stupendous organisation, the vast numbers of men engaged, the deadly nature of the weapons employed in the destruction of human life, for that is what Germany has brought us to, that almost all the finest scientific brains of the world are employed at this moment in inventing or in perfecting means for destroying human life; when we realise these things we can surely feel that the forces of destruction which man has himself devised and perfected have passed beyond his own power to direct to a definitely successful end. We shall defeat the Germans because the power is being given to us to outlast them, and in so doing we shall help to save the world itself from the degradation and misery of German domination. If Lord Kitchener were with us still, his cool, calm courage would help us to face and to accept this fact, that there is glory in a victory of endurance as well as in a victory by sheer force of arms. We shall continue to pray unceasingly and unswervingly for that victory which will be ours at last, though it will not be the victory of our dreams. And, realising all these things, I ask you to remember that only those men have the right to criticise Lord Kitchener who have done as much as he had done for the Empire, and who have spent the years he had spent in the Empire’s service. And as to the men who attack him, they, you can remember, are not worthy even to count the medals which he had won in his country’ service.
You children will live on into the years when this war will have become history, when things will be seen in their true proportion. when the names of the little men will be forgotten, and only the names of the great men survive. In those days the man who died for England a Year ago to-night, will come into his own. For men are judged at the bar of eternal justice by all the things that matter most, by their knowledge of what is right and what is wrong, by their devotion to duty, by their fearlessness of mind as well as heart, and so we know that the spirit of Kitchener had nothing to fear when it rose from the sea a year ago to face that great ordeal.


Lord Kitchener’s work for Egypt. one of the finest pages in the history of his life, is not realised and appreciated in England as it should be. A friend of mine who was a, great friend of Lord Kitchener’s, has made some notes for me which with Miss Douglas ‘permission, I will read to you; they throw some light on what Lord Kitchener had done for Egypt, that historic land of our adoption.
“Lord Kitchener’s care and knowledge of the poor in Egypt was remarkable, and they, separated as they are from all white people by religion, language, and point of view, felt him most truly to be their protector. They would go anywhere to see him, and would wait any number of hours to watch him pass. He lived in Cairo, but familiarity made no difference to them. I have seen thousands of people waiting round the stations to see him when he was going or returning from a journey: It was outside the Cairo Station that an attempt was once made on his life. and the police were often nervous lest the German-paid agitators should kill him. But Lord Kitchener never paid the least attention to anyone’s nerves. He was always the man to rode into Khartoum alone at the head of his conquering Army the day after he had defeated the Kalifa.
But it was when lie went into the Provinces that he saw how truly the heart, of Egypt was his. On his last tour before the war, the enthusiastic mob swept him away from his companions and, surrounding him, a compact crowd of peasants, farmers, and notables, walked with him, step by step, people edging up to him, touching his coat, his hand, his walking stick, as if they were sacred, and then making way for others to do the same. The Egyptian countryman knew his friend and showed his love and gratitude in this artless fashion. An Englishman who was there said afterwards: ‘I never saw K. look so pleased.’
“He was always accessible to the people. Old village men would come up all the way from their distant countrysides to tell him of a grumble about land or grievance about water. Often his staff used to be, him to delegate others to do this eternal fatiguing work of interviewing. But he would always see the people himself, and they took his word and judgment as coming straight from Heaven.
“I have seen him worn out (he used to have very bad headaches) evening after evening from doing this apparently trivial work. But it was this mass of effort, this outpouring of sympathy that made him most truly the father of his people in Egypt.
“After his death, and for the only time in the history of the world, Christians, Jews and Mohanimedans met at the same Service to honour his memory.”
And I am sure you feel with me that we shall do well to enshrine in our hearts the remembrance of this wonderful incident that Kitchener of Khartoum was great enough in his life to weld together by his death the warring elements of these diverse religions in one common Service of Worship of the God whom lie worshipped, the God of battles and of all lust and righteous causes.