Waterford School behind the War Memorial
Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

January, 1916

11thRe-opened School.  Three children absent.

The Attendance Officer visited.

19thThe District Nurse visited, & inspected each child.
20thThe Attendance Officer visited.
21stOne child absent who accidently scalded his leg at home.
27thThe Assistant-teacher, Miss Wightman was absent through illness.
28thMiss Wightman returned to school.
31stThe Vicar visited in the morning.

The Supplementary Teacher, Miss G. Wightman, resigned her post in this school to-day, in accordance with the directions received from the Herts. County Council that she should seek an appointment in another school, and that a monitress should be engaged in her place.  Miss Wightman has obtained a post in St. Andrew’s Mixed School, Hertford.

February, 1916

1stEvelyn Sharpe,  Standard vii. scholar of this school, has been appointed as monitress.
7thDr. E. Swatman & a nurse visited at 9.30, & three children were medically inspected.
9thMr. J. Sambels1 Attendance Officer visited in the morning, & the Vicar visited in teh afternoon.
11thThree children absent through illness.
15thAll children present except the three children who are ill.
21stThe Hon. Mrs. R.A. Smith visited in the afternoon, also the Vicar.
22ndThe District Nurse visited.
23rdOwing to the weather three of the youngst children were absent.
25thMr. Bunn visited in the afternoon & looked at the boys’ basket-making work.
29thThe District Nurse visited to look at a child’s leg which had been scaleded at home some time previously.

March, 1916

3rdThe Vicar visited in the afternoon.
6thAll children on the books were present
7thOwing to the snow two children under five were absent.
10thThe Vicar visited in the afternoon.
13thAll children prsent except one.
18thA Managers’ Meeting was held in teh School-room  at 4.30 p.m.
20thThe Vicar visited in the morning.  In the afternoon the Diocesan Inspector the Rev. B.J.M. Reay visited & examined children in Religious Knowledge.  The Hon. Mrs. Reginald A. Smith was present during part of the time, an the Vicar during the whole time.
21stMrs. Hawley Sharpe2 visited.
25thAttendance very good all the week.
29thThe Vicar visited in the morning.  Five children absent owing to the weather.
31stA half-holiday was given in the afternoon for good attendance.
29th            Report of Religious Instruction.

This school did well and made a good and adequate return for the teaching they had received.

In the Senior class in spite of the varied ages of the children, the work was very accurately known and some good and intelligent answering was received.ad received.  I was pleased to observe an improvement in the Catechism, which was more definitely known than last year.

No payer book has been taught.

In the Junior class the Bible narrative was well known and the answering bright, while definite explanation has been given of the Creed and Church’s Year.

The repetition was correctly said and some good written work was done.

A pleasing and reverent tone prevails throughout the school.

(Signed) Basil J.M. Reay.3

Diocesan Inspector.

April, 1916

3rdThe Districy Nurse visited to examine the children’s cleanliness.
7thAttendance was very good all the week.
10thAll children present.
14thThe Vicar visited.
17thMr. Button6, the Attendance Officer visited.
19thThe School was closed in the afternoon for the Easter Holidays.

May, 1916

2ndRe-opened school.  All children present except one child under five.
5thExamined registers.  Found Correct.      A.H. Sharpe.
5thThe Attendance Officer visited.
8thAll children present.
12thThe District Nurse visited.
15thThe Attendance Officer visited.
24Visit.    J.Marsh.7

A half-holiday was given in the afternoon because it was “Empire Day.”

26thDr. Swatman & a nurse visited at 9 o’clock & held a medical Inspection of 3 children.

The attendance during the week has been very good.

29thAll children were present to-day.

June, 1916

2ndThe Attendance Officer visited.
5thThe children continue to attend very regulalry.
8thThe Vicar visited in the morning.
9thThe Attendance Officer visited.
12thWhit. Monday  ) Holidays.
13thWhit. Tuesday. )
14thSchool as usual.  All children on the books present, except one boy who is at work.
19thA second boy whi is 12 years of age has gone to work ona farm.
21stThe Attendance Officer visited.
27thThree children absent to-day, one of whom went to Lonon Hospital, as she is still lame through having had Infantile Paralysis.
28thAll scholars present to-day.
30thThe Vicar visited, also the Attendance Officer.

July, 1916

5thThe Vicar visited.
7th Perfect Attandance was made during the week bu all the children.
10thThe Monitress E. Sharpe was absent to-day through illness.
11thThe Vicar visited both in the monring & afternoon.
14th The Attendance Officer visited.

The children made perfect attendance during the week.

