School History

Easter 1915

Volume X Easter 1915 No. 55

 

Editorial

We again publish a Roll of Honour, and a Roll of genuine Honour it is: Honour to the Country; Honour to the School.  Yet we are certain there are many more Old Edwardians who are serving the King, whose names are not down in the list.  Any additions, corrections, or suggestions, will be gladly received by us.

There was no Old Boys Dinner last year, owing to the difficulties from the War.  We hope that there will be one this year; it is too good a function to be missed.  What an evening it will be the next time that the Old Edwardians meet together and what tales will be told!

By the kindness of Mr. Gutteridge we are able to publish some extracts from the very interesting diary of his son, Major R.F. Gutteridge, an Old Edwardian, who accompanied the Indian Expeditionary Force.  These extracts will be published in three parts of which Part I appears in this issue.


Old Boys' News

John D.S. Dean, writing from the Bank of England, says that with the exception of those who have already joined the Territorial, none are allowed to enlist.  As it is they have a large addition to the staff in the form of a number of ladies, who take up posts both temporary and permanent.  What with the Financial Crisis and the War, he adds they are kept very busy.  Since July he has been home before midnight only about eight times.  However, he concludes, those left behind must expect this kind of thing.

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Commander B. Chave, R.N.R., was lately in Luderitzbucht, in German South-West Africa, now occupied by the armed forces of the Government of the Union of South Africa. He gives us the sad news that his two brothers (both Old Boys) are dead.  At the outbreak of the War he was appointed Advisory Captain to Rear-Admiral Gillett, who commands the armed merchant cruiser Armadale Castle.  Commander Chave has now been appointed Naval Transport Officer in charge of the above German port. 

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Hal Waddington, writing from the Malabar Coast, says that he has just met the first Old Edwardian he has come across during his 25 years in India.  In the autumn they got an unexpected summons for the Southern Provinces Mounted Rifles to mobilise at Tirur for garrison duty at Malapuran.  In that climate, without motors, it was impossible in the time to reach Tirur, 55 miles away, so he ordered sections to proceed straight into Malapuran, and they were there next evening with their reserve ammunition ready for duty.  "We relieved the Buffs, and were in turn relieved by the Terriers, the 4th Somersets.  After a fortnight we were out one morning, making a march across country and had halted with arms piles to bivouac and eat our rations, washed down with milk of green cocoanuts, under a glade of bamboos, when someone remarked that it reminded him of the New Forest.  On being asked what he knew of my native heath, he turned out to be Cavell, and we swapped news of the Old School, but the boys Cavell knew seemed to be the sons of the men I was at School with."

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C. Heath has thrown up a good post in Ceylon and returned home to enlist.  Although he was offered a commission he preferred to join the Public Schools Corps.