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The Maltonian - Volume 6. Issues 73 - 87
April 1941 - December 1945

No. 73 April 1941 24 pages

Two themes run through the pages of this edition: bad weather and the war. The weather had caused sporting fixtures to be cancelled, and the school itself to be closed. Even the orchestra's regular meetings are affected by the weather - though low attendance appears to be a perpetual plea in reports in even the best of weather.

The war - Mr Williams was involved in setting up the ATC Youth squads in the town. Eric Hornsey, Tom Hickes, Peter Frankish, Jack Stansfield and Jim Bennett are all prisoners of war in Germany. The OMA are raising funds to send them some comforts. Pat Mitchell (33 - 36) had appeared in the papers with regard to his life in the RAF [photos of Pat and his air crew are in Mrs Williams album. I did not know who they were until I read this edition - to be scanned. SF], and Betty Wood (27 - 32) is working as a Senior Theatre Sister in Sunderland. Charlie Wood 25 - 29) is in the RAF, and Maurice Wood (30 - 33) is a sapper in the RE's

Mr Mudge had been in hospital for an operation; his motorbike writes an article about his daily journey bringing Mr Mudge to school. For a time four teachers had been absent.

There are Form reports from forms I to VI - there are '21 individuals, all sizes and girth' in the VIth form. The Guides continue to meet, but there is no mention of Scouts.

Rambles at random, Number 25, visits Norton.

The OMA had purchased a mahogany chest of drawers as a wedding present for Mr and Mrs Williams.

No. 74 July 1941 26 pages

The editorial refers to the 'latest influx' swelling numbers - presumably a reference to refugees being accommodated. It also mentions 60 applicants for places in September, though the admission limit is 30. Marion Edwards is remembered, having recently been a victim of a London Air Raid - 'killed in the open, when in the middle of the raid, she was taking refreshments to the fire-fighters'. She was the School's first senior mistress.

A summary of the results of the Inter-House Sports competition is included. P Denison is Victor Ludorem. [We have a photo of a group from the sports day including Denison, sent by David Thackray, who was to become Victor Ludorem in 1944]. 'Sports' include Cricket Ball Throw, Stick and Bottle Race, Potato Race, Netball Shooting, Skipping, Slow Bicycle, Travelling, Three-Legged Race, Obstacle Race and Tug of War, as well as the more athletic disciplines of HighJump, Long Jump, 100 yards, 220 yards and 440 yards.

Form Reports, Tennis, Cricket (limited ground quality because of petrol rationing). Guides had an enjoyable camp in May. Only two patrols - Heather and Kingfisher. The Orchestra has been inspired by Miss Berry - but they still look for increased numbers. The Ghost of Scampston Mill is reported on by N Bowes (Form IV), amongst other prose and poetry contributions.

Under OMA news Rambles at Random rambles for 3 pages around Chester (M. H. L.) . Eric Robson writes from Italian Somaliland, "well into enemy country". Tributes are paid to Marion Edwards, and Harold Barlow (23 -31) - the latter killed in action at the sinking of the Bismarck. Updates on many other former pupils are included - many are in the forces or work related to the war.

No. 75 December 1941 24 pages

Sir Edward Whitley was the principal guest at the Prize Distribution: "the foremost aim in education is the training of character". news from the forms includes a report from an evacuee into Form I - one of the "Orange berets" from Hull - noting the differences between her previous school and her temporary home. Form II is "more than half evacuees". Form III have just one additional boy. Form IV has five new members from Hull. Football, Hockey and Guides report - Guides having a swelling of numbers which necessitated two new patrols. Library notes as usual. An article on tea-drinking by H Thomson. The Ark Royal - a poem. A prose offering - Rats - by V Cable. The Band of Hope. The Cord. Night Thoughts. Eric Robson writes again from Addis and Harrar. Rambles at Random visits Gretna Green.

No. 76 April 1942 24 pages

A routine edition. Limited to 24 pages with an eye on paper resources during the war. Form reports, poetry and prose, guides, library, a crossword. Old Maltonians pages note Ian McKinnon's success- the first pupil from MGS to win a County Major Scholarship. Rambles at Random visits Bude in Cornwall. Eric Robson writes - from West Africa. Wilf Wise writes having been shot down on the Dutch coast, in hospital and about to go to a POW camp. Addresses for six POW's are included for Maltonians to write to their colleagues: E P Hornsey, Tom Hicks, Capt Arthur Bennett and P G Frankish in Stalag VIII, J Stansfield in Stalag XX, and W A Wise in Stalag Luft I. Bad weather had affected Football and Hockey.

