The British Library lists The Children's Hour annual edited by “Uncle Mac” of the B.B.C. (Derek McCulloch) as starting in 1935.
|From Children's Hour Annual 1936|
Kimpie plays for Tillingfold is written by Hugh de Sélincourt who it states was born in 1878 (- 1951) and was asked to read one of his stories on the radio when he submitted his book "Young 'Un" to Children's Hour. It led to this story of cricket, about which de Sélincourt was knowledgeable, enjoying village cricket for years and "scored his first century at the age of 50". Interestingly the National Portrait Gallery lists a photographic portrait of him by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd) as a "half-plate nitrate negative, 9 January 1928 Given by Pinewood Studios via Victoria and Albert Museum, 1989" I also found an article called "Hugh de Selincourt, a Forgotten Anti-War Novelist" in Cambridge Quarterly (2012) 41 (4): 476-491.
|Page 41 Boy oils and wipes his cricket bat while sitting on chair|
|Page 44 Cricketer leans forward whilst umpire watches with cricket club in background|
|Page 47 Behind a bench of people watching cricket, boy straps on cricket pads|
Page 48 Man and woman in car turn to look at boy in striped blazer in rear seat
Memories of Mooweem written by H. Mortimer Batten is the second story in this annual that Sheppard illustrates. "H.M.B." "has been writing [nature stories] for the Children's Hour since 1925". The story is sub-titled "A bear cub whom I knew and loved: A true story from the pen of the famous naturalist" Even a cursory glance through a list of his books on Amazon shows this naturalist was prolific. You can read his Habits and characters of various wild animals () on the Internet Archive. It appears that Harry Mortimer Batten lived from 1888-1958.
|Page 59 Two men, one holds plate away from bear cub |
as it climbs his lap – man spills drink – tent in background
|Page 62 Man in chequered shirt leans over campfire |
where other man cooks on fire and bear looks on
|Page 65 Bear cub tips bottle into mouth, bird on plate, log cabin behind|
==============================* Jeff Walden, ‘McCulloch, Derek Ivor Breashur [Uncle Mac] (1897–1967)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/53647, accessed 23 Feb 2014]