18thAt a meeting held in the school-room to form a War Savings Association4 it was arranged that the Deposits made by the scholars of this school in teh School Bank should be used to buy War Savings’ Certificates.
21st The children attended very regulalry until to-day when three boys were absent, two of whom were sent with a horse to a blacksmith’s, & the other was taken to Hertford Hospital to have his eye-sight tested.
25thThe Vicar visited.
27thThe District Nurse visited.

A half-holiday for good attendance was  given in the afternoon.

28thSchool as usual.
 31stThe Vicar visited.

August, 1916

3rdThe Vicar visited.
4thThe school closed at the end of the afternoon sesion for the Harvest Holidays.
9thThe Hon. Mrs. Reginald Abel Smith kindly invited the school-children to Goldings for the Summer Treat.

September, 1916

12thRe-opened school.  All children on the books present except four who are still away from home.
15thThe Attendance Officer visited.
18thTwo children have gone to Bradford, Yorks. for one month.
21stCollections were made for the “Jack Cornwell” Fund.5
22ndAttendances good all the week.
28thThe Vicar visited.
29thThe Attendance Officer visited.


October, 1916

4thThe Vicar visited.
6thThe Attendance Officer visited.
7thA Managers’ meeting was held in the School-room at 4 p.m.
9thDr. Swatman, Assistant Medical Officer of Health visited.  There were no children of the year 1908 to be examined.
10thThe Vicar visited in the morning.
13thAll the children, except the two who are away from home attended regularly all the week.
16thOne girl who ahd been absent five weeks returned to school to-day.
19thThe Attendance Officer visited.
23rdAttendance very good.
27thThe Attendance Officer visited.  One child absent with a cold.
30thAttendance very good.

November, 1916

1stCaptain R.A. Smith visuted.
3rdThe children made perfect attendances during the past week.
6thThe Vicar visited.  He was accompanied by the Rev. I. Farrington Down, the “Messanger” of the National Mission who gave an address to the children on the “Union Jack” from 9.15 to 9.45
7thMrs. Sharpe visited.

Dr. Dunn, Medical Officer of Health visited at 12 o’clock.

8thThe Attendance Officer visited.
13thMrs. Sharpe visited.  The District Nurse visited.
17thThe Attendance Officer visited.
20thAll children present in the morning.  The child who is still lame from the effects of “Infantile Paralysis” attends in the mornings, but is absent in the sfternoons.
24thThe children attended regularly all the week.
30thTwo children absent in the morning.

December, 1916

7Registers checked, & found correct.              R.A. Sharpe.

A half-holiday was given for good attendance.

8thThe School Attendance Officer visited in the morning.
11thThe Vicar visited.
12thThe children’s collections for “Christmas Day Gifts for our soldiers & sailors,” amounting to 4s/8d were sent to the “Over-seas Club.”
15thThe Vicar visited.  The District Nurse visited.
21stThe school was closed at the end of the Afternoon Session for the Christams Holidays.
23rdThe Hon. Mrs. Reginald Abel Smith kindly entertained the children & their mothers to a Christmas-tree in the School-room at 6 p.m. & distributed the prizes for attendance.


John Philip Sambels was born in the third quarter of 1847 in Plymouth. He was originally a wheelwright and by 1891 he was living in Letty Green. By 1901 he was the Organising Secretary for Technical Instruction (H.C.C.) and in 1911 he described himself as Assistant Education Officer. (H.C.C.) His wife Mary Ann died in the first quarter 1918 at the age of 69. They had been married for 46 years or so and had no children.

2 Mrs. Evelyn Sharpe, wife of the vicar.

3 Rev. Basil John Mason Reay (1872 – 1948.)

4 The Government set up a committee to look into how more money could be obtained to help fund the war.   In January 1916 one of the committees recommendations was the setting up of a national network of local War Savings Committees.  Local committees were setup from April 1916 through out the country.  One aim was to help fund the war effort but a second, more long term aim was to encourage people with more disposable income to save some of it.  See https://www.rbsremembers.com/remembers/banking-in-wartime/supporting-the-nation/the-national-savings-movement.html for more detail.  The movement was continued until 1978.

5 The Jack Cornwell fund was set up in the name of John (Jack) Cornwell (1900 – 1916) who was awarded the Victoria Cross postumously for his gallantry, staying at his station on HMS Chester which was being pounded by enemy fire at the battle of Jutland,   He died of his wounds in a Grimsby hospital on 2nd June 1916.  The fund was setup to pay for a ward in the Star & Garter Home in Richmond for disabled soldiers.  For more information see http://www.godfreydykes.info/JACK_CORNWELL_VICTORIA_CROSS.htm

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