Gunby Hadath facts for kids
Quick facts for kids
John Edward Gunby Hadath
|Died||17 January 1954
|Other names||Gunby Hadath, Florence Gunby Hadath, John Mowbray, Felix O'Grady, James Duncan, Shepherd/Shepperd Pearson|
|Occupation||Schoolmaster, company promoter, journalist, song-writer, lawyer, and author|
|Years active||1892 – 1954|
|Known for||English Boarding School Stories|
|Sparrow in search of expulsion|
John Edward Gunby Hadath MA FRSA (30 April 1871 – 17 January 1954) was an English schoolmaster, lawyer, company promoter, songwriter, journalist, and author of boarding school stories. He is best remembered for over seventy novels (almost all juvenile fiction) of which over two-thirds were set in English Public Schools.
Hadath was born at the Rectory in Owersby, Lincolnshire, England on 30 April 1871, the only son of Reverend Edward Evans Hadath MA (c. 1892 – 19 Nov 1873), the Rector of Owersby and Charlotte Elizabeth (first quarter of 1840 – 27 April 1912), the eldest daughter of Rev. John Mobray Pearson (11 February 1809 – third quarter of 1850), a Wesleyan Minister.
Hadath's father dies when he is two, and after initially attending a Dame school, he was sent to the Clergy Orphan School at St Thomas Hill in Canterbury, where the 1881 census found him registered as a scholar. He was athletic, and like the hero of one of his own school stories, was Captain of the school. He matriculated for Cambridge in October 1889 and was admitted as a resident student to Peterhouse College on 2 October 1889. At Cambridge he continuing his sporting career and earned his college colours for rugby, soccer, and cricket. He was awarded his BA in 1892, and began a career as a schoolmaster.
On leaving Cambridge Hadath taught first at Montpellier School in Paignton. This Private or Preparatory School had just been acquired by Bertram Bennet MA FRSA (18 April 1864 – 21 March 1925), who was a few years ahead of Hadath at Peterhouse. Bertram was another athlete. By 1894 the school was advertising Hadath as the Second Master, after the Head Master. In 1894 also, Hadath was advertising for private pupils, so he cannot have been content with his salary. It is not clear how many years Hadath remained teaching here, but no advertisements referring to him can be found after 1895.
Hadath was awarded him MA degree in January 1896 and was the Senior Classics Master at Guildford Grammar-School He continued to play sports, especially cricket.
Hadath married Florence Annie Webber (9 January 1873 – 23 January 1960) in Tonbridge in the third quarter of 1898. The couple never had any children. Florence was one of the few people who could read Hadath's awful handwriting and she used to type his stories for submission. Florences's twin sister Ella Maud was living with them in 1939. She had been the Matron at Dulwich School for many years. By 18 August 1900 the Hadath's were living at what would be their long-term address of 39 Chichele Road, Cricklewood, North London. It was still his address when he died. As well as the Cricklewood Address, Hadeth also had a Chalet at Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, in the French Alps, near the Haute Savoie and Mont Blanc. He was a member of the Alpine Club of France. He was made a Citoyen d’Honneur of the town in 1932.
Hadath was a keen sportsman. He was on the school and college teams at St Edmunds and Peterhouse. After leaving school, he play Rugby as an amateur, but injury stopped him from playing for Devon. Florence was also a keen sportswoman. The Times reported that she collected holes in the most merciless fashion when playing on the Legal Association team in 1920.
It is not known when Hadath ceased teaching, but by 1902 he had already a good income from song-writing, having had more than 100 songs published.Hadath was also working for a number of companies. In 1897, Hadath was appointed liquidator for the Candelaria Gold Mine Limited, a liquidation that was only completed in 1902. Hadeth was listed as company secretary for two copper mines in 1903, The Copaquire Copper Sulphate Co. Ltd, with a mine in Copaquire, Tarapaca, Chile, and the Chile Copper Sulphate Syndicate, Ltd. which was leasing the lands to the first company. In 1907 he was the Company Secretary of British Coalite. 1909 found him company secretary to Sierra Morena Copper Mines Ltd, with an idle copper mine in Penaflor, Seville, Spain. Hadath was admitted to the Inner Temple on 20 February 1908.
