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.

WHO SHALL CRITICISE

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.

EMPIRE BUILDING.

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.

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The New Hospital for Women – Christmas 1916

On Wednesday, November 8th, those over 16 were invited to a meeting in the Hall about the work of the New Hospital for Women in Euston Road.
Lady Hall took the chair. Miss Elizabeth Clarke told us how Miss Elizabeth Garrett, afterwards Mrs. Garrett Anderson, became the first English woman doctor. Her ambition was to found a hospital for women, staffed entirely by women doctors. The first step towards this hospital was St. Mary’s Dispensary, where Mrs. Garrett Anderson worked among the poorer women who lived near Edgware Road. The number of patients grew so fast that a very small hospital contain­ing ten beds was opened. Stories of the New Hospital spread over London, and patients flocked to it. In 1888 Mrs. Garrett Anderson, who had now a staff of women doctors under her, took a site near Euston. The present building of the New Hospital was then erected. The 70 beds in it are always occupied, and there are many out-patients. The hospital has provided a place where women doctors may learn self-reliance, efficiency, and the power of organisation, after they have passed their medical examinations. In this way, it has, perhaps, been more influential than any other institution in throwing open the medical profession to women.
Miss Douglas spoke about the good qualities which the medical profession requires from a woman. During her speech a collection was made for the hospital, which amounted to over £9.
Lady Hulse thanked Lady Hall, Miss Elizabeth Clarke, and Miss Douglas for giving us the meeting.
All the speeches were very interesting, particularly to those who are hoping to become doctors themselves when they grow up.

M. CHILTON, Upper VI.

Governors’ Meeting – Christmas 1916

On December 2nd, 1916, the annual gathering took place of friends of the School and the mistresses and girls, for the presentation of Certificates. The Governors present were Canon Morrice, Lady Hulse, Miss Hussey, Miss Style, the Mayor, Canon Myers, Archdeacon Dundas, and Mr. Swayne.

A new feature of the occasion was the Orchestra, which opened the proceedings by playing from the platform the First Movement of Schubert’s B Flat Symphony. After the platform had been quickly cleared and the Governors had taken their places Miss Douglas read her Report, touching on all the different sides of School life, and noting all the different events of the School year. She referred to the sad loss to the School of Miss Bagnall and Miss, Jeffreys, but what she said about them will be found on another page of the Magazine.

In speaking of public examinations she said: “I intend to do away this year with the London Matriculation and also the Higher Certificate of the Oxford and Cambridge Board, and to take only the Senior Cambridge Local Examinations as admitting to the Universities, and as being the preliminary step into other professions. We shall thus have one examination instead of two to arrange and provide for, and the passing of this examination qualifies for the entrance to many careers. When once a girl is through it I hope that neither she or her parents will consider that her School life is over, but rather she will be free for her last year at School to study in such a way as either to help her to make every use of her opportunities at the University, or to follow her own bent, whatever it may be, and to gain the full advantage of what should be the most precious as well as the last year of her School life. Whenever it can be managed I feel sure parents are, generally speaking, doing the very best for their daughters, for themselves, and for their usefulness and value to the home and to the community if they can leave their girls at School till they are in the top classes of the School, and in positions of greater responsibility. The girls themselves who have gone from the School, would I believe, unanimously say if they were asked that they would not have missed their last year of School life for anything. So I want to make it clear that I feel more and more sure that we must provide in the most thorough manner for passing the examinations requisite for any future career, but that we must always keep in view that the lessons and the rest of School life should always make for the real living enjoy­ment of knowing and loving that which it is good to know and love, and for the training of hands, brains, wills, and hearts, for a full and fruitful life of service.”

