On This Day: Wynberg’s Memorial Gates Inaugurated 23 May 1925

Wynberg Boys' High School War Memorial Gates

The following is an extract from the 1925 Wynberg School Magazine:

“Our War Memorial

(With acknowledgements to the “Cape Times”.)

Wynberg Boys' High School Magazine 1925

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On Saturday afternoon, 23 May, at 3 p.m., there was an impressive ceremony at our school, when the Administrator, Sir N. F. de Waal, opened the Memorial Gateway erected by past and present boys in honour of their comrades who fell in the Great War. Among the large gathering of people were Sir Ernest Kilpin, General T. Lukin, the Mayor of Wynberg (Mr. M. C. Vos), the Magistrate (M. D. L. Leslie), Rev. E. W. Lasbrey, Rev.  A. Graham and Justice A. P. N. du Toit.

A guard of honour, composed of School Cadets, was drawn up at the gateway nand saluted Sir Frederic. The bugles sounded the “Last Post”, and the flag flying on the green inside was half-masted. Then followed a pause of one minute, after which Sir Frederic opened the gate; the bugles sounded the “Reveille” and the flag was hoisted.

A procession was formed and proceeded to the tennis court where a large number of seats had been provided, a platform having been erected at one for the conducting of the ceremony.

After the hymn “O God Our Help in Ages Past” had been sung and prayers in Dutch and English had been offered up by Justice A. P. N. du Toit and the Rev. E. W. Lasbrey, and a lesson from the scriptures read by the Rev. A. Graham, Mr. Cedric Withinshaw, deputising for the chairman of the Old Boys’ Committee (Mr. Duncan Taylor, who had left the previous day for England), asked the Administrator to address the gathering.

Mr. Withinshaw dwelt eloquently on the self-sacrificing spirit displayed by the forty-three who had fallen.

The Administrator, whose voice carried clearly to all parts of the ground, voiced the pride we all feel in those whose memory we were honouring. That they answered the call of Duty – “Stern daughter of the Voice of God” – will ever remain an inspiration to us, and it struck Sir Frederic that the form of our Memorial was peculiarly appropriate, for it is a concrete and permanent reminder to all who enter our grounds that the school has in the part fulfilled one of the principal objects of education, namely, to fit its students for the responsibilities of citizenship.

Wynberg Boys' High School War Memorial Gates

Crowds gathered on the School Tennis Court for the ceremonial opening address.

Dwelling on the achievements of our school in all phases of life, and on the value of that attribute of any body known as “Esprit de Corps” , whose foundation is Tradition, and whose lesson is Service – – service for the honour and glory of the body – – His Honour claimed that we had a record to be proud of. That no [fewer] than 480 of our old Boys had served in various fields and capacities during the war he prophecied would in time be cherished as one of the traditions of the school. The sorrow caused to the relatives of the [42] young men who laid down their lives would be softened and assuaged; but that they laid the foundation of a new manhood, born out of the travail of the past, would never be forgotten. Their example would help to guide the footsteps of future generations of students passing through the gateway. Their sacrifice had not been in vain. Truly may we say of them: “Their name liveth for evermore.”

At the conclusion of Sir Frederic’s speech, the hymn “O Valiant Hearts, who to your glory came,” was sung, followed by the National Anthem.

The gate, which is of cast-iron and beautifully designed, is supported on each side by solid stone pillars, into which are let brass tablets with the names of those who fell inscribed on them:

B. Abrahams, E. J. Brodies, A. K. Carstens, B. Cohen, G. T. Cornwell, R. Duncan, G. H. Elliott, C. H. Elliott, D. Elliott, E. Elliott, T. A. Filby, W. J. Fish, M. S. Fox, R. L. Graham, C. C. Gordon, C. L. Giddy, H. T. Garrett, E. M. Greenwood, H. I. Harcourt, E. W. Hitchcock, K. T. Howard, C. F. Horne, J. C. Hurlin, N. Keppel Jones, C. Loxton, C. R. Luckes, J. R. Martin, I. McEwan, W. H. Milner, F. J. Mills, C. V. Noaks, J. E. Poole, E. G. Powell, W. Prins, C. H. Sauerman, R. R. Short, W. Solomon, G. G. Scott, S. Scott, W. I. Thomson, C. A. Vipan, J. E. Watters. “