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.

GODOLPHIN SCHOOL EVENTS IN AID OF THE LOCAL BRANCHES OF THE BRITISH RED CROSS SOCIETY
AND
QUEEN MARY’S NEEDLEWORK GUILD.

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27th.

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.
MILITARY BAND.
EXHIBITION OF AUTOCHROMES by Mr. Messer.
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).

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, JUNE 281h and 29M.

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).

CONCERT PROGRAMME.

AFTERNOON AND EVENING OF JUNE 27TH

Symphony No, 35 Mozart ” Allegro con spirito”
Miss NELLIE HARDING’S ORCHESTRA.
Songs:
(a) “Requiem” S. Homer
(b) “The Roadside Fire” Vaughan Williams
MISS JUDITH ALCOCK.
” Waltz” from Serenade Op. 48 Tschaikowsky
La Veillee de L’Ange Gardien” Pierne
THE ORCHESTRA.
Violoncello Solos
(a) “Legende Pastorale” B. Godard
(b) ” Papillon ” David Popper
Mr. PURCELL JONES.
” Lento” Handel
Allegro
THE ORCHESTRA.
Songs:
(a) “To Daisies” Roger Quilter
(b) “O Mistress Mine”
MISS JUDITH ALCOCK.
“Mock Morris” Percy Grainger
ORCHESTRA.
GOD SAVE THE KING.

JUNE 28TH AND 29TH.

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.

SONGS FROM SHAKFSPEARE.
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

SCENE 2. A CONVERSATION WITH QUEEN ELIZABETH.
(Adapted from the Diary of Sir James Melvil).
Characters:
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.”
GOD SAVE THE KING.

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.

M.A. DOUGLAS.

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.

EDITH M. HULSE

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.

E. PROSSER

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.
STALL V. PLAIN NEEDLEWORK AND FRENCH WHITE EMBROIDERY.
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.

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News of Mistresses and Old Girls in War Time – Spring 1915

Spring Term 1915

There is so much interesting news from you all at this time it is hard to know where to begin, and there must, alas, be very many of you doing hard work who are too busy to write, but you shall have just as much space in the Magazine this time as we can possibly manage.

Theophila Yeatman has joined Alice Workman in running a Soldiers’ Club in Rouen. The address is Soldiers’ Club, 2, Base Post Office, Rouen, British Expeditionary Force. Postage 1d. She badly wants illustrated papers, lots of them, and begs for good English nibs and good English blotting paper; also for “a little money”, if anyone can spare it, to buy flowers for the rooms. She says the English Tommies love the Club, they say it is like being at home, and I think it must be with Alice and Theophila to welcome them.

Barbara Thatcher, writing from Clocolan, says: “We still have no means of transport, and all through the rebellion our horses were safely lodged in Basutoland, like most other folks’ from in-country.” Her brother, Harold Stokes, an old K.G. Godolphinite, is with the Natal Carbineers in G.S.W. at Ludentzbukh. May Wheeler’s brother is there too.

Gwen Mullings writes from her School at Rustenburg, Rondebosch, that they have all been knitting hard since the war broke out, and have collected well over £100 in the School. They were busy making Christmas puddings for the soldiers.

Bea Barron (Foster Pegg) writes from India that now her husband was fighting she and her baby would be coming home to England.

Kitty Bennett (Huyshe), also in India, hoped to be coming, as her husband’s Regiment had been ordered to the Plains, but she could not get transport.

Marjorie Wolley Dod has come back from Canada with her married sister, who wants to be near her husband whilst he is training.

Maisrie Drummond’s brother, Peter in in Egypt with the 1st Australian Contingent.

Marjory Winter Crowfoot writes a most interesting account of war work at Lincoln. She says: “In the foundries where we live they are working day and night on Government contracts – mines, aeroplanes, shells, &c. The 4th General Hospital of 1000 beds is on the new Grammar School grounds and buildings; my husband is very busy there most days. We have a big Red Cross Hospital as well, run by St. John Ambulance Volunteer nurses. The gun which our Regiment captured from the Germans was processed round the town, chiefly in hopes of attracting recruits.”

Vwera and May Douie write from Oxford. Their brother was wounded early in the war, but hopes to get back to the Front. He gained a Military Cross.

Margery Bush (Scott) and her husband have fitted their home as a hospital to be used under the War Office; it has 100 beds, 75 of which were in use before Christmas. Their brother, Frank, has joined the R.A.M.C., and the younger one has a commission in the Royal Munsters, and is in training in Ireland.

