Council presents its One Hundred and First Report, and
the Statement of Accounts for 1959 (the statement will be circulated
with the notice convening the Annual General Meeting).
PRESIDENCY OF THE SOCIETY
At the Annual General Meeting in 1958, Major Teichman
Derville intimated that whilst he was willing to remain in office as
President for one more year he felt that during the year the Society
should seek a new President. At the 1959 Annual General Meeting Major
Teichman Derville said that the time had now come for him to lay down
the office which he had held continuously since 1939. He expressed
gratitude for the support which he had received throughout the whole of
the twenty years, a period which had seen, during the earlier years, an
inevitable decline in the Society’s fortunes, but more recently a
growth from strength to strength so that the Society had become, as we
might with some justice claim, the foremost county archaeologica1
Many Officers and members spoke in appreciation of Major
Teichman Derville’s invaluable services to the Society, and the
following resolution was passed unanimously and with acclamation :—
"The members of the Kent Archaeological Society
express their profound gratitude to Major Teichman Derville for his
distinguished services as President of the Society for twenty years, a
longer period of office than that of any other President in the history
of the Society. His devotion to the well-being of the Society and to
of archaeology in Kent, his learning and scholarship, his generosity and
hospitality, and his courteous friendliness and constant helpfulness in
all the affairs of the Society have inspired the esteem, admiration and
affection of the members, who now place their appreciation on permanent
record in this Resolution passed at the Annual General Meeting on the
9th May, 1959."
Subsequently a beautifully illuminated copy of the
resolution, inscribed by Mr. F. C. Elliston Erwood, was presented to
Major Teichman Derville.
At the Annual General Meeting Lt. Col. G. W. Meates,
Chairman of Council, on behalf of Council, submitted the name of Mr.
Thomas Neame, M.A., F.S.A., for election as President, adducing cogent
reasons why Mr. Neame would be a fitting successor to Major Teichman
Derville. Several members spoke in favour of the nomination, and on
being put to the meeting the resolution was carried unanimously. Major
Teichman Derville then installed Mr. Neame in the President’s chair.
Council has resolved that Major Teichman Derville, as Past
President, shall enjoy all the privileges of a Vice-President and of an
It is with deep regret that Council reports the death, in
November, of Major Eric Clarke, of Cranbrook. A member of the Society
for nearly forty years, he had been a valued member of Council, and also
acted for many years as Local Secretary.