There were school days out from Ackworth as the photo shows
on a 1910 school visit to Rievaulx Abbey.
Aged about 13 somewhere near Rievaulx Abbey
And also Gym Lessons as the other photo shows.
AAD during his last year at Ackworth School - centre,
with his hands in his pockets, again!
Ackworth was a Quaker School and is England's oldest co-educational school although in 1910 there was, evidently, a high wall between the "Girls" section and the "Boys" section. They did all meet on Sundays in the "Friends Meeting House" when - according to accounts related by AAD to his youngest son, boys would often stand and make speeches to the girls "as The Holy Spirit took them".. .....
Being "Elected" Captain of the 1st XI Football (soccer) was the start of his prowess and lifetime interest in sport especially Football & Cricket. His youngest grandson went on to be "Keeper of Football"[Captain 1st XI] at Eton. His second youngest grandson went on to score the winning run on the Hampshire County Cricket Ground in the Prep.-Schools Championship and then on to Harrow whose school song was also, evidently, Ackworth's school song whilst AAD was there. Sadly, AAD had died before being able to watch either of his grandsons play. AAD later went on to be in the winning Army Football Team in a WWI Brigade Tournament in April 1916 and then between the World Wars was, evidently, one of the early founders of the Penguin Cricket Club [more research needed for accuracy] in Scarborough. AAD also mentioned having been selected for net trials to play for Yorkshire Gentlemen.
awarded to AAD as a member
of the winning team at a Brigade Football tournament in 1916
This pewter tankard is now a useful pen holder
for his grandson living 11 miles from Yeadon/Guiseley in 2018
AAD then left Ackworth School in 1914 and following the outbreak of the ✸ First World War on 28th July 1914 and by March 1915 had joined the Army.