Magazine, Christmas 1918

The Front Cover


To Old Caldicottians.

Send we our greeting to old Caldicottians,
We who yet labour at Latin or French,
Ugly 'uns, pretty 'uns, sane 'uns, and dotty 'uns,
Greet we our heroes in plain and in trench.

You who, in Servian, Greek, or Bulgarian,
Flemish, or Mesopotamian fields,
Strive with the cruel Teutonic barbarian,
Smiting him hard till he staggers and yields.

We, in the place that of old educated you,
Placidly live a less perilous life;
But we remember with zeal unabated, you
There in your dangerous glorious strife.

Each of us thinks of you constantly now in his
Intervals short of his studious toil;
" Thompson, and Ingle, and Pope and M'Cowen is
Gaining us honour and fame in the broil."

“Soon, when the roar of the battle is quieted,"
So we observe, “we shall see you, and you'll
Turn to the place where you studied and rioted,
Home of your memories, Caldicott School."

E. E. K.


This third number of our Magazine has blossomed out into a picturesque cover to celebrate “peace on earth" and a Christmas festival such as the world has never seen. We send a particularly hearty greeting to all old boys who have fought for us and assure them that nobody admires their splendid deeds and unselfish service more than the present boys of their old school. We particularly congratulate Lieut. Howard on getting a bar to his M.C., and Capt. and Adjutant Dick Holman and Capt. G. J. Jackson on getting their military crosses.

The Roll of Honour in the Chapel contains the names of thirteen old boys who will return no morc. Three were killed this year: R. E. Hubbard, F. D. Adam, and A. Parke, M.C. Parke was one of the original eight boys to come in January, 1904. He was in all the teams. Adam was head boy, and Hubbard was the first patrol leader of the lions. We hope next year to put up a memorial to the old boys who fought in the Great War, which shall be permanent and worthy of them. In conclusion we wish all old Caldicottians a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year with something over the usual good cheer for the wounded and returned prisoners.

Modern Note (2008): There were no photographs in the magazine.
Below is a picture of the 1904 Cricket Team, from the Caldicott Archives. A Parke, MC, killed in 1918, is in this picture.

Standing: EA Fiddian, N Hudson, EP Johnson, J Wright, A Thoday
Sitting: F Pope, B Jackson, TL Parke (capt.), A Parke, H Boston, G Hayhurst

Roll Of Honour.

1916: C.F.Batty. E.S.Chandler. E.B.George.
1917: S.D.Wright. F.J.E.Stafford. G.T.Goodman, J.W. H.Trenchard. J.P.Hargreaves. T.Caudwell, P.W.C.Northcroft.
1918: R.E. Hubbard. F.D.Adam. A.Parke, M.C.

In Memoriam


IT was with deep regret we learned on re-assembling at the beginning of this term, that Miss Todd had died of spotted fever, on August 10th. When we broke up for the summer holidays the reports had been fairly favourable, and most of us hoped that a complete recovery was possible. The. Dreadful disease, however, had got too firm a hold of Miss Todd, who was run down in health before the attack, and the end came on August 10th. Miss Todd had been on the School staff from the very commencement, and was, indeed, the first member of the staff to be engaged. She began with six pupils and a little singing-class of eight. Her work was well and faithfully done; she put all her great energy and enthusiasm into it, and her pupils showed by their almost unfailing success in public examinations how much they had profited by her teaching. She leaves a gap which will not be easily filled, and we offer to her sisters the sincere sympathy of the School for the great loss they have sustained.

A brass tablet is to be put in the Chapel to her memory, and upon it will be engraved the sentence, " Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might " - words which were, in truth, the keynote of her life.

School Notes.

ON referring to the first issue of this Magazine, J. H. J. hoped that it would attain the dignity of a third number. We are glad to say that it has accomplished its aim, and we send it into the world with even greater hopes than before.

