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The Berwickshire High School, Duns

 
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Merseman



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Location: Duns, Berwickshire

PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 7:05 pm    Post subject: The Berwickshire High School, Duns Reply with quote

The Berwickshire High School in the county town of Duns opened in 1896, offering the first centralised provision of higher education in Berwickshire.

Broadly speaking: until the late 1940s, children stayed in their local parish school until reaching the school leaving age of 14 - unless they planned to take qualifications in which case they went to "the BHS" from 12. With the raising of the school leaving age to 15 there was a county re-organisation with 'junior secondaries' in Coldstream, Chirnside, Earlston and Eyemouth as well as Duns with the BHS providing 'senior secondary' provision. Then in the late 1960s there was further reorganisation, with junior secondaries abolished and Earlston and Eyemouth upgraded to full secondary status... however, the school remains "the BHS" and not say Duns High School.

So, whilst today the BHS is the secondary school for the middle 1/3 of the county, at the time of the world wars it was the county-wide secondary.

Located in the entrance lobby is the school's memorial to fallen pupils:




















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Merseman



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is actually the third building in which the plaques have been placed.

First was the original BHS - a sizeable townhouse bought in 1895 and later extended several times - where they were mounted in the hall.
(It became an agricultural college later part of Borders College but is now offices for Berwickshire Housing Association and its group of companies).

Then the old BHS - purpose built in 1958 - where they got seperated, with one in each wing of the crush hall.
(Currently empty but to host the primary school, council offices and a Jim Clark Museum post-refurbishment).

Finally the new BHS - purpose built in 2009.


new BHS:


old BHS:


original BHS:
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Merseman



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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1914 1919

TO THE GLORIOUS MEMORY OF OLD BOYS OF THIS
SCHOOL WHO FELL IN THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM

G Baillie
WD Clark
WW Cockburn
R Collin
R Cowe
R Clapham
J Dawson
HA Dickson
R Edington
FW Elliot
G Fair
RJP Harle
JHC Herald
J Hewitt
HH Holywell

W Johnstone
W Kerr
AD Kincaid
James B Kincaid
John B Kincaid
JJ McK Lawson
A Laurie
R Leithead
AH Logan
JH Middlemiss
GE Miller
E O'Brien
D Patton
JN Payne

JR Payne
WJ Reid
HS Robinson
FMA Routledge
G Somerville
AG Trotter
R Waddell
WG Walker
WA Watson
NB Watson
JM Watson
CC Watt
J Whitehead
J Wilson
J Wood

"THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE"


1939 1945

TO THE GLORIOUS MEMORY OF OLD BOYS OF THIS
SCHOOL WHO FELL IN THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM

AS Aitchison
J Aitchison
J Bell
D Bisset
AV Bryce
W Brydon
WR Dewar
R Dodds
WS Donaldson
AG Douglas
WS Edington
G Fairley
E Falconer
JM Hamilton
TD Hogg
JH Hughes
JT Johnston

G Lough
HN Lough
WS Lough
A Mabon
JWP Mabon
KAA McKeachie
J Mercer
R Middlemiss
WB Moffat
T Murray
B Nisbet
JM Oliver
RS Orr
GA Outterson
RL Patterson
TG Paxton
MS Pearson

JP Robertson
A Scott
DC Spiden
AW Stumbles
WAL Swan
W Trotter
RF Vert
RB Walker
WJ Watson
GW Wheeler
G Wishart
J Wood
LH Wood
T Wood
W Wood
WA Woolley

"THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE"
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Kenneth Morrison



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

G.A. OUTTERSON.

Named on the Jedburgh War Memorial in Roxburghshire as:

OUTTERSON, GEORGE A. FL. OFFICER. R. A. F.
George Alexander Outterson age 30 Flying Officer/Air Bomber (154243) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
George was educated at the Berwickshire High School at Duns before he joined the laboratory staff at the North British Rayon Company in Jedburgh. He enlisted from there in 1943 and as Leading Aircraftman (1565666) he was commissioned as a Pilot Officer in November 1943. He was promoted in May 1944. George was on a training flight on a Lancaster bomber of 1651 Heavy Conversion Unit from RAF Woolfox Lodge in Rutland when it crash landed at RAF Fiskerton in Lincolnshire after suffering engine failure. All of the crew, bar the rear gunner, were killed.
Born 1914 in Langton, Berwickshire. Son of the late Janet (Gray) Outterson (died 1940) and of Alexander Weir Outterson of Gavington, Duns, Berwickshire. Husband of Davina Fairbairn (Macdonald) Outterson of 21 Forthill Avenue, and of 6 Stratheden Terrace, Jedburgh who he married in 1939 in Jedburgh.
Died on Service on 2 April 1945 and buried in Jedburgh (Castlewood) Cemetery. (CWG)
Also named on the North British Rayon Company memorial in Jedburgh.
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