S. C. Sandifer : 1931-38 (School Captain, 1937-38 ; Prefect, 1936-38 ; Captain of Mallinson House, 1936-38 ; Captain of Athletics, 1937-8).
Much is expected of a School Captain. He must serve everyone, masters and boys; he must at the same time avoid obsequiousness and cheap popularity. In Sandifer we have had a School Captain whom we could both like and respect. His constant cheerfulness and smiling efficiency spurred many a prefect on to better things. "Gentlemen, the north and south lobbies and stairs .....!" have been familiar words which always produced results.
We understand that Sandifer is to become a medico. We are sure that the arduous work required in training for that profession will not deter Sandifer, and that he will continue to pursue his studies with the diligence which we have always admired beyond words.
J. Cater : (Prefect, 1937-38 ; 1st XI Football, 1937-38; 2nd XI Cricket, 1938) .
The secret of Cater's popularity has never really been discovered. But no one has ever denied the existence of a "certain something" in his personality. He possesses a kind of dignified joviality.
We are sorry that he has to leave so soon, as his sporting achievements would have been of great value to the School for another year.
Of his academic honours we shall know nothing until the General School Examination results are announced, for he has combined with other pleasing traits the valuable gift of true modesty.
A. C. Chamberlain : 1931-8 (Prefect, 1936-38 ; Captain of Cricket, 1937-38 ; 1st XI Cricket and Football, 1937 and 1938 ; Captain of Higham House, 1937-38).
Efficient captaincy is essential to success in sport. The excellent results of the School Cricket 1st XI may therefore be ascribed in some measure to Chamberlain. It has become a familiar sight to see him seated with a bat between his knees, solemnly oiling it, and wearing a most contented look.
He was a popular and efficient prefect, for despite his natural reserve, many boys had come to appreciate his value to the School, and his constant readiness to help in many activities. He goes with our best wishes to Queen Mary College, London.
L. H. Cherry : 1932-38 (Prefect, 1937-38 ; Gymnastic Team, 1935-38; Secretary, 1937-38) .
Cherry has left at last! His unexpected return has been fully justified, for he has now entered that mysterious occupation, the Civil Service. If any readers wish to know something of his personality and activities, we refer them to No. 35 of The Monovian.
A. Horder: 1930-38 (Prefect, 1937-38 ; Laboratory Prefect, 1935-38 Photographic Society).
Horder has never been in the full limelight, but he has been an excellent prefect and a most capable assistant in the Chemistry Laboratory.
Perhaps it is well that he will no longer demonstrate his strange inventions in the Labs, although his departure will, we imagine, make life rather less eventful in the Science Sixth.
We wish him every success at University College, Hull.
J. T. Mandlers: 1930-38 (Prefect, 1937-38 ; Photographic Society Secretary, 1936-38; Athletics Team, 1936 and 1938). Manders was the victim of circumstances. His most unfortunate illness might well have ended his career at School, but his great courage brought him back to continue his course for the Higher School Exam. He richly deserves success.
His athletic achievements have been examples of the same determination to best misfortune, and his success in jumping, javelin and discus throwing, and in running testifies to his dauntlessness in training.
He is one of a very old guard, which, except for a few members, became extinct in the School two years ago. He still refers to his third-form days as a kind of golden age.
We feel sure that the energy and persistence which Manders has always shown will carry him far in life.
J. F. Manning: 1932-38 (Prefect, 1936-38 ; 1st XI Football, 1937; 2nd XI Cricket, 1937-38 ; School Orchestra, 1932-38 ; School Tennis Team, 1937-38 ; Table Tennis Club Secretary, I937)
We feel that despite his considerable ability on the violin, displayed both in the School Orchestra (of which he was leader for over two years) and in the morning recitals, there was a barbaric strain in Manning. At least we find it very incongruous for a serious musician to be a "swing" fanatic and at times an amateur crooner.
Politeness would attribute this phenomenon to a catholic taste. Really it was the expression of an exuberance concealed beneath a somewhat solemn and dignified expression.
His activities in the School testify to his ability in many directions. He was an actor who knew how to raise a laugh at every joke. He was a raconteur of some note, and, of course, an excellent prefect.
E. C. Poyser: (Prefect, 1937-38 ; 1st XI Cricket, 1937-38 ; Table Tennis Team Captain, 1937-38) .
We always looked up to Poyser in our first-form days. We still have to look up to address his six-foot-something.
It is to be hoped that his future studies will not interfere with his regular visits to a certain football ground, where, it is understood, football is played as nowhere else, not even at Highbury.
The Imperial College of Science is robbing the commercial world of a genius. Who else could have managed the affairs of the tuck-shop with such skill? He was a real business man, for he knew how to suit the pockets of the masses without destroying his own gains. But whatever his future profession we wish him the success that his efforts have so well deserved.
R. H. Willianis : 1932-38 (Prefect, 1937-38; 2nd XI Football, 1937-38; School Tennis Team, 1937 and 1938; Athletics Team).
"A quiet and efficient prefect," the description to which editors so often resort, can be applied with truth to Williams, although he was rather less quiet behind the green curtains than when on duty. "Hoi!" and "Gerraway !" will no longer be heard in the Prefects' Room.
His success on the football field was even surpassed by his skill at penny football on the "pitch" in the Prefects' Room! To be placed 24th in the Civil Service Clerical Exam. is no mean achievement. But what else could one expect to follow six distinction standards in the General Schools Examination.
F. C. Carpenter: 1931-38 (Prefect, 1936-38; Editor, The Monovian, 1937-8; Librarian, 1935-37; Sec. General Committee, 1937-38 ; School Orchestra, 1935-38; Chairman Debating Society, 1937-38) .
In Carpenter the School undoubtedly loses one of its best prefects. The various School activities all claimed some connection with him, and it was his extreme willingness to help everybody that made him so very popular. The younger, boys in the School regard Carpenter with great respect and find it rather puzzling when they know that Latin is his favourite pastime; the Sixth Formers, on the other hand, are rather apt to use this to their own advantage.
In his many duties he was quietly efficient, and he was always ready to give up his own time to the School; these qualities coupled with his genial nature and pleasing personality should stand him in good stead at Cambridge.
[As Editor of the Monovian he ranks with the bust we havc. had.-G.R. ] .