Miss Douglas concluded with the following words: “The present girls of the School are, and we always remember it, a part of the greater Godolphin School that has passed on beyond the School gates to the larger life outside, and we can hardly desire better things for the girls present here now than that they shall take their part afterwards in a life of usefulness in the same spirit and with the same vigour as hundreds of those who have left the School are doing. We hear of the many splendid wives and mothers amongst them with a special feeling of pride and joy, we hear of others all over the world living lives of great usefulness ; at the present time we think of some in Romania, of many in France, or very many working in Salisbury at the Infirmary and the Red Cross Hospital, and in many other Hos­pitals, and others doing canteen work, such as Ruth Wordsworth is doing now on Salisbury Plain, others learning to drive motors or to be clerks at the War Office in Whitehall and in other offices, taking the work of men and doing it in the most thorough manner. But whether we think of the Old Girls or the present School in any efforts made to relieve the present distress, and to do our country service, all is dwarfed in comparison with what the men are doing on land, on sea, and in the air. We must at least see to it that their heroism, which is ever ready to meet the demands of a prolonged conflict, finds an echo at home in the readiness not only to persevere in any efforts we may be allowed to make, but in a readiness to increase these efforts in the spirit of patience, calmness, unselfishness, and courage, which will all help to make up the sum of sacrifice needed to bring at last assured victory and an honourable and blessed peace.

Canon MORRICE regretted that it fell to him as the oldest Governor to take the chair in the absence of Lord Methuen, who was doing such great work in Malta. It had been a happy day for the school when Lord Methuen had consented to become the Chairman of the Governors, and Canon Morrice suggested that a letter should be written to him to tell him how much we missed him. Canon Morrice complimented the orchestra on its playing, and also commented on the promptitude with which the girls had cleared the platform after the performance.

Lady HULSE, who was received with the heartiest applause, said that since last year the months that had passed had been full of horror and misery, such that it seemed inappropriate to speak of anything pleasant that had happened to oneself, but during that time the con­viction had been growing upon her that she belonged to the Godolphin School, and she hoped that she would be linked with it more and more closely as the years went on. The war had not spared the School, but she knew that the School would not have wished to be spared its share in the world’s suffering. It had taken its part in war work, and though it would not be good for the girls to be pleased with what they had done, she was pleased with what they had done, and that was good for her. The list was a very satisfactory one-they had made hospital bed tables, trays, case boards, and many splints and crutches, and a great many writing cases for the soldiers, many treasure bags, fodder bags, housewives and woollen things, and also clothes for the Belgian refugees. Besides these there was the work they had done in milking and digging the land. She wished to refer also to all that the staff had done, and the unselfish devotion they had shown as far as strength and time allowed since the very beginning of the war. It would be a great thing to remember in after years that the School had waited oil and entertained and been in personal touch with the wounded men, some of whom had taken part in the ever glorious failure of Gallipoli. There were those who felt that young people should not be saddened by the thought of suffering; she herself did not think that any great effort should be made to save them from realising what the country was going through. The shadow of the war was always over them, but that shadow was pierced by the conviction of the justness of out cause, and the certainty of the victory which would be ours. This was the third war Christmas, but no one who loved young people as she did would desire that it should not be a happy one for them, and so she would ask them to give a foremost place in their thoughts and prayers to the men who were enduring so much for us.

Archdeacon DUNDAS said that he, the newest of the Governors, rose to propose a very hearty vote of thanks to Lady Hulse for giving away the certificates, and for the moving words she had spoken. There was much talk of re-construction after the war, but he would like to refer to the re-construction of the ideas of men and the enlargement of their minds which had already taken place on the subject of what was sometimes called the weaker sex. Women were bound to take an all-important part in the building up of that new world to which we looked forward. The country owed a debt of gratitude to such schools as the Godolphin for the training and preparation they gave to the girls on whom, when they grew up, such high responsibilities would lie.

Canon MYERS seconded the vote of thanks to Lady Hulse, who in acknowledging it referred to a letter received by a friend of hers from someone who had been on the Arabia when it was torpedoed. The School would be proud to hear that a former head girl, Mrs. Forsyth (Ming Glanville) had shown on that occasion the utmost courage and calmness, and seemed concerned only for the safety of others.