Miss Powles’ husband, Mr. Allen, has enlisted in the R.A.M.C., so Mrs. Allen and the baby are in Cambridge.

Lillian Southwood is nursing in the Red Cross Hospital in Exeter.

Vera Baker is working at “the Queen’s Work for Women.” She says it really is interesting being at one of the big funds, though the work is chiefly typing receipts for donations or writing letters to people who forgot to sign their cheques or even to enclose them. She was busy over the 1s. appeal, and the response was splendid.

Mary Huyshe had a most successful entertainment. Her infants recited and sang and played the “Pied Piper”. The Mission Room was so full that many could not get in at all. The proceeds went to the Belgian Fund.

Prissie Cory (Bannatyne) has taken a house in South Wales to be near husband who is in training.

Ursula Barrow nurses on two or three days a week in a Red Cross Hospital near Bexhill.

Kitty Kenyon has been helping to run a Club for soldiers at Farnborough, and also looking after soldiers’ wives and visiting wounded soldiers.

Winifred is head cook (chef coq as the Belgians call her) at a V.A.D. Hospital in Tonbridge, and has 15 kitchenmaids under her; happily they only come in relays. Peggie has helped to nurse a lot of wounded soldiers at Baschurch Surgical Home. She is still there, and is busy with crippled children pending another installment of wounded.

Winifred Blackett is working as a kitchenmaid at Guildford Red Cross Hospital.

Mollie Edmondson has been staying at Oakhurst. She hopes to be employed at the Upton Red Cross Convalescent Hospital when it is opened.

Vera Morrison (Sawyer) is back in England. Her husband was recalled from Gibraltar, and has gone to the Front. He is on the Headquarter Staff, so Vera hopes not actually in the firing line.

Rosalind Bowker is nursing in the Red Cross 2nd Western General Hospital, Manchester.

Ruth Strange is theatre staff nurse at Sturminister, Wimborne, Red Cross Hospital. Her brother Louis, of the Royal Flying Corps, has been mentioned in General French’s dispatch.

Majory and Nora Gabain’s brother, who is a dispatch rider, and has been out since the beginning of the war, was mentioned in General French’s dispatch.

Madge Carden writes a very interesting account of the rebellion from Port Elizabeth. She says, “The rebellion in a way seems worse to us than the great war, for all English people feel so ashamed to think that this is the one Colony which has not quite come up to the scratch. We had a great scare the other night, as we heard that there was a native uprising in Pondoland; the Transkei men were sent away from here at once, but all seem quiet again now.”

Iris Lang is still busy with recreation rooms for the soldiers at Church Crockham, and she says that her mother started the fashion of offering baths to the men, and since then everybody in the place has followed suit. One of her uncles is head of the Ordnance of the Expeditionary Force. He got a C.M.G. in the South African War and now has his C.B.

Philippa Kitchener tells us that her brother, Hal, is a R.E. stationed at Chatham, and is trying for the Flying Corps. He hopes to get to the Front about May.

Mawer is pantrymaid at a Red Cross Hospital. Her father has been guarding German prisoners.

Essex has been doing Red Cross work.

Bucham Brown’s brother is Gunnery-Lieutenant on the battle cruiser H.M.S. “Indefatigable.”

Maton was teaching bandaging in the village.

Wright, writing from Heilbron, O.F.S., sends a very graphic and interesting account of the rebellion. She says, “Heilbron was the first town to face the rebels, and a rough time we had of it. They pulled down and trampled on the Union Jack and took over all our horses, arms and ammunition. However, we were well off compared to other places, where they simply looted everything, and did the most wanton destruction. They even thrashed some of the loyalists, and kicked and struck the Mayor of Winbury. Heilbron has been relieved now, and hundreds of troops are patrolling the district, and have had skirmishes with the rebels and taken a good many prisoners. For a month we were absolutely cut off from outside; trains stopped, telephone and telegraph wires cut. We were practically in a state of siege, and only heard vague rumours of what was happening outside.”

In Salisbury many Old Girls and Mistresses have been helping with the Red Cross under Lady Pembroke, Lady Radnor, Miss Stephenson and the other members of the Red Cross Committee. Patients have been nursed by Red Cross probationers at the Salisbury Infirmary, the Red Cross Hospital, and the Isolation Hospital. Some of the patients have been wounded, but the greater number have been cases from the Camps round Salisbury, including some of the Canadians.

