School History

Christmas 1914 

Volume IX Christmas 1914 No. 54



Once more we are approaching Christmas, but this year is different from all others.  Many of us have friends serving with His Majesty's Forces on land or sea.  In this number there is a list of Old Edwardians serving with the colours.  It must be very incomplete, and the Editors would be pleased to receive the names of other Old Boys who are doing their duty to their country, together with their rank and unit.

Meanwhile the great event of the Christmas term is not to take place.  Those in authority decreed that there was to be no public prize-giving or opera.  The prizes are to be distributed at our breaking-up in the School hall, and no parents or friends are to attend.  No doubt some of the Governors will be present, but it will be quite an informal affair.

We have to go back some six or seven years for a prize-giving in the hall.  Then there were only about 150 boys in the School, and there was room for outsiders

Old Boys' News

We hope, when the first stress of the war is over, to be able to publish letters from Old Boys at the front, or in other parts of the world, giving their experiences.

The Roll of Honour, imperfect as it must be, proves that the old School is keeping well to the fore.

Eric Gutteridge, with his knowledge of French and German, tried his hardest to obtain an interpretership, but evidently such posts are very sought after, as he was unsuccessful.  Not to be beaten, he travelled 500 miles to join various corps, and, at last, hearing there were vacancies in the R.F.A., he took his car to Portsmouth and enlisted.  the recruiting officer asked him if he knew of any others, adding that he would keep the list open for twenty-four hours.  He rushed back to Southampton and gathered in-seventeen!  Bravo, Gutteridge!

R.S Boyt has been promoted to Staff-Inspector in Lloyd's Bank.  No less than 1000 members of staff of this bank have enlisted.  Mrs. R.S. Boyt has four sisters. One is married to a German who has already won the Iron Cross; another's husband is in Krupp's; a third has a husband in the French army, and the husband of the fourth has given himself and his car to carry dispatches from the front. Her own brother is serving in Kitchener's Army.

We regret to announce the death of Assistant-Paymaster Pinhorn, who was amongst those lost in the sinking of H.M.S. Hogue.

We regret to announce also the death of Sidney J. Browne, of the 1st Life Guards, who was killed in action at Zillebenke on November 20th.  He was at School from 1896 to 1898.