The singing of the National Anthem concluded the proceedings.

New Governors – Summer 1915

It is with very great pleasure that we record that Lady Hulse, Canon Sowter, and Mr. Paget have most kindly consented to be Governors of the School. We wish to thank them most sincerely and we feel that the School is indeed fortunate in having them on the Governing Body. The first thing Canon Sowter did when he was elected was to bring, the Archbishop of Armagh to see us, who gave us one of the shortest and most inspiring addresses we had. Mr. Paget visited the School almost as soon as he was elected, and Lady Hulse has written to say she is coming when she returns to Breamore from the North.

M.A. DOUGLAS.

School News – Summer Term 1915

SPRING TERM.

March 8th Mr. Marston, a blind clergyman, came to us and spoke about his work.

March 9th School Service taken by the Rev. H. Marston, who gave an address on Prayer.

March 11th Mr. Belloc’s Lecture. (See last issue.)

March 16th School Service taken by the Rev. A. G. Robertson, who spoke about “excuses.”

Governors’ Meeting.

March 24th School Service taken by Canon Sowter.

March 29th Mark Reading. This was one day earlier than the day fixed owing, to an outbreak of German measles.

Miss Douglas first read the results of the various competitions:

Cloak Room Picture, won by III; three marks lost.

Form Tidy Cup, won by Low. V., Sp. VB and II., who all lost no marks.

Finished Books, Top Up. VI., 78.81 per cent.

Red Girdles. Junior Girdles were given for the first time :¬

Senior: M. Thomas, O. Batchelor, J. Adams, D. Ashford, M. Chilton, P. Clarke, M. Ainslie, S. Lister, N. Richards, E. Hudson, K. Newson, P. Pinneger, V. Coles, and M. Wood.

Junior: M. Allan, M Leys, V. Arnold, G. Coles, M. Rose, M. Du Buisson, and M. Osmond.

La Crosse Pins: S. Yorke, B. Bridge, M. Holmes, H. Elworthy, FT. Elam, M. Godley, and D. Harvey-Jones. Those leaving were :

Special VI., E. Lock, prefect of Fawcett House.

Stanford, St. Margaret’s.

Lower V., M. Chalmers, Fawcett House.

Special VB., Violet Coles, Sarum House.

Lower IV., D. Chalmers, Fawcett House.

II, G. Smyth, Sarum House.

In saying ‘good-bye to those leaving, Miss Douglas said that she hoped that they would remember that the only way to be really happy was by serving others, and that they would stamp their lives with the word “service.” She also said that she hoped that those who were going home would continue there the things they had begun at school. Miss Douglas said she would not say much to the school, as she had had many talks during the term. She hoped all would listen to the lessons of which the holidays would be full-Confirmation for some, Good Friday and Easter, and the message of renewed hope which comes with spring.

March 31st The Confirmation Day. Owing to some of the candidates having had German measles, it was arranged that they should be confirmed separately at St. Mark’s Church by Bishop Joscelyne, at the same hour as the service held in the Cathedral. A few days before Finetta Bathurst was confirmed in Exeter Cathedral, as she had had to go home owing to whooping cough. The following is the full list of the girls who were confirmed this term: C. Mackworth, M. Ainslie, J. Dewe, J. Eason, I. Pears, J. Pears, H. de Behr, P. Blunt, G. Rigden, M. Osmond, M. Hardy, D. Turner, M. Constable, H. Livesey, M. Glynn, P. Clarke, M. Eppstein, P. Godwin, P. Seal, N. Northcroft, K. Sargeaunt, S. Wotton, M. Wood, M. Vines, P. Du Buisson, K. Newson, F. Bathurst.

SUMMER TERM.

April 25th School re-opened on St. George’s Day. The flag was flown, and we sang the hymn, “The Son of God goes forth to War,” and the collect for S. Michael and All Angels was read.