No. 77 July 1942 24 pages

The editorial is very wartime centred. Urging all to help on the farms during holidays, train in the ATC, and ensure courtesy and consideration remains strong, in the absence of so many adults to check poor behaviour. Notes on the Priory Church offer some information about the School's distant past. It suggests that the school was 'one house called the schoolhouse, one cottage beside the churchyard gate, one cottage opposite to Darven' (the river Derwent; this cottage is probably the older part of the Gannock house) ;and the churchyard'. A document of 1717 had been found, in which the current master was found to be unsatisfactory. 'If the master be a common drunkard or do not pay all the payments ... directed by the constitution or shall be remisse or negligent in teaching the Scholls or be guilty of any crimes, or have any disease that he cannot teach the school, then a Committee of nineteen - ie the 'Farmer of Old Malton Manor, 12 of the best householders in Malton, and 2 honest persons each from Norton, Settrington and Appleton were to send a report to the Archbishop, but only after the Master had had four warnings of four months later'. Inter-House sports. Form News. Cricket. Tennis. Guides are flourishing. Library notes. Poetry and prose. Some notes from Louis Glynn (1919-24) about life on the S.S. ____ (presumably censored). Torpedoed off the coast of Africa. Shored up about two weeks later 20 miles south of St Louis - 250 miles north of Dakar. Louis got back to Malton, then went to sea again, but did not return from this final voyage, lost at sea. Edgar Hopperton (1931-36) also lost.

No. 78 December 1942 20 pages

Miss Shepherdson is recalled to Hull. Miss Fraser has leave for a term. Miss Carter departs after a term. Miss Frankland joins to teach PE and Miss Low becomes full time. 39 new entrants are recorded.

There are notes on an excavation from Rev J S Purvis - it doesn't say where, but we might assume the Old Priory Church. Jean Errington notes the Brave New World differences of her new school. Library notes as ever extol the virtues of reading - and remind pupils of the desirability of silence. Poetry prose and (larger) crossword. Rambles at Random is axed due to the war restrictions on paper. OM news notes another prisoner of war - Andrew Taylor in Italy. 'Airgraphs' come from many parts of the world.

No. 79 April 1943 24 pages

Difficult times for all are noted. Miss Tinker has left for Doncaster Grammar School, Mr Hickling has replaced her. Football Netball and Hockey are noted. The 1st (Grammar School) Malton Scout troop is experienced a 'veritable renaissance' in membership, as are the Guides. Uniforms are in short supply, and former members are urged to pass theirs back for use. A defence of Science teaching is made by H Vasey of VI Science. Franz Goldberg notes the differences between continental and English schooling. OM notes adds Tony Ayres to the list of prisoners of war. Mark Lupton (1923-26) was killed in a flying accident - during training.

No. 80 July 1943 24 pages

Perserverance and service are the watchwords. Miss Pogson is recalled to Hull [another evacuee teacher presumably]. Mr Eastwood has bequeathed a generous legacy [it is not mentioned what it is]. M.O.I films have been showing the work and life of uniformed and civilian services. Dolls and toys for fighting France have been made by the guides, under the direction of Miss Low and Miss Lamin.

The Records of Summer Term 1943 note Ian Berry as Summer Term Head Boy. E B Farnell is noted as 1942-3 Head of School in issue 78, so perhaps Farnell had left and Berry had substituted for the term (Farnell is reported to be at Edinburgh University in the OMA section). The records also note awards of 'Posture Badges' to 13 girls - 'for the way they sit, stand and carry themselves in the school'. Also 'alertness both mental and physical, which is essential in qualifying for the badge.' Boys do not appear to have a similar award. Tennis notes - 6 out of 10 matches cancelled due to bad weather. Cricket notes the departure of Kirkwood Tweddle Farnell and Walsh limiting the experience of the first XI. 'The less said about the Junior XI, the better' suggests more work was needed by the younger players. Inter House Sports are summarised as usual for the summer edition - though later the OMA pages say that they took place on 29th July, so the July edition must be published either very promptly or after the end of term. Library gets over a page. Guides and Scouts continue to flourish, the latter with the aid of the new teacher Mr Hickling. Poetry and prose includes Maureen Ash's description of the girls' first visit to Norton Swimming Baths. A chess puzzle (mate in 3) appears I think for the first time. OMA Day was enjoyable - Cricket and Tennis matches against the school were followed by a Reunion dance. John Mason writes from Libya. Eric Robson writes as he returns to England. Numerous letters as usual from all over the world.

