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Our War Memorials
This page was initiated as a way to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE Day) on 8th May 1945. We have collated some interesting material from our archives in honour of those who contributed to the war effort which also offers insight into life at the School between 1939 and 1945.
Our WWII bronze memorial sits at the entrance to the School Office. Former Art Master T S Halliday was responsible for sculpting the bronze work while Former Pupil Mr H K Symington provided the stonework.
The full story relating to the war memorial unveiling can be found here in the September 1939 Centenary edition of the School magazine, and a copy of the order of service from the Service of Remembrance at Dundee Parish Church (St Mary’s) can be viewed here.
The memorial was unveiled at 3.30pm on Wednesday 8th June 1949 by Elizabeth Dick (Head Girl) and Roger Chawla (Head Boy). The Rev. J H Duncan DD Hon Chaplain of the School and the Rev. A M Davidson, CBE, MC, DD, KHC Deputy Chaplain General, HM Forces took part in the ceremony. ‘Flowers of the Forest’ was performed by the pipes and drums of the Cadet Corps.
The photograph (shown below) from The Dundee Evening Telegraph shows the ceremony being conducted on The Pillars with school pupils, many relatives of the fallen, friends and Directors in attendance.
The names of our Former Pupils who served in HM Forces during WWII were listed in our School magazines in 1946. The list can be found on page 36 of the April edition. An addendum to the list also features on page 22 of the June edition. Both can be viewed in full within the Archive Section of our School website.
The names listed on this page are of Former Pupils and former colleagues who lost their lives during the Second World War. Their names are also displayed in our beautifully illustrated Roll of Honour book (photographed below), which sits in a glass case in front of the WWII memorial (just outside our School Office).
A photographic record of these pages can be found here. The calligraphy was penned by former teacher and painter Joan W Cuthill (1921 to 2010). Joan was born in Arbroath, and also taught at Falkirk Technical School, Morrison's Academy and Arbroath High School. Mr W P Vannet very kindly provided the frontispiece.
|Name||Rank||Regiment||Date of Death|
|William M. Adams||Engineer Officer||MN||29th October 1939|
|William Ronald Allison||Lt.||SAAF||1st March 1944|
|Alan Reid Beveridge||Fl. Sgt.||RAF||1st July 1941|
|Robert Graham Webster Beveridge||Fl. Lt.||RAF||14th April 1942|
|Blair Shaw Robertson Black||Cptn. (Hampshire Rgt)||Black Watch RHR||September 1944|
|Hugh Alexander Agnew Bodin||Fl. Sgt.||RAF||2nd September 1944|
|David Miller Brown||Gunner||RA||September 1943|
|John Donald Brown||Sgt. Pilot||RAF||12th April 1941|
|Kenneth John Burnett||Cptn.||Border Regiment||May 1945|
|Betty H. S. Cochran||Flight Officer||WAAF||8th October 1945|
|Arthur William Cooper||Chief Engineer Officer||MN||21st November 1942|
|John Frederick Cooper||Lt.||RE||23rd February 1943|
|Norman Roy Cooper||3rd Engineer Officer||MN||19th March 1941|
|Ian Scott Cowley||Lt.||Black Watch RHR||16th April 1943|
|William Gordon Dickie||Pilot Officer||RAF||11th August 1940|
|Robert Campbell Duff||Sgt. Pilot||RAF||18th March 1940|
|John Steven Duncan||W/Bombardier Field Regt||RA||27th February 1943|
|Gordon Bannerman Dundas||Sgt. Wireless Operator Air Gunner||RAF||27th September 1941|
|Edward Thomson Halley||Fl. Lt.||RAF||19th December 1942|
|Colin C. Hayens||Cpl.||Seaforth Highlanders||December 1944|
|David Guthrie Jack||Wireless Operator||MN||1st March 1941|
|Douglas R. Jeffrey||Sgt.||RAF||23rd March 1943|
|James Keir||Lt (T/Capt.)||Queens Own Cameron Highlanders||4th December 1941|
|Frank Bruce Law||Sgt. Pilot||RAF||September 1944|
|Frederick Leonard Lees||Sub. Lt. (A)||RN||2nd July 1940|
|Ian G. McCall||Captain||RAMC||October 1943|
