Friday, 9 November 2012

Hugh Chesterman

Hugh Chesterman is born 20th March 1884  and died 3 Nov 1941
He was the son of Frances Elisabeth Vlieland  and Charles Frederick Chesterman.
He had a sister Linda Chesterman.

We found in the books on internet.............
About Hugh Chesterman
Hugh Chesterman is a published author. A published credit of Hugh Chesterman is Playing with history (Teaching of English series). He wrote many children's books in the 1920s and 30s, and edited a children's magazine called The Merry Go Round, published in Oxford with his great friend Basil Blackwell. He was married to Sylvia, and had 2 daughters, Jenifer and Elizabeth. Chesterman was killed during the 2nd WW. His grand and great grand children still live on, in the UK - I am one of them! 
Hope he will send us an email.


Hugh attended Cambridge reading History and English.
He then became an Ordinand at Ely,but decided not to go into the church.He fought in the first world war and then got a post as a master at St.Paul's Cathedral Choir School.
This was about 1925 and here he met and married Sylvia Wyse West .They found a house in Islip "the confessors gate" and moved in,( The most expensive transaction that has been recorded in High Street is The Confessors Gate. It sold on 25/07/2002 for £850,000.)
In Islip in the warmemorial we find
Chesterman, Hugh R Berks 94264 Lt, died 3 Nov 1941,age 57, Son of Charles Frederick and Frances Elizabeth Chesterman; husband of Sylvia Wyse Chesterman, of Islip. B.A. Also served in 1914-1918 War, buried in Islip cemetery.



Gloucestershire Echo :Tuesday 04 November 1941
Lieut. Hugh Chesterman, of the Royal Berkshire Regiment, in private life a well-known artist, was killed while cycling last night at Hampton Gay ...




They had two daughters 1. Jenifer Chesterman
Birth: May 31, 1927, Uxbridge England
Death: Sep. 14, 2002, England
She married William J..Brown
 and 2. Elizabeth.Chesterman born 1930 Uxbridge  who married Charles Guy Dover Swinnerton
They had a son Nicholas John Swinnerton.
first marriage of  Charles G.D.Swinnerton was  with Ann Fairley Clarke 1949 Oxford 
They had 2 sons Robert C and Andrew Swinnerton.
second marriage Elizabeth.Chesterman born 1930 Uxbridge  in 1966 Ploughley Oxon
They had a son Nicholas John Swinnerton.

Also we find Hugh in the London Gazette

Cadet Corps (Worksop College) attached to the 4th (Nottinghamshire) Volunteer Battalion,

The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and DerbyshireRegiment); Hugh Chesterman, Gent., to

be Lieutenant. Dated 7th February, 1906

Later on he joint the publishing firm and booksellers of Basil Blackwell of Oxford.



He also illustrated childrens books
Here an example
He also wrote a poem
Sir Nicketty Nox

Sir Nicketty Nox was an ancient knight,
so old was he that he'd lost his sight.
blind as a mole, and slim as a fox,
and dry as a stick was Sir Nicketty Nox.

his sword amd buckler were old and cracked,
so was his charger and that's a fact.
thin as a rake from head to hocks,
was this rickety nad of Sir Nicketty Nox.
a wife he had and daughters three,
and all were as old, as old could be.
they mended the shirts and darned the socks,
of that old antiquity, Nicketty Nox.
sir nicketty Nox would fly in rage
if anyone tried to guess his age.
he'd mouth and mutter and tear his locks,
this pernickety Nicketty Nox.

well enjoy that!!!
It is a poem by Hugh Chesterman

and so is this one
This poem beginning "John was a tyrant, / John was a tartar, / But John put his name to the Great Big Charter" is called 'King John', and is by Hugh Chesterman (b.1884). It is in Brian Moses' anthology Blood and Roses: British History in Poetry, which was published by Hodder Children's Books in 2004.

Other books are

The highway1 edition - first published in 1935

In England, once1 edition

A maid in armour1 edition - first published in 1936

Quiristers of Paule's1 edition - first published in 1922

Seven for a secret1 edition - first published in 1930

The muse amuses1 edition - first published in 1933




click here for more about his work 


Hugh CHESTERMAN

Lieutenant, Royal Berkshire Regiment, Army no. 94264

He died on 3 November 1941 on War Service. He was 57,

He was the son of Charles F and Frances E Chesterman and the husband of Sylvia Wyse Chesterman of Islip. B.A.

He is buried in the Churchyard St. Nicholas, Islip

Additional Information

He also served in 1914-1918 War

Hugh Chesterman was a published author. He wrote many children's books in the 1920s and 30s, and edited a children's magazine called The Merry Go Round, published in Oxford with his great friend Basil Blackwell.

I have not established the circumstances of his death but his age must have precluded an active involvement

His address for Probate was The Confessor’s Gate, Islip






Aberdeen Journal - Monday 12 July 1926

MERRY GO ROUND. " The Merry-go-Round" is a children's magazine, which commands the respect grown-ups and the interest of children. Animals of various kinds monopolise a large share of the July number. There is " Flurry and Chirrup," by Mabel Marlowe, a story of Squirrels, which has illustrations by Harry Rowntree. Baptista by the editor, Hugh Chesterman, tells of a monkey, and there is yet another animal contribution, " Pets I Have Kept—The White Rat." There is helpful article photography for beginners, and another on how to construct that most fascinating of amusements, toy theatre.



