School Camps on the IoW

Rachel Besenyei, granddaughter of Gordon Sanderson [Heath 1934–1940], has sent us this photograph of the 1936 School Camp at St Helens, IoW.

Four rows of ninety boys and staff, the front cross-legged on the ground, the second seated and the third and fourth standing
School camp at St Helens, IoW, 1936

There is an account of the 1938 School Camp in The Heathen 1938 1(19) pp. 15–17.

A Letter from Leo Hodgson [Heath 1933–1938]:

I am writing on behalf of my husband, Leo Hodgson, who is suffering from Glaucoma and is unable to write.

His happy memories include the school camp at St Helens in the Isle of Wight in 1936, 1937 and 1938. About 70/80 boys and several teachers were there sleeping in little tents; there was a large marquee for meals and evening entertainment. The head master, D.J.D. Smith, was in charge and the camp was well organised.

We saw the ‘Queen Mary’ passing the island on its was to Southampton, having got the ‘Blue Riband’ for the fastest crossing from New York.

We also saw each day Sunderland Flying Boats on their way to and from Australia and the Far East to their base in Southampton Water.

No doubt some of the boys at those camps are still members of the Association.

Yours sincerely
Phyllis Hodgson

First appeared in Newsletter dated