Between 1896 and 1910, Hadath earned between £1,300 and £1,400 from his songwriting. However, his losses from his speculations on the stock exchange exceeded this. He lost nearly £2,000 on the stock market and he was declared bankrupt on 19 January 1910. He had an initial hearing in February 1910, in which he declared that he had been a schoolmaster, a secretary of more than one company, a journalist and songwriter.
At a subsequent hearing on 28 July 1910, the Official Receiver reported that Hadath's bankruptcy had been brought on by rash and hazardous speculations. Because of this, the Registrar suspended the discharge for two years, and Hadath's discharge was to date from 28 July 1912.
Hadath joined up in the First World War and served in the 6th Battalion of the Middlesex Volunteer Regiment. This was a reserve battalion and was in Mill Hill in North London when war broke out, and were almost immediately sent to Gillingham in Kent. In November 1915, the Battalion was sent to nearby Chatham where the remained for the rest of the war. and was never sent to as a First-Class Light Guns instructor at Hythe, in Kent, England. Hadath was appointed to the Rank of Captain (Temporary) on 2 February 1917. He resigned his commission due to ill-health on 2 December 1918.
After the war, Hadath began coaching pupils for the bar exam. He continued writing, and published right up to his death. Hadath was the director and co-trustee of the Benevolent Fund of the Performing Right Society. His first essay into such work was his appeal for the destitute family of the Italian song composer Piccolomini in the Musical Times of 1 August 1900. Hadath was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts,
Hadath dies in a London Hospital on 17 January 1954. Florence survived him another six years, until 1960.
Hadath has attracted a lot of praise for his writing:
- Hadath became famous for his authentic and true-to-life school stories .
- . . . his name became one of the best known and best loved of those who aim to instruct as well as entertain youth
- His articulate and highly intelligent (as well as often very funny) school stories often spotlighted real-life social problems.
- Sports, humor, and loyalty play an important role in his sixty novels
- . . . he has been a schoolmaster, and is a schoolboy at heart still. He has the atmosphere of the public school. Boys know it and revel in it.
- It is a pleasant surprise to find an old favourite still writing, and still writing well.
But not everyone shared such high regard for Gunby: In New Zealand Dorothy Neal White, children's librarian at Dunedin, began in 1937 to organize the steady withdrawal from her shelves of books by writers judged second-rate, e.g. Percy Westerman, Elinor Brent-Dyer, and Gunby Hadath.
Hadath himself identified one of the problems facing his work. Juvenile fiction was a poor relation of other literature. It attracted far less attention than adult fiction, and far less monetary reward. There is undoubtedly an impression too many quarters that anybody can write books for young people, whereas actually youth is an exceedingly critical audience.
By the time he died, the weekly boy's reading papers, which had sustained the genre through serialisation, were all but gone. Eyre said The school story was always an artificial type and its decline towards the middle of the century was neither unexpected nor deplored. Trease noted that the boys’ school-story is – with a few notable exceptions – non-existent in the new lists.
Hadath had his first published juvenile fiction story, a school story, published in The Captain in 1909. It was a story about a boy called Foozle who was to be one of his recurring characters. It may have been that Hadath was already feeling the financial pinch when he wrote the story. He had applied for bankruptcy on 18 November 1909, and owed over three hundred pounds in interest to money lenders when he first appeared in court.
The following list of major works excludes shorter fiction, the many anthologies and annuals to which Hadath contributed, and only lists the full-length novels. It is drawn from four sources:
- The Jisc Library Hub Discover catalogue. This is a collated catalogue of 161 academic and specialist libraries across the UK and Ireland, including The British Library. The J column in the table indicates if the title appears in the Jisc catalogue.
- The list of school-boy fiction given in Benjamin Watson's English Schoolboy Stories: An annotated bibliography of hardcover fiction (1992) The Scarecrow Press, inc., Metuchen, New Jersey. The W column in the table indicates if the title appears in Watson's list.
- The list of boy's school stories presented in The Encyclopedia of Boys School Stories for both Gunby Hadath and John Mowbray.. The E column in the table indicates if the title appears in the Encyclopedia's list.