On Tuesday, November 12th, Mr. Jenkins gave us a holiday to celebrate the signing of the Armistice by Germany. The Leys also had a holiday, and several old boys came over. In the afternoon, eight of the latter played our football team, and won 3-I. In the evening we were most kindly treated to an excellent supper, given by Mrs. Morel.

The Soldiers' Party is taking place this year on December 14th. The Seniors will act two scenes from Dickens, and the Juniors ... “Patriotic Pence."

The School is sorry to miss the services of Miss Daniel, but welcomes Miss Hill and the Rev. S. M. Hayward, B.A., B.D., as new members of the Staff.

Speech Day was on July 23rd, 1918. The morning was wet, but fortunately it cleared up in the afternoon for the Prizegiving. Dr. Kimmins presented the prizes. The word “discipline" was greatly used by the speakers!

On October 23rd, 1918, the Scout Troop marched to a meeting, presided over by Mr. Jenkins, at the Letchworth Wesleyan Chapel.  Brig.-Gen. Rev. J. H. Bateson, the chief Wesleyan chaplain, delivered a splendid address on “A Visit to the Grand Fleet." He afterwards inspected the Troop.

The Scouts and the Wolf Cubs attended the funeral of Lieut Keith Adcock, R.E., which took place on Monday, November 4th, 1918.

This term the School contributed £1 16s. towards the Leysian Mission.


Natural History Society.


Co-Presidents: W. Percival Westell,  F.L.S., J. Heald Jenkins, M.A.  CommiTTee: W. S. Green, W. E. T. Lock, J. Pearman, C. Powell, E. H. Terry. Hon. Secretary: S. Corderoy.
Hon. Treasurer: G. Scott. Hon. Librarian: A. F. Lockwood.
Hon. Curator: R. G. Baker. Hon. Lanternist: N. Powell.
Hon. Editors of Magazine: P. M. Wright and J. G. Jones.

In spite of an unfortunate beginning, the N.R.S. commenced its second year under the happiest auspices. The enthusiasm of the new boys has created a favourable impression, and the number of Observations and Exhibits at the fortnightly Saturday meetings has become a pleasant and important feature. The Papers have all shown thoughtful preparation and have been well delivered. The complete Syllabus for the Winter term is given below:

Syllabus Of Lectures.


Oct.  5- W. P. Westell, Esq., F.L.S.: "Old St. Albans."
C. and N. Powell: Lantern Lecture, " A Trip to Paris. "
Nov. 2-A. F. Lockwood: A chapter from "The Circling Year."
A. J. W. Stead: "The Canine Race."
16  - P. M. Wright: "The Lore of the Honey Bee."
J. H. Jenkins, Esq., M.A.: "Elephants."
30 - Miss T. M. Ingram: Read some Poetry.
]. Pearman: "The Feline Race."
Dec. 7 - W. P. Westell, Esq., F.L.S.: Lantern Lecture, "Notable Personalities at the Zoo."

The balance in hand is £3 7s.

Nature's Wonders.

Nature has given us wonders untold,
Naturalists try these things to unfold;
Nature has given to each little flower,
Power to protect itself in danger's hour.
Each little insect has powers of its own
Why should you harm it ? - leave it alone;
Each has its duty, some work to perform;
Leave it unhurt - be it only a worm!


Librarian's Report.

I BEG to report the addition of the following books to the Library:

1. Stories of Insect Life, by William ]. Claxton. Presented by A. F. Lockwood.
2. Dwellers in the Garden, by Rev. Theodore Wood. Presented  by .. A Member."
3. Eggs and Nests of British Birds, by Frank Finn. Presented by C. and N. Powell.
4. Romance of the Rocks, by Rev. Charles A. Hall. Presented by J. Pearman.

We wish to thank the donor of Dwellers in the Garden for his kindness in sending us a book.

A. F. LOCKWOOD, Hon. Librarian.




Hitchin Grammar School, home, lost  8-2

Arundale School, away, drawn 5-5

Leys Minimi, home, lost 4-0

OWING to the prevalence of influenza in this district several matches have been cancelled.


