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The Boys' Herald

The Boys' Herald ran from 1st August 1903 to 18th May 1912 (461 issues) before being replaced by Cheer Boys Cheer. It is probably best known for the Sexton Blake and early Nelson Lee (Maxwell Scott) stories which featured regularly but Charles Hamilton did contribute around 50 Cliveden School stories over a 2 year period.

Some of the Cliveden stories were later rewritten as Rookwood stories and appeared in the first series of the Penny Popular. It didn't really work as Hamilton's writing style changed tremendously from 1907 to 1915, the characters were completely different, and the stories had to be drastically cut. Thanks to Michael Bailey you can read scans of the Rookwood tales in issues  237 and 239 of the Penny Popular and judge for yourself!

Most of the Hamilton stories from the Boys' Herald are available for download. Click on the link from the table below to read them on line or download to your computer.

Many of the Cliveden stories were later reprinted in the Dreadnought.

The listing below has gaps I would like to fill so if you can help please get in touch even if it is only to confirm whether a particular issue has a Hamilton story or not. Obviously scans or photocopies of the missing issues would be much appreciated!  If you can help in any way then please contact me.

A number of the story papers in this section were scanned by Allan S from the collection of the British Library and are reproduced with their kind permission. British Library Board

 

 

 

 

 

Issue Date Title Author  Reprints
Issue 114
23rd September 1905
Champions of the Fourth Charles Hamilton  
Issue 134
10th February 1906

 
No Hamilton Content    
Issue 135
17th February 1906

 
No Hamilton Content    
Issue 151
9th June 1906

 
No Hamilton Content    
Issue 152
16th June 1906

 
No Hamilton Content    
Issue 223

26th October 1907

The Cliveden Combine Charles Hamilton  Reprinted in The Dreadnought issue 1/33
Lincoln C Poindexter arrives!
Issue 224

2nd November 1907

The Fourth Form Football Club Charles Hamilton   Reprinted in The Dreadnought issue 1/33
The fourth-form vote catchers
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Rewritten as a Rookwood story and printed in the Penny Popular 1/244
The Schoolboy Detectives
Issue 225

9th November 1907

The Cliveden Hobby Club Charles Hamilton   Reprinted in The Dreadnought 1/35
The Fourth Form Hobby Club

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Rewritten as a Rookwood story and printed in the Penny Popular 1/256
The Rookwood Hobbyists
Issue 226

16th November 1907

The Fight with the Fifth Charles Hamilton   Reprinted in The Dreadnought 1/36
A fight with the fifth
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Rewritten as a Rookwood story and printed in the Penny Popular 1/249
Fagging for the Fifth
Issue 227

23rd November 1907

Christmas at Cliveden Charles Hamilton   Reprinted in the Popular 1/269
Christmas at Cliveden
Issue 228

30th November 1907

The Captain of Cliveden Charles Hamilton  Reprinted in the Dreadnought 1/37
The Captain's Secret
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Rewritten as a Rookwood story and printed in the Penny Popular 1/240
The Captain's Secret
Issue 229

7th December 1907

The Cliveden Paper-Chase Charles Hamilton   Reprinted in the Dreadnought 1/38
The Cliveden Paper-Chase
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Rewritten as a Rookwood story and printed in the Penny Popular 1/238
The Cross Country Run
Issue 230

14th December 1907

The Fourth Form Reformers Charles Hamilton   
Issue 231

21st December 1907

The Fourth Form Match Charles Hamilton   Reprinted in the Dreadnought 1/40
The Fourth Form Match
Issue 232

28th December 1907

The Cliveden Waxworks
(Page missing)
Charles Hamilton  Reprinted in the Dreadnought 1/41
The Cliveden Waxworks
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Rewritten as a Rookwood story and printed in the Penny Popular 1/237
The Rookwood Waxworks
Issue 233