|Charles A. McGregor||Captain||Black Watch RHR||27th October 1942|
|John Alexander Ross McIntyre||Sub. Lt. (A)||RNVR||May 1945|
|A. Ian Mackay||Sgt. Observer||RAF||21st April 1943|
|Donald R. McKay||Sub. Lt. (A)||RNVR||30th July 1941|
|George W. Mackay||Lt.||East Lancashire Rgt||1st December 1941|
|John Douglas Mackay||Sgt. Observer||RAF||8th August 1941|
|Earnest McArtney Martin||Major, Indian Army||Attached to Duke of Wellington's Rgt||21st December 1942|
|Neil Garland Melrose||Bombardier||West Yorkshire Rgt RA HAA||27th June 1945|
|Lindsay J. Millar||Sub. Lt. (E)||RN||27th March 1942|
|Ian Cameron Millar DSC||Lt.||RNVR||21st October 1941|
|William McInroy Miller||Radio Officer||MN||4th April 1941|
|Grant Muckart DFC||Warrant Officer (No. 97 Sqn)||RAF||April 1944|
|Conrad Howard Newstead||Sgt. (No. 35 Squadron)||RAF||24th July 1941|
|David Duncan Nicoll||Cptn.||1st Fife & Forfar||22nd November 1944|
|James Scott Nicoll||Cptn.||Frontier Force Regiment, Indian Army||8th July 1944|
|James Stanley Nicoll||Chief Radio Officer||MN||September 1944|
|Robert Carmichael Nicolson||Engineer||MN||29th April 1941|
|James E. Paterson||5th Engineer Officer||MN||17th October 1942|
|Thomas Renwick Swanley Paterson||Lt.||RA||21st January 1944|
|Robert L. Patterson||Pilot Officer||RAF||18th July 1940|
|William B. Pattullo||Pilot Officer||RAF||October 1940|
|James Harvie Petrie||Pilot Officer||RAF||June 1943|
|Talbert Stevenson Philip||L/Bdr. (126 Highland Field Regt)||RA||August 1944|
|Ian Grant Robertson||Cadet||MN||16th May 1941|
|James C. Robertson||Paymaster Lt.||RNVR||December 1941|
|William A. Robertson||Colonel CBE MC TD||RAMC||26th March 1942|
|John W. Scrimgeour||Captain||RA||1st June 1944|
|Douglas Mackay Shepherd||Captain||East African Intelligence Corps||12th June 1943|
|David R. Snodgrass||1st Radio Officer||MN||4th June 1941|
|Robert Hay Soutter||Flight Sgt.||RAF||14th November 1942|
|William Harvey Spreull||Capt.||Seaforth Highlanders||April 1943|
|Douglas C. Stewart||Leading Airman||FAA||27th August 1941|
|Ronald S. Watson||Lt.||RNVR||December 1941|
|Noel G. Whyte||Writer||RN||17th October 1942|
|James Armstrong Wright MC & BAR||Major||Black Watch RHR||December 1944|
Insight Into School Life During WWII
Please take some time to delve into our School magazines from 1939 to 1945 within the Archive Section of our website to find out more about our school during wartime Dundee. The Editorial sections of each magazine provide a wonderful insight into how pupils and staff adjusted to new ways of teaching and learning whilst also supporting the local community and the war effort too.
Ian M Bain was Rector from 1932 to 1955 and in that time he and the Board of Directors had to adapt and change the way the School maintained its educational provision whilst looking at ways to help others. His article in the December 1939 School magazine entitled ‘The School in War Time’ sets the scene. He opens with a quote from a pupil: “I never expected the War to be like this, I thought we would hear bands playing and see a great outburst of national patriotic feeling”. A week before war broke out, the school set about creating adequate air-raid provision, and in August 1939 the process of evacuation began.
On 9th October 1939, the School was inspected and reopened but in the meantime our school community came together and we set about creating our very first remote learning programme. With the kindness of school families and staff, Senior School classes began in private houses and by the time the School opened in October there were already 26 centres in full operation with a further 5 in their early stages.
By December 1939, the School still lacked permission for Junior School pupils to return so they continued to be educated in private homes by our Junior teachers in the West End, Lawside, Lochee, Downfield, Maryfield, Baxter Park, West Ferry and Broughty Ferry. (Read more...)