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Valete 1947

Derek A.D Smith (1939 - 1946) Prefect 1944-46; Captain of Allpass House; Captain of Football 1946; Captain of Cricket 1946.
Smith was an invaluable member of the Cricket and Football 1st Elevens, proving himself one of the best goalkeepers the School had during the War. His captaincy of both Elevens was excellent, and he was an inspiration to the 1946 Cricket team. Mention must not be omitted of his extremely hard work behind the scenes for the Dramatic Society. Not only did he take part in the productions, but he was responsible for most of the lighting arrangements. His future career is uncertain, but we wish him the best of luck.

Clifford E. Payling (1939-1946) Prefect 1944-46, House and Football Captain of Spivey; 1st XI Colours, Football and Cricket, Football and Cricket secretary 1944-46.
Payling came out of a family with no little reputation in the School, and he certainly lived up to it. Althhough dogged by bad luck at times, he did well at games. His secretarial work in this connection was quietly performed, but was extremely efficient. His attainments on the scholastic side were certainly not negligible, and in him we have lost a valuable member of the school.

Stuart J. Barker (School Captain; 1946-47; Prefect, 1945-47; President of School Council; Secretary of Dramatic Society; Captain of Higham House).
Barker was popular throughout the School, and made an efficient School Captain. When he was not keeping goal for the 2nd XI, he was always to be seen refereeing the 1st XI game. For two years in succession he won the cup for the senior quarter-mile at the School annual Athletics Meeting. He played the leading parts in two of the full-length plays presented by the Dramatic Society. Barker's academic career was crowned by the winning of a valuable Open Scholarship at St. John's, Cambridge. At the moment he is in the Army training to be an officer.

Kenneth Lewis (School Vice-Captain, 1947; Captain Mallinson House; member of Dramatic Society and Badminton Club). Lewis will be best remembered for two outstanding achievements: first, for triumphantly winning the School seat for Labour at the General Election, and secondly, for his superlative performance as Dick Dudgeon in The Devil's Disciple. We recall with pleasure the questions with which he often embarrassed Mr. Watson in divinity periods.

John E. Knowles (Prefect, 1946 -7; Captain of Morris House, member of Science Society; Secretary of Radio Club; member of Swimming Club).
Knowles' complete reliability and delightful sense of humour made him popular with everyone. It was rare to see him without a smile. Before leaving School he gained his Inter. Science exemption. A hard worker he has the School's best wishes for the success he deserves.At present. he is a sergeant in the A.E.C. (Note, John enjoys the unique distinction of two Valetes in the Magazine. The above is a compilation of the two)

Peter Bentley (Prefect, 1946-7; member of Radio Club and Science Society).
By his cheery good humour Bentley made himself extremely popular. Equally good both at science and modern languages, he chose science for more advanced study in the VIth Form. He is now taking a degree course in geology at Imperial College, London, and we wish him every success there.

Kenneth Forsyth (Prefect, 1946-7: member of Science Society and Radio Club).
Forsyth came from the William Morris School, and in spite of being with us only three years, he proved a popular and capable prefect, and took a great interest in his house. While still at School he was the winner of the all-Essex competition for drum majors, a rank which he held in the A.T.C. He gained a very good Higher School Certificate with exemption from 'Inter. B.Sc., and we are sorry that his studies have been interrupted by military service in the R.A.F.

Frank G. Claridge (Prefect 1946-7; Captain 1st X1. Cricket: Editor of Monovian; Secretary to School Council; Captain of Morris House; member of Dramatic Society).
Claridge proved himself capable as editor of the magazine and in his other duties. He was outstanding at modern languages, and we expect to hear more of him when he has finished his period of service in the Army. On the cricket field he bowled with unfailing vigour and accuracy, and as a batsman gave us many displays of hard, stylish -batting

Normen T. Huntingford (Prefect 1946-7; Captain of Athletics, Founder of the Bible Study Circle).
Huntingford took his prefectorial duties seriously and did much to enable Spivey to reach second place in the sports. In his fast term he delighted the juniors by appearing and disappearing on a motorcycle.