4th January 1908

Philpot's Plot Charles Hamilton    
Issue 234

11th January 1908

The Cliveden Diablo Match Charles Hamilton    
Issue 235

18th January 1908

Champions on the Ice Charles Hamilton    
Issue 236

25th January 1908

The Cliveden Toffee-Makers Charles Hamilton   Reprinted in the Dreadnought 1/44
The Cliveden Toffee-Makers/
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Rewritten as a Rookwood story and printed in the Penny Popular 1/239
The Fall of the Fistical Four
Issue 237

1st February 1908

Poindexter's Ghost Charles Hamilton   Reprinted in the Dreadnought 1/45
Poindexter's Ghost
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Rewritten as a Rookwood story and printed in the Penny Popular issue 1/261
Tommy Dodd's Ghost
Issue 238

8th February 1908

The Cliveden Sweepstakes Charles Hamilton   Reprinted in the Dreadnought 1/46
The Cliveden Sweepstakes
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Rewritten as a Rookwood story and printed in the Penny Popular issue 1/253
The Rookwood Sweepstake
Issue 239

15th February 1908

The Cliveden Valentines Charles Hamilton    
Issue 240

22nd February 1908

Snowed Up Charles Hamilton   Reprinted in the Dreadnought 1/83
The Midnight Snow Fight
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Rewritten as a Rookwood story and printed in the Penny Popular issue 1/269
Snowed Up
Issue 241

29th February 1908

Bravo, Cliveden Charles Hamilton    
Issue 242

7th March 1908

The Cliveden Detectives Charles Hamilton   Reprinted in the Dreadnought 1/49
The Cliveden Detectives
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Rewritten as a Rookwood story and printed in the Penny Popular issue 1/244
The Schoolboy Detectives
Issue 243

14th March 1908

The Cliveden Redskins Charles Hamilton   Reprinted in the Dreadnought 1/48
The Cliveden Redskins
Issue 244

21st March 1908

The Cliveden Sports Charles Hamilton   Reprinted in the Dreadnought 1/50
The Cliveden Sports
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Rewritten as a Rookwood story and printed in the Penny Popular issue 1/243
The Rookwood Sports
Issue 245

28th March 1908

Poindexter's Peril Charles Hamilton   Reprinted in the Dreadnought 1/51
Poindexter's Peril
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Rewritten as a Rookwood story and printed in the Penny Popular issue 1/245
Held to Ransom
Issue 246

4th April 1908

April Fools Charles Hamilton    
Issue 247

11th April 1908

The Cliveden Minstrels Charles Hamilton   Reprinted in the Dreadnought 1/52
The Cliveden Minstrels
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Rewritten as a Rookwood story and printed in the Penny Popular issue 1/241
The Rookwood Minstrels
Issue 248

18th April 1908

Cliveden's Little Mystery Charles Hamilton   Reprinted in the Dreadnought 1/53
The Mystery of the Missing Fag
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Rewritten as a Rookwood story and printed in the Penny Popular issue 1/248
The Vanished Schoolboy
Issue 249

25th April 1908

Cliveden's Opening Match Charles Hamilton    
Issue 250

2nd May 1908

The Cliveden Rag Charles Hamilton   
Issue 251

9th May 1908

May Day at Cliveden Charles Hamilton   
Issue 252

16th May 1908

The Cliveden Wheelers Charles Hamilton  Reprinted in the Dreadnought 1/56
The Cliveden Cyclists
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Rewritten as a Rookwood story and printed in the Penny Popular issue 1/242
The Rookwood Wheelers
Issue 253

23rd May 1908

The Cliveden Gardeners Charles Hamilton  Reprinted in the Dreadnought 1/57
The Cliveden Gardeners
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Rewritten as a Rookwood story and printed in the Penny Popular issue 1/247
Back to the Land
Issue 254

30th May 1908

Empire Day at Cliveden Charles Hamilton   
  Issue 255

6th June 1908

The Cliveden Derby Charles Hamilton  Reprinted in the Dreadnought 1/58
The Cliveden Races

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Rewritten as a Rookwood story and printed in the Penny Popular issue 1/246
The Rookwood Derby
Issue 256

