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Father of Hibs Recollects

My recollections of the RHM School are numerous, and as I left there nearly 65 years ago, it may be easily conceived that my memory of what took place during the time I was a scholar there may be a trifle hazy, but the following may be taken as clear ideas of the happenings during my three years in the Institution.

On joining the School, I was placed in the 1st class of the 2nd division, and at the first exam. I was moved up into the 1st division. When steel pens were introduced into the School, the first of them was handed to me by Mr. Gibbons. On being asked for my opinion of the pens, I said they were a decided improvement on the quills. We had summer outings to Dalkey, each boy receiving a bun and orange, at the expense, I was told, of Mr. Pym, for which, and to whom, we felt very grateful. On one of these occasions we were taken on board HMS Blenheim, which had just been converted from a sailing ship into a steamer, and were shown all the machinery, etc. On the 18th June -Waterloo Day - we used to be regaled with currant cake at our evening meal; this was always eagerly looked forward to as an event.

The principal event of note, and one of which I still have a vivid memory, was the presentation of the first set of Colours by the then Prince of Wales, on or about July 1853. I was present on parade on that occasion, and also in the Dining Hall afterwards when the young Prince made a very effective and telling speech.

Three deaths took place: Sergeant Womman, interred at Chapelziod; Boy McDonald, B 60. Funeral at the School Churchyard; and Dr. Elkington, buried at Arbour Hill Cemetery. It was with sincere regret that I learned of the death of Mr. T. Powell (A 132), the acknowledged Father of old Hibs. As the date of Mr. Powell’s birth, as given by himself, was September, 1839 and I was born in December, 1839, it is presumed that the mantle of 'Father of old Hibs' has fallen upon me.

I have selected the enclosed photo taken at Aldershot in 1864, to accompany this paper, since it shows the position in which I used to wear the 'plume' on the uniform of my old regiment, the 59th. Lieutenant-General Sir John Pennefather, Commanding the Aldershot Division, after inspecting the regiment one day, addressed the Colonel, saying, "Colonel Lodder, I congratulate you in having a man in your regiment wearing such an honourable distinction, and I am only sorry that I cannot wear it myself."

Major D. Deeves, RAOD (Rtd)
(B44 1851-1854)

January 1919

Table of Contents - Royal Hibernian Military School
1769 Petition
1806 Pay and Allowances
1806 Weekly Governor's Report
1806 Time Table
1819 Charter
1819 Diet
1819 Staff Duties
1819 General Regulations
1844 Return of Religions
1849 S.S. Pemberton Orphans
1856 School Inspector Gleig
1857 China
1873 Religion
1900 Review at Phoenix Park
1918 Lost Boys
1919 Roll of Honour
1919 Recollections
1919 Lives of the Hibernians
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
1922 Last cricket match
1924 A soldier's orphan's story
1924 Last roll call
1924 Laying up the colours
1924 The final era
1937 A military misfit NEW
1969 The bicentenary reunion
1994 Capt. Harry Bloomer MBE
2001 IGS No.25 History
2004 Newsletter
2005 The last known Hibernian
2007 Sources of Hibernian documents

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