Part of Longford Castle has been converted into a Hospital for wounded Belgian Officers, who are nursed by the Red Cross probationers.

Miss Wyld is Commandant of VIII. V.A.D., Wilts. Susie Wordsworth has charge of the pack store, and has had a very busy time ever since the war broke out.

Miss Pinckney has organized the transport, which takes the nurses and a large part of the food out to the Red Cross Hospital.

Miss Fairclough and Miss Ashford have been head cooks.

Mrs. Pope has had charge of the house-keeping accounts, which has been a very big job.

The Misses Mixer have given invaluable help by offering free hospitality whenever required by the Red Cross, and the entire use of their telephone for Red Cross work.

The Mistresses and Old Girls who have acted as Red Cross probationers have been the following: Miss Fussell, Miss Ashford, Ethel and Beatrice Wilson, Lexie Hammick, Kittie Prothero, Ella Burden, Frances Clark, Kathleen Hulbert, Irene Wordsworth, Mary Weigall, Rosa Pepper, and Esther and Janet Morrice.

The cooks and kitchenmaids have been Dolly Prothero, Jessie Arnold, May Abbott, Gwen and Barbara Pinniger, Beatrix and Maud Gummer, Joan Fison, Dorothy Traske, Jessie Pearce, Winifred Holland Young, Madge Jackson, Esther Brown, Kathleen Humphrys, Joan Aldworth, Ruth Strange, Ena de Jersey, Dorothy and Muriel Vicary, Emma Burt, Bice Moggridge, Agatha Lumby, Mary Buchanan Smith, Marjorie Hardy, Violet Parson, Miss Westlake, Miss Powell, and Miss Mixer.

The charwomen have been Miss Hill, Miss Powell, Miss Derriman, Miss Winn, and Clara Ashford.

Miss Nelly Harding and her Orchestra gave a Christmas Concert at the Red Cross Hospital.

The cooks in the various School Houses made all the Christmas puddings for the Red Cross Hospital, and most of those for the Salisbury Infirmary.

Last term some of the V.A.D. gave bandaging lessons to a few of the senior girls.

Some of the laundry work, such as washing of towels and dishcloths, has been done by the girls under the superintendence of Miss Furneaux, and after she went to India Miss Fairclough took her place.

Mildred Parnell (Bevir) is in her old home at Hendon whilst her husband is patrolling part of coast of Scotland with his eight destroyers. Her brother, Reymond, has got his commission in his own Battalion, 10th Royal Fusiliers. She thinks he was rather loth to leave the ranks. Oliver, her sailor brother, is still in the Defence; he has had the bad luck to missed three engagements by just a few days.

Juliet and Cecily Parnell’s brother has come over from India with his Regiment, and has been in the trenches at La Bassée twice.

Phyllis Steedman tells us that her brother, John, is in command of the Osprey, T.B.D., and is stationed up at the North of Scotland.

Olivia Wyndham says: “My half-brother, Geoffrey Brooke, is with the 16th Lancers, and has been in the trenches, but is home again with frost-bite. Walter Brooke is on General Keir’s Staff and in the K.O.Y.L.I. John Fowler, a brother-in-law, is head of the Signaling Department and in the R.E.’s. My brother, George Wyndham has gone out with the Devons.”

Ella Jefferson says: “I have got one brother abroad; he is a temporary Major and Commandant of the Intelligence Corps. My other brother Wilfred, is going out any time now; most of his lot who were at Falmouth have left already.”

Dorothy Smith says: “Tom is still serving in the St. Vincent as a Sub-Lieutenant; they have not ‘come to grips’ with the Germans yet; he has had no leave for a long time. My Uncle, who is in the R.E., was mentioned in dispatches, and nearly all my first cousins are in training.”

Gertrude and Conny Boyle have both been very busy nursing in their Red Cross Hospital at Reading.

Rita and Kathleen Douglas are both nursing, one as a probationer in the big Stoke Infirmary and the other in a red Cross Hospital.

Muriel Jairett (Powell Jones) says that her brother had a good deal of fighting in South Africa during the rebellion, and had a wonderful escape, as a bullet went through his left sleeve, just grazing his arm; his horse also was hit. She writes from Fifeshire, where she is staying, to be near her husband, who is doing coast defence. She says they are all very tired of the work, and longing to be off to the Front. Their men, 5th Highland Light Infantry, are in splendid form and ready for anything; they do 20 to 30 miles’ march and come back as fresh as possible and singing lustily. They are excellently fed and looked after. She says: “This is a very interesting place to be in, because the war vessels pass constantly. One day we had a great excitement; one of our destroyers came right into the bay and circled round, firing 40 shots at something! We heard afterwards they were ‘firing at Fritz’, the Navy’s pet name for a German submarine which haunts these waters, but we never heard the result.”