Western Times - Friday 10 May 1946DRAMA FESTIVAL Short Play Winners At Torquay Torquay Drama Festival ended on Monday, when four short plays were performed, the adjudicator being Mr. Richard Southern. "Waxen Man" (Mary Reynolds), given by Totnes Evening Institute Drama Group, and Matrimonial," by Torbay Operatic and Dramatic Society, earned the adjudicator's praise. Cradle Song," by the Kingskerswell Drama Group, and the Holne Players' performance of Hugh Chesterman's "The Pie and the Tart" also received favourable comment. Mr. Cyril Maude thanked the adjudicator, and Mr. Lan Kelway (county organizer for music and drama) thanked those who had contributed to the festival's success. The organizer was Miss Edna Bayliss.



CHILDREN'S RHYMES. From Hugh Chesterman, as is to expected, come children's rhymes, full of fun for the kiddies and yet bearing subtle wit that will appeal to older folks. Most amusing are the Knights, the Gentlemen, and the Simpletons who parade for public inspection in u Proud Sir and Other Verses" (3s 6d), Basil Blackwell publication. Highly differentiated are all these characters, seven in each section. Apart from the knight who gives the book its title, there are Sir Tush, tho Indiscreet Knight, Sir Mungo Myngs, the timid knight, lean of limb and lily-livered, and Sir Beville Blevde, the audacious knight, who had slain a hundred knights of Aquitania eingle-handed, and whose blows landed so fast they could not be counted. Along with the "Gentlemen" are other familiars pirate, a troubadour, and a bowman, while the simpletons are of the nursery rhyme and country yokel type. Mr Chesterman is also- responsible for the quaint drawings with which the book is illustrated.

Aberdeen Journal - Thursday 08 December 1927

Western Morning News - Monday 17 October 1927




Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Wednesday 06 December 1933



Aberdeen journal 19 September 1929 
A SOLDIER'S THOUGHTS. BOLTS FROM THE BLUE. B T - I> Cameron Wilson. ells Gardner, Darton and Co: os. This is a posthumous book. The author, who was staff captain thii 51st Infantry Brigade, was ki led on M.iich 1918, two days after he had ns-sed lus life bringing in a wounded man his own company. Tock Pip," he was called by his fellow-officers, Hugh Chesterman tells in introduction that prepares admirably for story which, he says, reveals the author's own outlook on life was written before the war, but human mituic has not changed, and the people whom Paul brought under his philosop ash in the terribly candid letters that he urote before going to the operating table are still with us. Paul did not intend the letters to be posted until was dead, hut they were posted accident, and operation was not required, he returned to find other points of view awaiting him. That is the climax of the story, but the leacing up to it is just as good. Paul hated conventional with a contemptuous hatred. ' 1 Watch for the divinity blackguard is typical of his attituds. The story how his solitude at the village was invaded is told with delightful humour. It a J that is more than good to read: it is one to go back to; and the publishers, who hitherto have been chiefly identified with long-established favourite publications young people, are to congratulated on giving this fine bit of work in so attractive a form. 



Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Saturday 18 March 1939

Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 25 March 1949

Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser - Wednesday 23 January 1924


Dundee Courier - Wednesday 13 November 1935
FOR THE CLASSROOM A number of books which arc of special interest to teachers have been published by Messrs Nelson & Sons. There are two additions to the “Teaching of English’* series. In “The Forest/’ Stewart Edward White gives us. in series of detached impressions, the spirit of the Canadian Forest, the scene of his stories of lumbering. Hugh Chesterman writes book of merry little poama on classroom subjects, profusely Illustrated by himself, which is aptly called The Muse A.ruses These two books are Is 3d and respectively. An attractive illustrated French reader for intermediate classes is provided by Philippe le Harivel called *’ Souvenirs et Tribulations de Chariot.” It costs la 3d. and furnished with well-chosen questionnaires, exercises, and vocabularies. In answer to the constant question of young children. '* May do play?” Mr P. Laflin has produced some playlets for Infants from familiar fairy tales. The title of the book, which coeta only 7d, ia Little Play Book." The purpose of Stephen S Moore’s M School Score Book ” (2s 6d). is to teach children about score-reading, conducting. and time and rhythm, accompanying music with percussion instruments. Two sets of 12 coloured animal pictures for infants* individual work are priced Is each. STUDY OP THE RENT ACTS “THE RENT AND MORTGAGE INTEREST RESTRICTIONS ACTS. 1920 to 1033" by Allan Neil. M.A.. S.S.C.. and R. A. Simpson. Edinburgh Wm. Hodge & Co.. Ltd. 19a net. The first Rent Restriction Act became law some years ago. and since then many new have been passed. These are complicated in their terms, and the decisions arising out of them are often so seemingly contradictory* that even the proverbial Philadelphia lawyer might well be puzzled to understand them. The joint authors of this book arc authorities on the Rent Acts, and the second and much enlarged edition now published gives ample evidence of the close and careful study which they have brought to bear on this very difficult subject. The work is thoroughly up to date, and, of course, includes the important Act of 1933; while copious references to decisions bearing on the various points form feature of it. and prove beyond doubt the amount of careful and painstaking research expended on its preparation. The work, clear, practical, ana concise, should prove of the utmost value not only to lawyers, but to all those who are likely to be confronted with difficult questions under the Acts. 
Edinburgh Evening News - Monday 19 February 1934





Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Thursday 06 June 1935


Wednesday 25 January 1939 , Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer




Hull Daily Mail - Monday 13 August 1928

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