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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 7:08 pm    Post subject: Hillhead High School Reply with quote

Hillhead High School, 22-44 Oakfield Avenue, Glasgow G12 8LJ

OS Grid Ref: NS 571669



The following is an extract from Hillhead High School 1885 – 1961.

Erected for Govan Parish School Board, Hillhead Public School was opened on Monday, 13th April 1885 in Sardinia Terrace (now Cecil Street).
On the 18th December, 1918, the headmaster called a meeting in the School to consider the question of a School War Memorial. A three-fold aim was suggested, and in time approved:
1) To place in the School a simple permanent memorial.
2) To issue a memorial volume
3) To purchase a recreation ground for School and Club.
The Memorial tablet, erected in the entrance hall in Cecil Street, and later duplicated at Hughenden, was designed by Mr. James A. Boyle, then Art Master in the School. The tablet consists of a plain marble slab as a mount for three polished lacquered brasses, on which the names of the 179 men who fell are deeply engraved. It was unveiled by General Sir Philip Robertson K.C.B., C.M.G., and dedicated by the Rev. Dr. John Smith, on 26th November, 1920.Captain S.R. Skilling, also of the School Staff was tasked with the preparation of the Memorial Volume. He had kept the records of service for the wartime magazines. The third aim of the Memorial Committee was to find a suitable ground and to raise the money to buy it. This was achieved with some effort and Hughenden was officially opened on Saturday, 24th May 1924, by Sir Charles Cleland, and dedicated by Dr. Smith.
The new school, at Oakfield Avenue, was opened on 1st September 1931.

The memorial remained in Cecil Street, which was now Hillhead Primary School, until this year. On the building of a new Hillhead Primary School the memorial has now been moved to the High School.



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 7:12 pm    Post subject: Hillhead High School Reply with quote

The following is an extract from Hillhead High School 1885 – 1961.

With 1945 came the need for a second chronicle of service and of loss. Wartime secrecy and upheaval had made it impossible to keep such accurate records as in 1914-18, despite immense effort on the part of the compilers. The War memorial Committee of Staff, Trust, and PTA with Mr James A. Cessford as Convener worked hard for three years before the lists were completed for publication. It was decided to place in the School a War Memorial Tablet and a War Memorial Volume, and to issue a brochure that should contain some detail.
The War Memorial Tablet was dedicated on 16th November, 1948, by the Right Rev. Dr. Alexander Macdonald, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
The Memorial, designed, carved, and inscribed by Mr J. S. Keith of the Art Department, is a simple mahogany panel, six feet by two, mounted on the wall facing the main door of Oakfield Avenue. Under the name of the School and the words “IN MEMORIUM “arranged in seven columns and lettered in gold, are the names of those from the School who gave their lives for their country in the war of 1939 – 45. Below the names is the School Motto,
“JE MAINTIENDRAI”, and on either side carved panels of oak branches with leaves and acorns. The leaves signify strength and valour, the acorns immortality.





In the reception area outside the main office there are two identical seats commemorating WW1. Unfortunately there is no record of the benefactor.




Many thanks to Doreen Dalrymple for allowing me access to the school.

John
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