Horne writes to tell us about her three brothers. One is with the Foreign Service Battalion in France in the transport section and drives the wagon, another is in the Artists’ Rifles with the Home Battalion, and the third is going to try for Woolwich in June, and hopes to get out to the Front before the war ends.

Mary Campbell Allen (Fuller) tells us that her husband is a Lieutenant on H.M.S. “London.” She is staying Weymouth.

Majorie Banks’ father is helping as a doctor to bring relief to the Serbian soldiers under the greatest difficulties. Her brother is a middy on the “Agamemnon” in the Dardanelles. So will have a very interesting time. She also has a brother who is a surgeon to the British Red Cross in Serbia.

Katherine Garnons-Williams is a probationer in St. Bartholomew’s Hospital.

Barbara Ganons-Williams sends us a list of her relations at the Front – Captain Pearce, K.R.R. Coprs; Major Bircham, K.R.R. Corps; Private Aylmer Garnons-Williams and Private Thomas Garnons-Williams, both Canadians; an uncle, Staff-Surgeon Garnons-Williams, H.M.S. “Amphitrite”; cousins Sub-Lieutenant A. Garnons-Williams, H.M.S. “Vanguard”; and Sub-Lieutenant L. Ricardo, H.M.S. “Lapwing.”

Ruth Tufnell says that her brother is in the Essex Yeomanry, and that they are at the Front now. They were in the trenches; that the 10th Lancers were in just before it was mined, and luckily were out just in time. She also has an uncle and several cousins at the Front.

Maud Forsdyke says that both her father and her uncle, Colonel and Mayor Forsdyke, are one war service.

Ming Glanville writes that they have a Work Party which is known as “Mrs. Glanville’s Flannel Fund.” They try to send off two or three 11-lb. parcels every week, and Ming herself is responsible for packing and sending the things off, and Mrs. Glanville says that she and Marjory are a great help to those Work Parties, and that all the people who come are so keen an get through so much work.

Catherine Capel’s brother, Jack, is in the Somerset Light Infantry, and Observer to the Royal Flying Corps.

Louie Delacombe tells us of her relations at ten Front – Harry Delacombe, R.N., Flight-Lieutenant, Colonel E, Evelegh, R.M. Light Infantry, and Second-Lieutenant Darell Evelegh, R.F.A.

Amy Pothecary (Aylward) says that her husband is a Corporal in the London Rifle Brigade, and has been in Flanders since November 20th in and out of the trenches. Her eldest brother, Dick, is with the Lahore Division, 21st Company of Sappers and Miners. He came with the first Indian Expeditionary Force from Bombay to Marseilles; he is a Corporal. Her younger brother, Jack, is a Second-Lieutenant in the 19th Yorks Regiment at Rawal Rindi.

Marion King’s only brother is in the A.S.C., and has come home on leave.

Rutledge writes to tell us about her brother, Geoffrey. She says: “He is a Captain in the 2nd Battalion Connaught Rangers, and about a year ago passed some examination, which has given him a good Staff appointment. He is Assistant Provost Marshal, and went out at the beginning of the war.” She also has a cousin who is a Lieutenant on the “Goliath” and another cousin who is in the Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Ruby Donnelly (Davis) tells us that her husband has been out at the Front since September; he is in the Garrison Artillery to a Divisional Ammunition Column, and got his Captaincy in November, and is now with the 8th Siege Battery. He has been mostly at Bethune and near La Bassée.

Alice Aylen has a brother in the R.N. and also three cousins.

Jeanie Raven (Robertson) has a young brother-in-law Assistant-Surgeon in H.M.S. “Birmingham,” and was in the Naval engagement, but as he also acts as Censor on his ship they get no startling details from him.

Violet Webb tells us that her brother, Allen, went out to France with his Regiment in August, and after doing various jobs, such as guarding railways, convoying rifles, &c., they were sent in October to the trenches. Since then he has been invalided home with arthritis and frost-bite. Her brother, Rupert, has joined the Artists’ Rifles, and is at present stationed at Roehampton.