13th June 1908

Flynn the Golfist Charles Hamilton  Reprinted in the Dreadnought 1/59
The Cliveden Golfers
  Issue 257

20th June 1908

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 258

27th June 1908

The New Boy at Cliveden Charles Hamilton  Reprinted in the Dreadnought 1/60
The New Boy at Cliveden
Issue 259

4th July 1908

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 260

11th July 1908

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 261

18th July 1908

The Rival Escort Charles Hamilton  Rewritten as a Rookwood story and printed in the Penny Popular 1/252
The Rival Escort
Issue 262

25th July 1908

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 263

1st August 1908

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 264

8th August 1908

Price's Sister Charles Hamilton  Rewritten as a Rookwood story and printed in the Penny Popular 1/250
Tommy Cook's Sister
Issue 265

15th August 1908

No Hamilton Content    
  Issue 266

22nd August 1908

No Hamilton Content    
  Issue 267

29th August 1908

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 268

5th September 1908

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 269

12th September 1908

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 270

19th September 1908

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 271

26th September 1908

No Hamilton Content    
  Issue 272

3rd October 1908

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 273

10th October 1908

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 274

17th October 1908

The Cliveden Footballers Charles Hamilton   
Issue 275

24th October 1908

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 276

31st October 1908

No Hamilton Content    
  Issue 277

7th November 1908

No Hamilton Content    
  Issue 278

14th November 1908

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 279

21st November 1908

The Cliveden Ghost Charles Hamilton   
Issue 280

28th November 1908

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 281

5th December 1908

A Mixed Match Charles Hamilton  Rewritten as a Rookwood story and printed in the Penny Popular 1/257
The Mixed Match
Issue 282

12th December 1908

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 283

19th December 1908

The Poindexter Musical Society Charles Hamilton  Rewritten as a Rookwood story and printed in the Penny Popular 1/251
The Rookwood Musical Societies
Issue 284

26th December 1908

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 285

2nd January 1909

No Hamilton Content    
  Issue 286

9th January 1909

Unknown    
Issue 287

16th January 1909

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 288

23rd January 1909

The Cliveden Caterers Charles Hamilton  Reprinted in the Dreadnought 1/38
The Cliveden's Cooks
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Rewritten as a Rookwood story and printed in the Penny Popular issue 1/258
The Rookwood Cooks
Issue 289

30th January 1909

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 290

6th February 1909

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 291

13th February 1909

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 292

20th February 1909

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 293

27th February 1909

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 294

6th March 1909

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 295

13th March 1909

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 296

20th March 1909

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 297

27th March 1909

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 298

3rd April 1909

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 299

10th April 1909

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 300

17th April 1909

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 301

24th April 1909

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 302

1st May 1909

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 303

8th May 1909

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 304

15th May 1909

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 305

22nd May 1909

No Hamilton Content    
  Issue 306

29th May 1909

No Hamilton Content    
  Issue 307

5th June 1909

No Hamilton Content    
  Issue 308

12th June 1909

No Hamilton Content    
  Issue 309

19th June 1909

No Hamilton Content    
  Issue 310

26th June 1909

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 311

3rd July 1909

The Cliveden Cooks Charles Hamilton   
  Issue 312

10th July 1909

No Hamilton Content    
  Issue 313

17th July 1909

No Hamilton Content    
  Issue 314

24th July 1909

No Hamilton Content    
  Issue 315

31st July 1909

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 316

7th August 1909

The Cliveden Dramatists Charles Hamilton  Reprinted in the Dreadnought 1/61
Cliveden's "Julius Caesar"
  Issue 317

14th August 1909

No Hamilton Content    
  Issue 318

21st August 1909

No Hamilton Content    
  Issue 319

28th August 1909

No Hamilton Content    
  Issue 320

4th September 1909

No Hamilton Content    
  Issue 321

11th September 1909

No Hamilton Content    
Issue 322

18th September 1909

The Cliveden Scouts Charles Hamilton