Goal.- Wainwright: A reliable goalkeeper, clears excellently to the wing.

Backs.- Scott i: A moderate back, kicks well. Baker: Excellent back; has played well throughout the season.

Halves.- Lowry: Good half, tackles very well, and sticks to his man. Lock (captain): Good half, feeds the forwards well, tackling good. Powell ii: Moderate half; heading good, kicks wildly.

Forwards.- Field (vice-captain): Runs up the wing well and centres excellently; shows great improvement; a dangerous shot. Bazeley: Good forward, passes well, shooting good. Corderoy: Rushes well, his heading is fair; shooting is rather weak. Terry; Good forward, but his shooting shows great improvement. Scott ii: Fair forward, centres well, but is rather inclined to funk.

W. E. T. LOCK and R. G. FIELD.

A Visit To An Aerodrome.

IMAGINE you are going to Hendon, the biggest aerodrome in England. When you arrive there you would see a great many hangars. The hangars are the sheds that the aeroplanes are kept in. Then, perhaps, you would see some aeroplanes going up and coming down, or an airship or a balloon being filled with gas. Coming out of its hangar you would see a large aeroplane, known as the Handley-Page. It has two propellers and several machine-guns. The engines would then be started; the machine would run along the ground a little way, leave the earth and rise higher and higher till it disappeared behind some trees. After a time it would come into sight again. descend, and finally come to rest on the green grass. The men would get out, and mechanics would push it back to its hangar.

(Slightly edited.) E. HINTON (aged 9).

Pot·Pourri !

I. "Ruth" has become an institution this term and served as a living illustration at a meeting of the N.H.S. She's a nice old dog.

2. Was it G--- ii who took her round the playing-field with her lead attached to his new pink tie?

3. Why does P-- always smile when the word " kink " is spoken? Is it because it is associated with a plant that brings JOY to the traveller?

4. Who was it that went in search of a piece of string when it was suggested it might prove useful for tying up his " whistle" ?

5. What is the latest article of apparel undiscovered by R--- J--- ?

6. Recent improvement suggests that the same new boy must have practised the noble art of standing securely upon his feet. .

7. A wag suggested earlier in the term that he should be rechristened Rocking J---

8. The N.H.S. didn't expect two trips to Paris in one evening, but the members present were much relieved when some of the" Streets" were omitted from the second itinerary.

9. We were delighted to welcome Baker i, Field i, Scott i and others on the Leys monthly holiday in October; but why did F--- so unceremoniously dive through the window of the lower bicycle shed?

10. When a certain pair of spectacles were believed to have fallen earthwards, which small boy exclaimed, Please, Mum. they're on your head ! "

II. One has heard of the proverbial Scot, but a recent Grammar stunt has produced, at his own bidding, the adverbial Scott!

12. Who was the Lodge boy that suggested, when asked if he was ticklish, an experiment being tried under his arm?

13. Have any of the new boys been given nicknames?

14. The flint hunt provided great excitement and some remarkable results during a Nature walk. Does W--- know even now what a rostrocarinate is ?

15. Who is the best Wright-er (writer) in the School?


Wireless Telegraphy.

ON October 1st, the Daily M--- , a London paper which shall be nameless (in spite of its" largest circulation" and phoenix-like popularity on the Stock Exchange), devoted its third  “leader" to the wireless message sent recently from Carnavon to Australia, a distance of 12,000 miles, or half-way round the world; and in so doing made an amusing blunder, which illustrates the wonderful, even miraculous, awe in which " wireless" is held by the public generally. The Daily M---said, .. Such is the perfection of his (i.e., Marconi's) instruments, that the message took only one-fourteenth of a second to travel half-way round the world." The rate at which the message travelled is roughly correct, as all wireless messages travel at that same rate, whatever distance they go. The true wonder of the feat was that an instrument could send a message with sufficient power behind it to be capable of detection at such a great distance, and that the receiving instrument was sufficiently sensitive to detect the message.