Joan Elwes says that her cousin, Captain Somerville, of the Rifle Brigade, has come home wounded, but hopes to get out again later. Two other cousins, Captain Elwes, on General La Mothe’s Staff, and Private Elwes, in the Guards, are hoping to be at the Front soon.

Helen Blamey says that they are still busy at the U.G.S.S. with soldiers’ and sailors’ aid, &c.

Eileen Cole-Baker’s brother is still a prisoner at Magdeburg. She says they hear fairly regularly from him, and are thankful to know he is well. They are allowed to play chess and read a few English books which they send him, and he keeps cheerful, though smoking has been stopped.

Ruth Petro tells us that they have lost two cousins at the Front, and of their remaining twelve first cousins on her father’s side, three are at the Front, one a Sub-Lieutenant in the North Sea, one with the R.A.M.C., and all the rest, except a boy still at school, are at Sandhurst or in Egypt or at the Front. A girl cousin is running a Red Cross restaurant at Boulogne, and an uncle has just come back from the Front, where he has had the temporary rank of Captain with the A.S.C. Two other cousins on her mother’s side are in the Army, and will probably go to the Front this week. Another cousin is a lady doctor, and is out still, and was all through the siege of Antwerp. Her brother, Francis, is second-in-command of a submarine, and Raymond (being too young to do more) is in the O.T.C.

Mary Partridge paid a flying visit to St. Margaret’s to catch a sight of a brother from Canada before he left for France. He had been out in Canada for three years, and it seemed very sad that he had no time to go to his home in Norfolk to see his father and mother.

Jessie Lynn’s brother, Captain G. R. Lynn, I.M.S., 130th Indian Field Ambulance, Meerut Division, is serving in France.

Ruth Squire has two brothers at the Front – David, who is Second-Lieutenant, 6th Leicesters, and Charles, Lieutenant, Rifle Brigade. Her sister, Edith, is a nurse at the Front.

Gibbs says: “My brother, C. B. Gibbs, is Second Lieutenant in the 6th Wilts, and expects to go to the Front soon. He is an old Kindergarten boy.”

Mary Carver (née Malden) is Secretary to the Indian Convalescent Hospital at Ramleh, Alexandria.

Jean Alexander’s brother-in-law, Mr. Lister, has joined the A.M.S, and is Ophthalmic Surgeon to the Forces with the rank of Colonel. Their little Hospital at Aubrey House for wounded Belgians still goes on, and is wonderfully ideal opening out into the big garden.

Stephanie and Ruth Strange are very busy with their Hospital at Blandford. They are nursing a third batch of wounded, and some of the first men they had have already rejoined their Regiments at the Front. Their brother was mentioned in Sir John French’s dispatch, and has justly been promoted from Lieutenant to Flight-Commander and temporary Captain. Their other brother is on H.M.S. “Ocean” now in the Dardanelles.

Dorothy Tull says: “Alas, I am not at the Front! I only wish I were, and would give a great deal to be there if I could reconcile myself to leaving my father and mother alone. I am on the Committee of the Soldiers’ Recreation Room here, and spend most of my spare evenings down there trying to make things as pleaseant and amusing as possible for the Tommies before they go out to risk their live for us. We had 5000 troops in Woking on Thursday night on their way through Folkestone. My brother is in the Royal Fusiliers (Public School Brigade), but does not know when he will go out. I have cousin in the Canadian Contingent, who has just gone to France from Salisbury Plain; he is doing signaling and outpost duty, but hopes to be in the firing line soon.”

Clare Walker says: “I’m in the grand stand on Epson Downs, and have a ward of fifteen wounded soldiers; it is good to be able to do a little.”

Miss May Wlyd offered her services to the Aldwych Belgian Refugee Headquarters, and worked for them from September to December, as she heard that a lady who could bring and drive a car was badly wanted. For two weeks she literally drove for them from 9.00am to 10pm., or even up 12pm., her work consisting of meeting Belgian wounded soldiers and refugees and taking them to Hospitals and Depots. Her services were so much appreciated that she was asked to join the Transport Committee, consisting of 25 business men, all working at top speed every day in the week. They had to arrange to meet all the thousands of refugees we read about in the papers. One night at 11pm., just when she and the last men were packing up to go, a telephone message came saying 1700 refugees must be met at 3am that morning – they were the poor things from the wrecked Ganteame. They were met and dispatched to Alexandra Palace by early morning by means of motor bus and special trains, all of which had to be arranged for that night. The next week they sent for and brought back to England a seven weeks’ old baby and brought it safely to its mother at Hull. Nothing is too small for this Department to undertake, and they were as proud of this feat as of anything they carried through.