Miss Douglas then read the results of the Associated Board of the R.A.M. and R.C.M., Local Centre, April, 1915.

We were very glad to hear that Canon Sowter was to be a Governor of the School, and clapped heartily.

New Prefect. Fawcett House, M Stevens-Guille.

Miss Douglas read the written rules, and reminded us that there are besides many unwritten rules, which are very important. Their observance comes naturally to those who have the right spirit.

Miss Douglas then spoke a little about the life of St. George and what he stands for. He is the champion of Right fighting for the Cross and prevailing against the Dragon, the type of all that is base, cruel, and deceitful. St. George was taken to be the Patron Saint of England by Edward III., and therefore all English men and women are bound to fight with determination under his banner against all manner of evil.

In the Wiltshire Arts and Crafts Exhibition of April, 1915, B. Niven gained a 1st class certificate for drawing from the round, and R. Ainslie a 1st class certificate for pencil drawing from life. A sheet of brushwork by various girls was also granted a 1st class certificate. A Foljambe’s work was commended.

April 26th Our new Governor, Canon Sowter, brought the Archbishop of Armagh to speak to us. The Archbishop expressed his doubts at being able to talk to girls until he was told to speak as he would to boys. He then told us to remember that the honour of a school depends on its individual members, and he also spoke of the important place of friendship in life, and quoted a boy’s definition of a friend, “One who knows you well and likes you still.”

April 27th Miss Douglas and the Staff went to meet the Archbishop at the Training College, by the invitation of Canon and Mrs. Sowter and Miss Forth, the Principal.

April 28th In the evening the Rev. Denis Victor, of the Universities’ Mission to Central Africa, and the Principal of St. Michael’s College, Likoma, for training native students who become teachers, came and spoke to us about his work.

April 30th Miss Yuille Smith, who stayed some time at Fawcett House with her son Bobbie, gave us a delightful piano recital in the Hall.

May 1st Saturday. After supper we made bags for the soldiers in hospital to keep their possessions in.

May 6th Miss Douglas told us of Lord Methuen’s appeal for books, games, &c., for the new base hospital at Malta.

May 7th Mr. Belloc gave us a second lecture. The subject was, “The War and the Political Situation in Europe.” (See special notice).

May 8th We heard that Ruth Wordsworth and her brother, who were passengers on the Lusitania, which was torpedoed on Friday, May 7th, were saved. In the evening we had a second War Work Party.

May 13th Ascension Day Service St. Martin’s at 8 a.m., and short service in School in the morning and evening. It was too wet to have a picnic, but it was a very happy festival all the same. We stayed in our Houses and did what we liked till 5 o’clock, when there was dancing in the Hall till 6.30.

May 20th Annual Service at St. Saviour’s. We sent a special offertory of £3, but, owing to the war, no representatives.

May 24th Empire Day. We had a short service at 12.20, and Miss Helen Bagnall gave a short address. (See special notice).

May 28th Miss Douglas read a letter of thanks from Lady Smith-Dorrien for the 150 holland bags sent, and said that 100,000 more were needed.

June 9th Service of Song at 8 o’clock, to which the Members of the League of Honour came.

June 10th Miss Douglas told us that Lady Hulse had consented to become a Governor of the School. The good news was received by a great clap.

June 11th Half Term. Those who did not go away stayed at St. Margaret’s with Miss Lucy.

Head Mistresses Conference, held this year at Walthamstow. Miss Douglas stated that some farmers had accepted her offer to let the School help in their hay fields.

June 16th The girls began to help with the hay, and continued to do so for several days, working in shifts.

June 21st Clarinda Allen got 3rd Class in the Historical Tripos, Part II., and in Natural ‘Science, Part I., Ivy Phillips got 3rd Class.

June 27th On Sunday afternoon Mrs. Creighton (widow of the late Bishop of London) very kindly came and spoke to the School at 5 o’clock.