How, then, do these messages travel? Well, I suppose you have all thrown stones into a lake or pond, and have noticed the waves that travel from the spot where the stone enters the lake, to the shore or bank. Suppose, now, that a cork was floating on the water at some point near the shore; the waves made by the stone would cause the cork to bob up and down. In other words, the disturbance you made with the stone in one part of the pond would cause a disturbance at any point where your cork was floating.

In a similar manner, a wireless station creates a disturbance in the aether (you can call it the" air," if you wish) which disturbance causes waves to flow through the aether. These waves travel very much faster than the waves on the pond, however. They travel at the rate mentioned in the beginning of this article, and would go right round the world in one-seventh to one-eighth of a second, i.e., practically instantaneously. These waves then create a similar disturbance in a receiving instrument-just as the water waves caused the cork to be disturbed.

Now you at Caldicott are all Scouts or Cubs - at any rate you used to be. So I presume you all know that by sending dots and dashes, we can signal any letter, and therefore any word and any message. All we have to do, therefore, to send a message by" wireless" telegraphy-or radio-telegraphy, as it is more correctly called-is to make with our sending instrument a short series of disturbances in the aether to represent a dot, and a long series of disturbances to represent a dash.

And that is how we send and receive by wireless.

The instruments we use are electrical, and, like everything electrical, are very rapid. So much so that the electrical disturbances are manipulated at such a rapid rate that the regular speed of working between wireless stations is between 100 and 125 letters a minute.

When the war is over, " wireless" will develop enormously, I believe. And I hope this brief explanation will serve as a beginning of study for some Caldicottian of future fame. You are not allowed to set up a wireless station during the war, but, when it is all over, there is no reason why - subject to our Head's approval - we should not have in the reading-room a wireless instrument capable of receiving messages from any distance and any country. Then, of course, the Scouts will have to have “ pack" sets to take out on bicycle or in a knapsack. Communication between the reading-room and any Scout in the country around Hitchin will be mere "child's play," so rapid have been the strides with which the science has advanced.

O. A. S.

"Nothing To Report."

Out on the bloody field of battle,
Among the dead and the dying,
The corpse of a gallant soldier
On the desolate ground was lying.

He was one of the Empire's youngest sons,
A boy who was scarce eighteen.
He had given his life for that of his friend,
A life which was young and keen.

He had not failed when the time had come
To prove that his friendship was true.
He had saved his friend from the hand of the foe
And given his life of the two.

And those at home as they sit round their fires
With a newspaper in their hand,
Little they know what's happening
Far away in another land.

Of the gallant deed of a faithful friend,
Little they knew or thought
As swiftly their eyes glanced over the words,
"There is nothing to report."

L. N.

The Autobiography Of A Chess King.

I AM a White Chess King, of the Staunton pattern. Soon afterI was made, I, with my wife, the Queen, two Bishops with cracked heads, two Rooks who always were annoying everybody by crowing at the wrong moment, two Knights, who kept pretty quiet, and eight servants, commonly called Pawns, were sent to G---‘s, a big shop in L--- . Also there were my opponents, the Black King and Queen, with their Court in the same box. I had not been at G--- 's very long before someone opened the box and showed me and some of the others to a lady, who decided to have us for her son, a boy of twelve. I was replaced in the box, and went to sleep.

When I awoke I found myself being placed on a board with sixty-four squares on it. When we were drawn up in battle array I found that it was my master playing his father. My master, who was no good at chess, moved all the pawns up two squares. Many men were taken, and I was soon mated. However, my master improved rapidly, and often used to beat his father. One day, after a game in which my side had won, I heard my master's father say that we were going to be used in the final game of a chess tournament. Immediately the Rooks' tongues began to wag, the Bishops began to shake their cracked heads and suggest an intercession service. The next day this exciting game was played: it lasted three-quarters of an hour, and with my aid my wife put the Black King's struggles to an end. That night the chessmen made a tremendous noise; the White men were rejoicing over their victory and the Black men were using language unfit for publication, against" that fogy who had lost for them the victory."

