“On the last day of the December term of 1944 there took place in the Hall a ceremony that marked the introduction, not of a new activity, but of a new conception of our many activities. This conception, without our being aware of it, we had long needed; and through it we have gathered up the threads of our school life into a pattern, computed the value of every undertaking and of every individual contribution to it and learnt to honour the House of which members, in the new sense of proportion we have acquired, have been most active and most successful not only in games but also in their scholarship and any essays in artistic excellence on which they have ventured.

The ceremony was the presentation of the Friedlander Shield. The shield was offered for House competition by Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Friedlander and their three sons in memory of Cecil Friedlander, whom many Old Boys and the older members of the Staff recall as a boy and a man of great ability and of fine and rare sportsmanship and charm, the first of the Old Boys to lose his life in the recent war. The gift, and the constructive thought behind it, is yet another of Mr. Friedlander’s wise and generous contributions to our endowment and to the spirit of our School; and the beauty of the shield, the badge and the many medallions for the recording of the names of the winning Houses is in keeping with the new conception of manifold service to the School which the trophy is designed both to record and to encourage.”
G.B. [Dr. G. H. M. Bobbins, senior English master and senior assistant]

C. A. Friedlander

Cecil Arnold, son of Alfred and Margaret Friedlander matriculated at Wynberg in 1928. Graduating from UCT with a B.A. LLB, he was called to the Bar in Cape Town, served his Articles of Clerkship and was admitted as an Attorney. 

WBHS Magazine

Click to view the online WBHS 1945 Magazine 

When war broke out he enlisted in the artillery but later transferred to the South African Naval Forces as an Able Seaman. Volunteering for service craft, he was sent to the Mediterranean and posted to HMSAS (His Majesty’s South African Ship) Southern Floe, going down with her when she [was lost, presumably to a mine, … the ship being blown from the water near Tobruk on the night*] of 10 February 1941. 

The Friedlander Shield was presented in Cecil’s memory by his family in December 1944. Cecil was the brother of late Old Boy Richard “Dick” Friedlander, who like their father Alfred, served as chairman of the School Board of Governors and as Mayor of Cape Town. The Friedlander family were cousins to Arnold Lorie, the first headmaster of the independent Wynberg Boys’ Junior School, after whom Lorie House is named. 

The Friedlander Shield is now contested by the eight houses of Wynberg across our four pillars: Academics, Sport, Culture and Service. 

* Source: www.defenceweb.co.za, Book Review, “Official History of the SANF during WW2”