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    Admissions Book, 1888

    John Masefield and his elder brother Reginald were admitted as boarders to the school on the same day in January 1888. They were both orphans, being brought up by their aunt. John was aged nine on admission, and Reginald thirteen.  John was deeply unhappy, it seems, and struggled academically.  Indeed, after a particularly difficult Latin test in the summer of 1891 in which he scored 10%, John, aged just thirteen, ran away from the school and joined the training ship Conway in Liverpool.

    A couple of years before he was appointed Poet Laureate by King George V in 1930, John Masefield came back to Warwick School to give out the prizes at new headmaster G. A. Riding’s first Prize Giving. Riding himself recorded that Masefield “gave a wonderful address” and the whole occasion “went swimmingly”. This view was not shared by some of the pupils at the time, for they were turned away from the ceremony for lack of space – and crowned the statue of King Edward the Confessor with a chamber pot in protest!

     

     

    1. OB2 Admissions Book - Masefield's entry