Many times since then we have been used in famous games. Sometimes my master used to get Black to play with, and sometimes White. For winning a tournament he was presented with a lovely inlaid mahogany chess-board, beautifully polished. At last my master became engaged to a very nice girl and was married.

* * * * * *

I now live with my master and his wife and children, in a house in the heart of the country, and I am still used quite as much as in the days of my master's youth.

A. C. K


Salvete.- R. Blackman, J. Brock, H. Drake, E. Firmin, ]. Mosgrove, H. Page, G. Phillips, H. Rocyn-]ones.

Valete.- E. Lock, R MoreL

The Lakes.

The lakes are looming in the sunrise,
And the mountain air is clear.
And streaks of orange in the dark skies
Show that dawn is coming near.

But soon the heather on the hillside
Shows up purple in the day,
The lake that glitters deep and miles wide,
Sprays and ripples in the bay.

While gorse and heather 'mongst the boulders
Clothe the bracken-covered hill,
And over there by rocky shoulders
Lies a tarn quite calm and still.

But soon the sunset in its glory
Looms the sky with purple streaks,
And then the mountains black and gory
Shadow on the rocks and creeks.

At last the hills are dark and domy,
And lakes beneath the moonlight,
Like glass arc glimmering in the gloamy,
While the mountains lost in night.

X. Y. Z.

A Rhyme Of The Months.


January frosty,
February rain,
March its many weathers,
April smiles again;
May its flowery meadows,
June its roses red,
July scent of clover,
August cornfields spread;
September fruit all ripened,
October wind and rain,
November damp and foggy,
December frost again!



The Term's Scouting.

THE progress of the Scout Troop this term has been very good. Lock, Corderoy, and Jones were made Patrol Leaders, with Pearman, Terry, and Lockwood as their seconds, of the Lions, Otters, and Foxes respectively. Several boys came up from the Wolf Cubs at the beginning of the term; they are, Field, Jenkins i, Baker, and Bazeley. All of them, especially Baker, gained many badges in the Cubs, and we look forward to them winning more in the Scouts. We congratulate Corderoy on gaining the Horsemanship badge; Lock, the Cyclist; and Lock, Pearman, and Field, their fifty days of three hours each War Service badges.

On Wednesday, October 23rd, the Troop accomplished the first night march it had done for a long time, by going to the Wesleyan Chapel, Letchworth, to hear Brig.-GeneraI Rev. J. H. Bateson deliver a splendid address on " My visit to the Grand Fleet." He expressed how beautiful the Fleet looked when the battleships, cruisers, destroyers, submarines, and every other craft were together in the North Sea. After the address he inspected the Scout Troop and spoke to them about a French boy scout who was shot by the Germans for not telling them where the British were situated.

On Tuesday, November 12th, the Troop was entertained to an excellent Supper, given by Mrs Morel. During the supper the toasts of the" King and Nation," the" Old Boys," and .. Mrs. Morel " were drunk.

Under the careful supervision of Miss Ingram and Nurse Woods the Wolf Cubs are still going strong. Clapham, Green,  and Sutcliffe are sixers, with Vick, Dempsey, and Gurteen ii as their seconds.

We will be sorry to miss our senior Patrol Leader, Lock, this term; but hope that next term more badges will be gained, and that by next summer several boys will have gained their first classes.

School Calendar.

Dec. 14th. - Soldiers' Party.
Dec. 17th. - Scenes from Dickens and "Patriotic Pence" at Hobley's Restaurant.
Dec. 18th.- Exeunt omnes.
Jan. 16th, 19I9.- Redeunt omnes.