- The online catalogue of Abe Books for both Gunby Hadath and John Mowbray. The A column in the table indicates if the title appeared in the Abe Books catalogue at 23:00UTC on 23 May 2020.
|1||1913||The Feats of Foozle||W. F. Thomas, T. M. R. Whitwell||London, Adam & Charles Black||viii, 237 p., 12 fp ill. (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2||1913||Schoolboy grit: a public school story||A. Twiddle||London, James Nisbet & Co||vi, 296 p., ill., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|3||1913||Paying the price!: a public school story||E. Prater||London, S.W. Partridge||384 p., 5 fp ill., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|4||1914||Never say die!: a public school story||London, S.W. Patridge||319 p., 5 fp ill., (8º)||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|5||1914||The last of his line: a public school story||London, S.W. Partridge||382 p., 6 fp ill., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|6||1915||Sheepy Wilson: a public school story||London, James Nisbet||ix, 304 p., 6 fp ill., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|7||1915||The outlaws of St Martyn's, or, The school on the downs||London, S.W. Partridge||384 p., 6 fp ill., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|8||1916||Fall In! A public school story||London, S.W. Partridge||320 p., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|9||1922||Won by a try. A story, etc||Frank Gillett||London, Cassell & Co||viii, 293 p., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|10||1923||The New House at Oldborough. A public school story||London, Hodder & Stoughton||319 p., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|11||1924||Against the Clock. A public school story||London, Hodder & Stoughton||318 p., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|12||1924||His Highness. A public school story||London, T. Nelson & Sons||428 p., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|13||1924||Pulling his weight: a public school story||London, Hodder & Stoughton||320 p., 1 ill., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|14||1924||Sparrow in Search of Expulsion, etc||London, Hodder & Stoughton||320 p., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|15||1924||The way of the Weasel : a public school story||London, S.W. Partridge||159 p., 1 ill. ; (8º)||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|16||1925||The Fattest Head in the Fifth, etc||London, Hodder & Stoughton||319 p., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|17||1925||Something like a hero||Henry Matthew Brock||London, Cassell & Co||215 pages ; (8º)||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|18||1925||Barkworth's Last Year. A school story||London, Cassell & Co||185 pages ; (8º)||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|19||1926||Go-Bang Garry. A public school story||London, Hodder & Stoughton||318 p., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|20||1926||The secret of the code: being the truth of certain recent astonishing happenings at St. Quentin's School, Tidegate, and on the coast by Ottersfoot and Oldport||London, Hodder & Stoughton||319 p., fs, (8º)||Yes||No||Yes||No|
|21||1926||The Black Sheep of the School||London, Cassell & Co||185 pages ; (8º)||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|22||1927||Feversham's fag||London, Cassell & Co||215 pages ; (8º)||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|23||1928||Carey of Cobhouse, etc||London, Humphrey Milford||287 p., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|24||1928||Sparrow gets going: being the unvarnished truth concerning the notable efforts of Thomas Whitcombe Shirley Sparrow ... to become a great man of business and, perhaps, Lord Mayor of London||London, Hodder & Stoughton||320 p., fs, (8º)||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|25||1928||The lost legion: a story of Wallcaster School||London, Hodder & Stoughton||320 p., ill, (8º)||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|26||1928||Wonder Island, etc||London, Cassell & Co||246 p., (8º)||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|27||1928||Dismal Jimmy of the fourth||Henry Matthew Brock||London, Cassell & Co||215 pages ; (8º)||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|28||1929||Young Hendry, etc||London, Hodder & Stoughton||320 p., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|29||1929||Feversham's brother||Henry Matthew Brock||London, Cassell & Co||215 pages ; (8º)||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|30||1930||Pamela: a story for girls (and their aunts and uncles)||London, Andrew Dakers||188 p., col fs, (8º)||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|31||1930||St. Palfry's Cross. A story of adventure in the Alps, etc||Margaret Freeman (in the US edition)||London, Cassell & Co||viii, 215 p., (8º)||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|32||1930||The new school at Shropp: a public school story||and R. Mills||London, OUP||283 p., 5 fp ill., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|33||1930||The feud at Fennell's||Henry Matthew Brock||London, Cassell & Co||215 pages ; (8º)||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|34||1931||Brent of Gatehouse. A public school story, etc||London, OUP||282 p., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|35||1931||The strongest chap in the school||Henry Matthew Brock||London, Cassell & Co||215 pages ; (8º)||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|36||1932||The Big Five! A public school story, etc||London, OUP||288 p., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|37||1932||The Mystery of the Seventh Sword||London, Cassell & Co||287 p., (8º)||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|38||1933||The mystery at Ridings: a public school story||London, Oxford University Press, Humphrey Milford||286 p., 5 fp ill., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|39||1933||Twenty Good Ships. A tale||London, Cassell & Co||256 p., 4 ill., (8º)||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|40||1934||Revolt at Fallas, etc||London, OUP||287 p., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|41||1935||Grim Work at Bodlands. A public school story||Reginald Mills||London, OUP||287 p., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|42||1935||Sparrow in Search of Fame, etc||London, Hutchinson & Co||287 p., (8º)||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|43||1935||The Hand and the Glove. A public school story||London, George Newnes||255 p., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|44||1936||The house that disappeared||London, George Newnes||256 p., fs, (8º)||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|45||1936||The mystery of the three chimneys||and V. Cooley||London, Thomas Nelson and Sons||vi, 296 p., fs, (8º)||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|46||1938||Living up to it: a public school story||London, Collins||320 p., fs, (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|47||1938||Major and minor: a public school story||and R. Mills||London, OUP||288 p., ill., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|48||1939||Happy-go-lucky: a public school story||Henry Matthew Brock||London, Collins||256 p., 3 fp ill., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|49||1939||More Pamela||Henry Matthew Brock||London, Collins||288 p., (8º)||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|50||1939||On secret service||London, Cassell & Co||303 pages ; (8º)||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|51||1940||From pillar to post||London, Collins||256 p., ill., (8º)||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|52||1940||Pamela Calling||Henry Matthew Brock||London, Collins||288 p., (8º)||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|53||1940||The seventh swordsman||London, Boys' Own Paper Office||256 p., fs, (8º)||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|54||1940||The frontier mystery||London, Cassell & Co||256 pages ; (8º)||Yes||No||No||No|
|55||1941||Blue berets||R. Sheppard||London, Lutterworth Press||252 p., ill., (8º)||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|56||1941||Pamela: George Medal||London, Collins||256 p., (8º)||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|57||1941||The radio mystery||London, Collins||254 p. ; (8º)||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|58||1941||The Megève mystery||London, Cassell & Co||256 pages ; (8º)||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|59||1942||Grim and gay: the story of a school which stayed put||London, Lutterworth Press||255 p., fs, (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|60||1942||The swinger: a story of school life in war-time||London, Faber and Faber||254 p., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|61||1943||Fight it out||London, Lutterworth Press||254 p., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|62||1944||All Clear!: a public school story||London, OUP||192, (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|63||1944||The Second Count||London, John Gifford Ltd.||280 p.||No||No||No||Yes|
|64||1945||The Bridgehead, etc||London, OUP||192 p., (8º)||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|65||1945||What's in a Name?||London, Lutterworth Press||221 p., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|66||1946||The March of Time. A story of school life in war time||London, Faber & Faber||222 p., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|67||1947||Men of the Maquis||London, Lutterworth Press||236 p., (8º)||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|68||1948||Fortune Lane||London, Faber & Faber||189 p., (8º)||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|69||1948||The Fifth Feversham||London, Lutterworth Press||96 p., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|70||1949||The Atom||Norman Howard||London, OUP||v, 186 p., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|71||1949||The Shepherd's Guide||John Drever||London, C. & J. Temple||236 p., ill., (8º)||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|72||1950||No Robbery||London, Lutterworth Press||191 p., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|73||1950||Playing the game: a public school story||London, Latimer House||150 p., fs., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|74||1953||Honours easy||Drake Brookshaw||London, Thomas Nelson & Sons||vii, 214 p., (8º)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Gunby Hadath Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.