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Senior Smokie

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Posted - 05 Mar 2011 :  10:52:01 PM Show Profile Visit keptie's HomepageSend keptie a Private Message Reply with Quote
During my days at the ARBROATH HIGH SCHOOL in the Keptie Street, Arbroath location (now Angus college main building) had in its main entrance hall to the Rector's Office, his one secretary was the Great War Memorial listing the Former Pupils of the School who fell in the Great War and beside that the 1939 -1945 War Memorial to the school that had no names of casualties from the school on it. Beside in the Entrance area was a ROLL OF HONOUR to the School's former Pupils who were killed in action, died , or died of wounds during the war period of 4 August 1914 to 11 November 1918 etc .

The ARBROATH GUIDE of Saturday, 30 June 1923 , covered the story under the heading of HIGH SCHOOL WAR MEMORIAL :

On the occasion of the presentation of prizes at the High School yesterday, when all the pupils were assembled in the hall , the Rector Mr D. DRYSDALE , said that when the SCHOOL WAR MEMORIAL was first completed , two and a half years ago , it was discovered that the names of FIVE of the FORMER PUPILS who had laid down their lives in the GREAT WAR had been received too late for inclusion on the MEMORIAL.

After that date another of the FORMER PUPILS of the school died as a result of wounds received in action. The COMMITTEE who had had the erection of the MEMORIAL in hand had already decided that there should be added to it an OAK CASE to contain THE ROLL OF HONOUR, and they agreed that the names of the SIX MEN should be inscribed thereon . That had been done , and the memorial was ready to be UNVEILED .

With the Assembly STANDING Mrs D. Littlejohn performed the unveiling ceremony .

The names INSCRIBED on the ADDITIONAL SECTION of the Memorial are :








The SECTION takes the form of a tasteful little GLASS- FRONTAL OAK CASE , in which the ROLL OF HONOUR will be kept .

It was made by W. MIDDLETON & Sons , Cabinetmakers , Millgate .

The SIX named casualties of the Great War on this Additional roll of honour are listed with their Regiments /Corps etc

Lieutenant Patrick Wright ANDERSON, 8 Black Watch, 10 Black Watch , 18 Sqn RFC & RAF . Died of wounds in Arbroath on 2 Nov 1921 (wounds received in action 27June 1918 ).

Pte David H BAXTER , Seaforth Highlanders killed in action 22 August 1917.

First Engineer David M. CAIRD , Mercantile Marine, killed 10 April 1917.

Pte Charles ESPLIN, Black Watch died of wounds 20 July 1918.

Staff Surgeon George R. MILL, RNVR, died 11 February 1918 .


Lieutenant James WILSON , Cameron Highlanders , died 12 July 1918 .

Strangely enough the Great War Memorial with all the names on it and the WW2 War Memorial seemed to have been moved to the "new " 1980's Arbroath High School ..................

BUT ......... the ROLL OF HONOUR in its Oak Case failed to get to the new high School for some reason .


The Former pupils named above should not be forgotten and as you see the Arbroath High School Rector , Mr D Drysdale accepted the Oak case that contained the Roll of Honour from Mrs D. Littlejohn , the Arbroath High School War Memorial Committee . Mr Drysdale took the Roll of Honour into his Custody and Care so that future Rectors/ Head Teachers of the School would take care of it .


Senior Smokie

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Posted - 21 Jun 2011 :  10:27:16 PM Show Profile Visit keptie's HomepageSend keptie a Private Message Reply with Quote
I see that the East Forfarshire and Arbroath Directory 1922 held at the Arbroath Library has details of the cabinetmaker who made the oak case cabinet and the officials :

Cabinetmaker: Wm Middleton & Sons , Millgate , Arbroath and home address shown as being :

MIDDLETON, W ., cabinetmaker , 20 Addison Place Arbroath.

Arbroath HIGH SCHOOL : Rector :

DRYSDALE , David , Maule Street, Arbroath

LITTLEJOHN, MRS D. this official who did the official Unveiling Ceremony at the Prize giving day at the High School on 29 June 1923 could be the wife of D . Littlejohn , solicitor , Arbirlot Road Arbroath . There is listed in this book the chairman of the Arbroath Burgh School Management Committee a David Littlejohn !

Betty Reid
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Posted - 06 Mar 2014 :  07:17:33 AM Show ProfileSend Betty Reid a Private Message Reply with Quote
Mr and mrs D Littlejohn were my great grandparents. Yes he was a solicitor and his eldest son also David, my grandfathers brother took on the legal practice.
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