No. 81 December 1943 24 pages

Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Williams on the birth of John. Best wishes to Maltonians all over the world. Brief (very) notes on Football, Hockey, Netball, Guides (Robins and Swallows patrols have been added to accommodate the increased interest). A report of an enjoyable guides' party - Halloween - in 'freak costumes' - followed by performances by each patrol. And M M Fraser reports on Harvest Camp, at The Barns in Castle Howard Park. A Visit to York Castle Museum. First Flights by Two ATC Cadets (G Anderson and R Metcalfe, Form V). In OMA, John Taylor writes of going to sea, Herbert Fryer from India, TGLM on Whaling in South Africa, Philip Theasby from The Himalayas.

No. 82 April 1944 24 pages

The editorial recognises what has been becoming more apparent in recent editions - the correspondence to the OMA has increased, as has the distance travelled by the letters. The war has increased people's need to find base, to remember their home, their roots and their families. 'Nothing very startling' has happened in the Guides. Scouts had a very successful Christmas party. J H urges people to read books. The Adelphi Players (two actors) had visited on 21st January, to present 'The Destiny of Man', a 'new type of play'. Toc H week had seen a week of entertainments - Whist Drive, Sideshows, Fortune-Teller, Auctions, Concert and party - "a complete surprise thrown on us by the Head master", to raise £5 in a week. Final receipts were £31. Landmarks. Machinery. Good old times. OMA notes its pride on hearing of the award of M.B.E. to Captain Eric Walker Wilson (MGS 1913-14) for his bravery when in command of the Hospital Ship Newfoundland, sunk by air attack at the Salerno landing. Letters include Dawn on Mount Everest (K Beverley, Staff), a tribute to John Lupton, killed in a plane crash, notes on prisoners of war, news from navy, air force and army, including Gordon Bratt from a cave in Italy, and much more, over 8 pages. The magazine was clearly as much for its former students as it was for those currently at school.

No. 83 July 1944 24 pages

The editorial notes 'the keenest satisfaction from the progress, in War time, of the Education Bill. The very foundation of lasting peace must be the development of that influence which makes for freedom of thought and expression, which severs the bonds of ignorance and narrowness of outlook, which denies the right of a State to warp the outlook of its youth - the development of true Education'. It goes on to urge readers to consider teaching as a profession - as the bill will demand an increase in the teaching force. IT notes the concern that it may be the Cinderella of professions, and it may not be adequately paid. 'There are many indications that authority has at last seen the light and that the man in the street is awakening to a truer educational perspective. There can be no doubt that we are indeed upon the threshold of a New Order in which youth and those who serve youth will find their desserts.'

The subsequent pages notes that Speech days have not been organised during the war years. Notes of successes of a number of pupils are made in lieu of this absence. Girls Games, Cricket and Library are as usual noted, as are Scouts and Guides. Scouts have held two camps - Troop and Otters. Pamela Gray's essay on The Thriller is included, as is R Sawdon's essay on The Climate of England. MR Bailey, a student from St John's, had rehearsed and performed Sir Toby and Company, presumably a selection from Twelfth Night rather than the full play, with Form IV. The VIth Form report on their efforts to dramatise the Pickwick Papers. Eileen Gale (Form V) reports on the efforts of a group of girls to prepare the tennis lawn - cutting the grass and marking out the courts. As usual there are a number of pages reporting correspondence from all over the world as Maltonians keep in touch from their various postings.Canada, Normandy, Spain, Burma, Italy, Durban, Malaya, Alexandria, and the Mediterranean are all mentioned - as are England Scotland and Wales.

No. 84 December 1944 24 pages

The editorial notes 182 students, compared with 174 a year ago. 'we are still overcrowded and still have to refuse admission to more than half the applicants'. Form V results represent a record with 27 School Certificates being awarded. Speculation continues as to the effect of the Educatoin Act - but the first mention of the 'urgent need of a Gymnasium and Assembly Hall' is made. Hockey suffered from poor weather, Netball from favourable weather. Football was 'on the whole ...quite successful'. Guides and Scouts continue. An Advanced Agility Class has started. An article on Tate Scrating from Kathleen Martin (Form VI) notes her efforts, with friends, to pick potatoes and help the country. Mr BArty's school choir is to perform in The Yorkshire Rural Communities Carol Service at St Michael's. Miss Lamin has been running Folk Dancing classes on Wednesday afternoons. A report on the difficulty of purchasing and hanging a new picture is given by R Spencer. A print of Paul Nash's 'Sussex Downs' was hung in the Hall. Elsie Taylor's (Form VI) essay on These Childish Things is included, along with K Towse's 'Reflections on Clay Modelling'. A dramatic interlude entitled 'Knock Knock' is included. OMA notes continue to list concerns as to those missing. Ken ('Sally') Lunn is the latest, after the airborne operations at Arnhem. Later reports confirm him as a German prisoner of war. Donald Canham's ship has been torpedoed. News from the three Forces is included with many other letters and notes of former pupils and their families.