Highfield School and the War, from Parish Magazine, May 1917
It may be interesting to many readers of the Parish Magazine to know what the School has done in connection with the War.
Pride of Place must, undoubtedly, be given to the “Old Boys” who have joined H.M. Forces and are to be found in all the theatres of war. I know of 137 who have “joined up” – not a bad number for a school for whose roll of boys is normally below 120. In addition to those who have joined the county regiments, the School has representatives in the A.S.C., R.G.A., R.A.M.C., R.H.A., R.F.A., R.E., Dragoons, Hussars, New Zealanders, Canadians and South Africans, while the tanks and aeroplanes are not neglected. On the naval side, cruisers, destroyers, submarines, and mine-sweepers all contain Highfield Boys.
As far as my knowledge goes, three “Old Boys” have received commissions, – viz, R. Applin, A. Pitt and R. Malerbi, while those holding non-commissioned ranks are counted by the dozen.
Three “Old Boys” have won the Military Medal for gallantry in the field, these being Wm. Channell, R. Lovelock and L. Holdaway.
I know of 11 who have made the supreme sacrifice, – viz, W. Palmer, M. Goldney, L. Armstrong, F. Richards, A. Stone, S. Noble, G. MacFarlane, S. Webb, A. Burt, R. Applin and C. Morris. May they rest in peace and be with Him, who is our great example of self-sacrifice!
These particulars, (or at any rate most of them) are recorded on a very handsome roll of honour which hangs in the School , and which I shall be pleased to show any parent or old scholar of the School at any time. It was designed and executed by Mr. Percy Gee, father of some of our scholars. A second roll is in process of preparation, and I should be very glad indeed to receive further information, so that the record may be complete.
Members of the staff have been busy with work while “carrying on” at the School. Mr A. H. Harrison, joined the R.G.A. as a private, was soon promoted to be a sergeant, and is now in training for a commission in the same Regiment.
The outbreak of War found three of the assistant-mistresses engaged in Red Cross and St. John’s Ambulance work; another is very often found in a hospital concert party; while yet another gives regular assistance in Y.M.C.A. work.
Collections have been made in the School from time to time, and no less a sum than £60 has been sent to various War funds; while some of the elder girls have had a share in the making of woollen garments for the troops.
The recent development of women’s work in connection with the war makes me think there must be many of our girls engaged in hospitals, the W.A.A.C., munition works, etc., and I should be pleased if they would send me particulars , in order that they might have their place in the School record.
If this article should fall into the hands of any ex-scholars” of Highfield School who are “doing their bit”, I should like to assure them that the old School often thinks about them and includes them in their morning prayers.
Archer T Flux, Headmaster