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ANSTRUTHER, WADE ACADEMY MEDAL

 
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2007 8:36 pm    Post subject: ANSTRUTHER, WADE ACADEMY MEDAL Reply with quote

This medal was awarded in 1927 to Alexander Macrae by the Wade Academy in Anstruther:

"In memory of the glorious men and deeds of the 7th (Territorial) Battalion The Black Watch 1914-1919.
Awarded for distinction in History and Geography."


Is this a School memorial, a Regimental memorial or just a keepsake with a miltary theme?
Who knows but it is very nice indeed.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2007 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2007 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The local newspaper for Anstruther in the 1920s would have more information on this I'm sure.

I'd say this is a regimental memorial since it is specifically mentions it's in memory of the 7th Bn Black Watch T.F.

If it was to former pupils of Wade Academy who served in the 7th BW then it would be a School memorial.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The medal was a post World War 1 innovation at Waid Academy introduced by the Governors.
Previously only the Dux of the School received a gold medal ( later becoming a gold watch ). However it was decided that senior pupils who came first in certain subjects should receive Subject Medals. These were paid for by local benefactors and as the first were presented in 1920, less than two years after the armistice, 3 of the 7 medals were struck in memory of war service i.e the Science medal was donated by Robert Ray "in memory of his brother Philip Oliphant Ray Lieutenant RFC killed in action 13 April 1917". Another was provided by the Rector of Waid Academy "in Honour of the daring and skill of the Fishermen and Seamen of the Waid Coast in Naval Service 1914 -1919".

The medal to MacRae was donated by Provost Cunningham (and others) "in memory of the Glorious men and deeds of the 7th Black Watch".

The reverse side of the medal shows the school coat of arms. This is based on a carving above the main entrance to the school carved by a Mr Rhind (Birnie?) of a sailing ship passing between two towers. This was said to be emblematic of the youth who would pass through into the sea of life. The school motto carved beneath is "Multi Pertransibunt Et Augebitur Scienta"- meaning "Many will pass through and learning will be increased."
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really interesting stuff, I guess it would be really difficult to find out in what year these medals were last presented?

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 3:07 pm    Post subject: WMR Number Reply with quote

WMR 85230.
All 3 are on the same report, rather than 3 separate reports as I am not clear that this are really war memorials, by definition, so one report makes it easier to remove them if at a later date someone else decides they are not
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