Lieutenant-Commander H. Wyld says he would like to write something about his work for the School Magazine, but as he is convoying troops across he dare not say anything, especially as the submarine danger has increased the difficulty and need for care.

Miss Fairclough has had a letter from her brother, in which he says: “The night before last I went to see the men in the trenches. It was very weird going out and hearing the bullets zipping all round you before you get to the trenches. The mud, of course, is almost predominant, but not quite so. The trenches in one place are only 40 yards apart, so that it does not take long for a bullet to travel a short distance… While I was there the Germans shelled the village, and it is aa awe-inspiring sight to see a house suddenly jump outwards all round, and the roof smash up, and the lot crumple to a pile of timber and bricks and a column of dust. Some shells fall in fields, make a hole 20ft. diameter, round in shape, and about 10ft, deep.”

Norah Chapman sends us the following extracts from the letters of a young officer on the Cape Station, which are very interesting as showing the work the squadron are doing:-

“We first heard rumours of war at Mauritius, and pushed on to Madagascar and then Zanzibar. On July 30th – a day out of Madagascar – I was peacefully keeping watch when the Engineer-Lieutenant told me war was imminent. We prepared for war and got everything ready for action; the ship was hurriedly smeared over with grey. The next day we had one thrill, probably our one and only, and I really thought the balloon was going up at last; the “Konigsberg,” the only German ship out here, and whom we were on the look out for, is much the same type as this ship, only faster. At 8pm. They suddenly sounded ‘action,’ and increased to full speed. The ‘Konigsberg’ had just hove in sight in the dusk. We got all our guns turned towards her ready to fire; we were neither of us showing any lights, and passed at about 3000 or 4000 yards. The slightest thing would have started an action then, as neither ship knew definitely that the other had heard that war had started, and were afraid of being surprised. It was about as near being at war as one could be, and was our one change. I am afraid we shan’t see her again, and shall have to confine our attentions to merchantmen.”

The block of the “Konigsberg” in German East Africa is described as follows: –

“The ships who were on the spot sent a boat expedition up the river to block the passage out, and had quite an exciting time, being fired at by quick-firers from the banks, where the Germans had landed and entrenched themselves. The expedition lost two killed and eleven wounded, but have bottled up the “Konigsberg” all right. She is fixed six miles up the river, and left to herself. Most of the crew doubtless die of fever, and she can’t get any stores. Our men were bitterly disappointed when they first heard of it; they were so keen ‘to give her one for the Peggy’ (‘Pegasus’) as they put it.”

“The interval following the declaration of the war was employed by most of the junior officers in getting married. These events caused much amusement in the ship, and anyone going ashore in a new monkey jacket was regarded with grave suspicion. I was closely questioned after a short foray into Simonstown – to buy a toothbrush and some safety blades – but was able to prove an alibi.”

“September 1st. We have steamed 8000 or 9000 miles since the war started. From Zanzibar we proceeded to Cape Town to pick up a convoy we are now bring home. The ‘Asteral’ is also in company, and we are in charge of six Castle liners, with the whole of the South African garrison on board. The convoy looks very stately and imposing steaming majestically along. We go on indefinitely until we are relived, and then for our sins return to the Cape… On our way back we put in at Cape Verde Islands, where there were eight or nine German merchantmen taking cover in a neutral port. Most of them are in a very bad way; no credit or money to coal to go to sea, get food, or even pay their harbor dues.”

“December 19th. We have been collecting a squadron here since November 20th with a view to laying low the German squadron which is now decorating the ocean bed somewhere near the Falkland Islands. The last ship arrived at the end of the month, and after that we were all ready to leave at a moment’s notice. The squadron consisted of six ships of various sorts and descriptions. Each of the new ships had done something, and it was very interesting getting news from literally all over the world, whence they had been gathered in. The Admiral hoisted his flag, and we sailed on December 7th. He had news from the authorities that the Germans were leaving the Pacific for German South-West Africa, and we set off to wait for them at their port, arriving on the 10th. Another of our largest cruisers joined us en route. The very day we arrived we got the news of our success in the Pacific. Everyone was bitterly disappointed in a way, but we were very glad it was us and the Japanese that sunk them. We are now back at Simonstown. Our work consists in keeping the trade routes open, and we vary our beat from time to time, speaking to various ships almost every day without discovering any of the enemy’s vessels.”