Competitions nos. 129A and 129B: results

Next competitor to turn to judging is the suave and unflappable Seacape, of whose identity I have no idea. He asks for fourteen to twenty lines, in blank or rhymed verse, on the subject of ‘an angler fishing with wet or dry fly from a river bank’. H.C.M, P.G.G., William Bliss, Pibwob, Lester Ralph, R. Hartman and Issachar (definitely a she) are fishermen or women who do well, but the palm goes to E.W. Fordham and the second place to D.L.S. (a new name, or set of initials at any rate).

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For the B competition, Seacape asks his pals for triolets containing the line ‘Take her jewels away’. Four times as many enter the triolet competition, but many of them heavy-handedly, as if ‘crushing a butterfly with a Nasmyth hammer’, or else forcing the form with too much content (fairly clear advice on how to write a triolet). To Seacape’s credit he gives the prizes. not to the regulars, though he name-checks Mariamne, William Bliss, James Hall, Olric, H.C.M., Lyn Carruthers, Sylvia Groves, Marion Peacock, John A. Bellchambers, and W. Hodgson Burnet. But the prizes go to two newbies, Lt. Col. H.P. Garwood, and Percy Lee.

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Pembrokeshire-born H(enry) P(ercy) Garwood had joined the army in 1900, when 16 or 17, as a second lieutenant, had been an adjutant to the Royal Artillery in Hongkong (as it was then commonly spelled) in 1914, and was subsequently commended for gallant conduct in Salonika. He won a D.S.O. After World War I he seems to have retired, but to have enjoyed entering competitions – his name pops up between about 1925 and 1945 as a winner of competitions in The Spectator and The Listener. His address is given as 38 Hurlingham Court, S.W. 6. at first, and later in Wimbledon, where he died in 1956, at the age of 73. He had at least one child.

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