Volume X Christmas 1915 No. 57
The Voluntary Training Corps has had another good term, although several drills had to be abandoned owing to the inclemency of the weather. It is very encouraging to note the great keenness which has prevailed during what has probably been the most trying period of the training for the boys have still been doing elementary drill, which has lost the redeeming feature of novelty. As a result of this keenness they are rapidly becoming efficient, and when they receive their uniforms next term they should form a corps of which the School can be truly proud.
Again there is to be no Old Boys' Dinner this year, but those who look back regretfully on these past functions must console themselves with thoughts of the glorious re-union to be held in the new golden age known as "after the war".
The success of our Training Corps has led us to apply to the County of Southampton Territorial Force Association for official recognition as a Cadet Unit. There is every reason to expect that our application will be granted before the end of this term.
The main object of a Cadet Corps is to provide a training in discipline and self-reliance which should result in improved physique, quicker resolution, and a greater efficiency in life. Our scheme of instruction includes drilling, physical exercise, rifle practice, the making and reading of maps and signalling. Field days will be held once or twice every term.
The chief item of expenditure will be the provision of uniforms. More than 50 boys have undertaken to provide their own uniforms, whilst a number of others will bear a considerable part of the cost of their uniforms. We hope, therefore, to have a really strong unit well equipped at the beginning of next term.
We hope also that we shall be able to provide some carbines or rifles as soon as these can be obtained from the County Association.
During the Summer vacation we lost three of our masters. Mr McGhee joined the Artists' Rifles, and has only left us for the duration of the war. Dr Huppi, who has been with us for five years, as modern languages master, and was deservedly popular, has gone to a school in Switzerland, and Mr Warr is using his extensive chemical knowledge in a munitions factory.
Just after half-term we lost two monitors - A.F. Barker and C.M. Delf - who have both gone to Sandhurst. We have heard from both of them, and are pleased to say that they are both quite happy and contented despite the very arduous training they are undergoing.
This term the Headmaster has given three very interesting lectures on the war, illustrated by excellent lantern slides. The first entitled "The Causes and Commencement of the War" dealt not only with the intrigues and events which led up to the war but also with the way in which the different belligerents prepared for it and entered upon it once it was started. The second dealt with "Gallant Belgium's Defence" and described the course of the campaign in which our brave Allies held the Germans while we brought up troops to help her. The third lecture was on "The Great Retreat", vividly depicting the splendid retreat on Paris. All three were well attended and greatly appreciated. The Headmaster intends to complete the series next term by three more lectures.