When the war arrived it was ordered to cut back on paper
and print the writing in the magazine smaller, so much of the
“goings on” at the school got overlooked, but we have tried
as you read further on to reflect the some of the printed
incidents and news items, some with tongue in cheek typical
of the “British Humour” of the day, and to the left is one of them.
Which typifies the fact in the early days of the war ,that Goldings
didn’t realise the importance yet of the gravity of war and
the fact that London and surrounding area’s were to take a
massive bombings raids from the Lutwaffe shortly, but luckily
Goldings suffered lightly.
Later on in the war a V.1. Rocket came over and exploded and
The people surrounding Hertford thought it had exploded by
our Chapel with all the boys inside so the local A.R.P. raced
up to Goldings to rescue them ,but as history does show, yes a
Doodlebug (nickname for a V.1.) did come to Hertford but
exploded by the Castle Cinema.
As you can see to your left the light hearted look taken in the
Goldonian to the outbreak of the war, which sadly was penned
by Mr Battel who was to lose his life shortly in the grounds of

Those Old Boys who have not been to Goldings since War was declared, would perhaps like to know what effect the War has had
on those who are still here. Apart from the first fortnight, when everybody was rushing about, filling sandbags, digging sick bay
dugouts and extra trenches, life goes on much about the same. It was during this fortnight that we experienced our first air raid
warning and it came in the middle of the night. This, however, proved to be a false alarm. The next alarm was sounded when
everybody could almost taste their breakfast, at 6.45 a. m. to be precise. I had the impression that the boys enjoyed this latter
experience, partly due, perhaps, to the "wacking out" of chocolate in the trenches and partly due to the fact that shops did not open
until 10 a.m. Whatever the reason, however, the evacuation to the trenches was a great success without a sign of panic.
Now a word to those boys who one hears complaining about a War being on, when different restrictions are enforced they are for
your own good and safety, so use a little more common sense, and try to assist those who are responsible for your happiness and safety.

A LITTLE sadly I surveyed what had been but a short while before the Second Eleven football pitches and this was only the start, another
four were soon to come under the relentless plough. (That is not what our expert called it when he tried the contraption over a brick and
rubble dump.)
I was rather glad to be alone at this moment; there are times when solitude soothes even the most despondent spirit. It was as if these fields,
which I had known so well, understood my feelings and would like to have told me that this was but a combing and scraping, that one day
they would be green again, and with better grass than they had ever grown before. Almost poetic, isn't it? And why not? Green fields have
been the pet theme of poets for centuries, though I must admit that as a rhymester I am hopeless.
Of course, it makes us all a trifle sad to see our playing fields going like this, but we must harden our hearts, the Country's need is far more
important at present. Every acre ploughed means more vegetables grown and less we shall have to ship from abroad, thus allowing our
vessels to be used in other ways, for the transport of those commodities so necessary to win the war. Yes, these fields are our friends: and,
like true friends, they are going to help us to live, so that when victory is ours we can say with pride, Goldings did it’s bit!

REVEILLE. "Come on lads, rise and shine." That's Mr. Barnes, in charge of the boys who clean up the hall. "What's for breakfast, sir?"
"Pilchards, all the way from Cornwall" Excepting a few scruffs, everyone has a wash. Next comes breakfast. Pilchards! While the
Dining Hall is being cleaned the boys go over to the Rec. or on the Parade. "Fall in" is sounded, then the Governor takes prayers.
Parade comes after that and then the boys are inspected. Boys in the Tinsmiths are marched down to their shop, as it stands in tempting
grounds outside the orchards and gardens. Sick parade is then dismissed. Finally, remainder to Shops, which are Engineers, Gardeners,
Carpenters, Cabinet Makers, Bootmakers and Printers. Twelve o'clock out of Shops, or down tools. A wash and dinner. Football up on
top field next, then another parade. Shops and night school until 5 o'clock, then a wash and tea. After tea games and chasing until
"Under Cover." Organised games in the dormitory until G for prayers, half an hour later "Lights Out." A long sleep and then wake up
fresh in the morning.
1941, but as the war intensifies the training must continue ( making and repairing Boot and Shoes)

At the beginning of March about 150 allotment passes were issued; this shows how enthusiastic the boys were. Plots were soon staked,
in a surprisingly short time the ground was changed from a desolate bit of land to numerous little plots, all nicely trimmed and ready for
seeds to be put in. Some of the boys were too anxious to put their seeds in, with the result that they did not come up.
After the seeds and been planted, some of the boys' enthusiasm began to wane, till they gave their allotments to someone who was only
too glad to have them.
By now quite a variety of vegetables may be seen growing, from the cherished onion to spinach, the Popeye favourite. Lettuces take first
place for popularity, as they are so easy for the amateur gardener to cultivate. What comes next is hard to say. Amongst the things grown
are cabbages, parsnips, beetroot, marrows, carrots and radishes.
I think anybody who has seen the show of vegetables growing will agree with me that the allotments axe looking quite good considering
that no outside help was given except for an occasional tip from some of the masters.
The food that is grown will either be sold to the masters as a reward for their efforts, or the boys will have it for their own tea. It can be
seen that the allotments serve a threefold purpose. The first is that they are doing their little bit for the country; second is that it is a most
useful occupation; thirdly they are making a little extra pocket-money for the boys. We hope to see better efforts still in the near future.

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Maybe you noticed the Marine at Goldings early in May? He is an old Somerset boy, J. Clapton, who has seen much of life since his
schooldays here. He was on a ship when it was sunk in the Mediterranean. He is the proud possessor of the P.T. Medal, and Boxing
Cup, which he won in his particular section of the armed forces, and as that Section is the Royal Marines, the two trophies would not
be easily come by. Let us offer him our congratulations, and try to emulate his spirit. May we also offer him our sympathy in the loss
of his brother Albert, who was killed whilst serving with the Merchant Navy.

But a grim reminder of the war came a few weeks ago in the form of a telegram from the War Office, apprising the Governor that Captain
Deryck Macdonald (The Governors Son) had been wounded. Fortunately, this was soon followed by a cable from Mr. Deryck, bearing the
good news that his wound was slight. In spite of the silly talk which was often heard a few years ago, our youths are as brave and as
enterprising as ever they were, and are prone to make light of their hurts; but we sincerely hope that Captain Macdonald will indeed very
soon be restored to perfect fitness.

Mr J. H. D. Woodhouse, Mr R. Stackwood, Mr A. Jordan, Mr S Whitbread, Mr S. E. Channer

Due to Age or Ailments

Mr H. S. Randall, Mr P. F. East, Mr H. Tempest, Mr G. R. White, Mr W. H. Riley, Mr A. E. Brooks and I’m sure many more that I have
overlooked but were not mentioned in the Goldonian.
My research to this period relies on the Goldonians, and stories recalled by old boys of the period who are now becoming quite senior.
It appears to date I have no information of the end of the war and a couple of years before it, experienced at Goldings and that
Barnardo’s are also struggling too, so if anyone can help I would be so grateful, but what I can tell that in April 1st 1945 a major
change took place at Goldings, Mr Wheatley became the new Headmaster! along with his family and due to his foresight many, many
vast improvement were soon to take place for the betterment of the boys which it was to take the school from a Borstal type of regime
to a HOME for boys!

War time Staff

Staff and Boys 1942

The arrival of Mr. Wheatley

History Continued