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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 5:47 pm    Post subject: Royal High School WW1, Edinburgh Reply with quote

I have no photos, have not visited and do not know if this info is correct but I thought it important to record it for future investigation before it is lost. The following is the text of a Wikipedia entry that has now been removed (for reasons unknown).

"First World War

Schoolfellows who gave their lives for their country are commemorated by the memorial porch and brass tablets in the school hall. The upper architrave of the marble Doric portico is inscribed with a phrase from Simonides: ΟΥΔΕ ΤΕΘΝΑΣΙ ΘΑΝΟΝΤΕΣ. They died but are not dead.

A memorial field was laid out at Jock's Lodge in 1919, where a grand pavilion was presented to the school by the Education Authority and opened by HRH Prince Henry in 1925. The perimeter was planted with commemorative trees and a stand was erected by public subscription. The memorial gates, opened in 1950, bear copper shields emblematic of the fighting services. Their vine motif is the Christian symbol of life. Set above is the word Meminerimus (Let us remember), taken from the school song.

The Roll of Honour 1914-1918 contains 1024 names. The number of those who fell is 180. Former pupils received many decorations and awards, among them:

Two VCs
Two CBs
One KCSI
One KCMG
One CMG
Two CIEs
One KCVO
One CBE
16 DSOs
Six OBEs
Three OBEs (Military Division)
Two DSCs
47 MCs
One AFC
One KGStJ
One AStJ
Seven DCMs
Five CGMs
20 MMs
One DFM
Three MSMs
One LSM
Eleven TDs
91 mentions in despatches
One mention in 'B' list of despatches
One Certificate of Commendation from Admiralty
One Silver Medal from Lloyd's
One Order of Leopold (Belgium)
Four Croixes de Guerre (Belgium)
One Order of St. Vladimir with Crossed Swords (Russia)
One Order of St. George, 4th Class (Russia)
One Croix de Chevalier of the Order of the Redeemer (France)
One Croix de Guerre with Star (France)
Two Croixes de Guerre with Palm (France)
Two Croixes de Guerre (France)
One Médaille de la Victoire (France)
One Médaille Commémorative (France)
One Médaille de la Reconnaisance, 3rd Class (France)
One Medal of Military Merit (Greece)
One Order of the Crown of Italy
One King of Italy's Medal
One Order of the White Eagle (Serbia)
Two Order of St. Sava (Serbia)
Two Order of St. Sava, 5th Class (Serbia)
One Knight Comander of the North Star of Sweden


The VC recipients were Philip Bent and Harcus Strachan."

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul

The Jock's Lodge playing fields are now a Morrisons Supermarket car park. I can only assume (hope) the gates moved with the School when it moved to the West of the City many years ago.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are the Royal High School photos. My thanks to the Acting Rector, David Simpson, the Business Manager Bev and the RHS FP President Martin, for arranging access and helping to identify the locations of the memorials.

I will post photos of the WW1 memorials first, then the gates that used to be at Jock's Lodge, but are now outside the RHS FP clubhouse. I will post the WW2 items in the other thread.

Regards LIT

WW1 marble gate and plaques located in the assembly hall:













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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The memorial gates:




























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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Superb photos of obviously well cared for memorials. A credit to all.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 'Scotsman' of 24th December 1917 confirms this Irish officer as the John J. Shannon listed on this memorial. He also attended Dumfries Academy and Edinburgh University.

SHANNON, JOHN JAMES Initials: J J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Captain
Regiment/Service: Royal Army Medical Corps
Secondary Regiment: Lincolnshire Yeomanry
Secondary Unit Text: attd. 1st/1st
Age: 39
Date of Death: 29/11/1917
Additional information: Son of Maria Shannon, of Cloona House, Ballina, Co. Mayo, and the late George Shannon.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: F. 22.
Cemetery: RAMLEH WAR CEMETERY
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