The Great Pillow Fight of 1914

Mrs Debbie Turner – School Archivist

The Great Pillow Fight of Guy Fawkes’ night, November 5th, 1914 erupted on the school oval.

It was well enough planned to escape without waking the Housemasters and meet at the sports ground at zero hour. Thorold House was to be against the two smaller Houses, Delpratt and McKinley.

Over one hundred boys armed with pillows (and some with tennis-ball-filled socks) battled it out in the dark – all clad in pyjamas. Friend or foe could not be distinguished. It turned into an all in melee with pillow stuffing (Kapok) covering the ground like snow.

The Headmaster, Horace Dixon, was none too pleased to wake to the sight and asked for the ringleaders to announce themselves. This did not occur, so Horace put the whole school on detention for the rest of the term!

Sounds like great fun!


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