[ Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. ] Printed handbill 'Memorandum' by the College's Captain W. Ruck Keene, | Rear-Admiral.', regarding the 'Easter leave', with references to rail travel and 'underclothing of insufficient warmth'.

W. Ruck Keene [ William George Elmhirst Ruck-Keene ] (1867-1935), Royal Navy admiral, Captain (i.e. Commanding Officer) of the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth
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Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. 1 April 1918.
SKU: 19954

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Perforated at right edge, and headed 'This half should be retained by Parent or Guardian.' (The absent 'fly leaf' was to be 'returned to the Commanding Officer not later than the 6th April, with the answers filled in, giving the fullest information.') The first part of the memorandum is mainly concerned with railway arrangements for those travelling to Scotland, Ireland, London, Bristol, Plymouth, Exeter. 'Cadets will be provided with Army Form W3504, which will enable them to travel 1st Class at less than the ordinary 3rd class fare now prevailing. | The Fleet Paymaster of the College will defray all travelling expenses, which will subsequently be charged against the Cadet's personal account.' The latter part of the memorandum refers to bans on 'parcels of eatables of any kind' and smoking (which is 'against the regulations of the Navy until the age of 18') and 'special medicines'. The memorandum concludes: 'To avoid Cadets wearing underclothing of insufficient warmth it is requested Parents will only send back with them underclothing suitable for the time of year. | As regards pocket money, the recognised sum of £1 on return from leave is considered amply sufficient for all ordinary requirements. Should Parents consider it necessary to send more, they are asked to impress on the Cadet that the money should be lodged at once in the Cadet Bank, whence it can be readily withdrawn under the Cadet Bank regulations.' Sir Richard Harington, 12th Baronet (1861-1931), Puisne Judge in India, and High Sheriff of Herefordshire. No other copy traced (unsurprisingly).