World War 1 Memorial Stone
World War 2 Memorial Board
SOUTHERN GRAMMAR SCHOOL FOR BOYS PORTSMOUTH 1888-1975
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Rolls of Honour and memorials
Former pupils from the school who laid down their lives in conflict in defence of the country's interests were commemorated by memorials which were displayed in the school buildings.
The memorial plaque from the First World War lists 69 who gave their lives and the plaque for later conflicts lists 80 who died in the Second World War plus one from the Korean War. It must, however, be noted that there is reason to believe that the lists may not be entirely complete. It is thought, for instance thatIn December 1919 the school used the South Parade P ier for the first time to host the School Entertainment programme - the operetta Westward Ho. 2500 people attended and a sum of £112 was raised towards the cost of the Memorial to those who had died in the First World War. The £60 balance required was easily raised by the following year's operetta Don Quixote.
In 1947 a War Memorial Fund was set up - the initial idea being to raise £1000 to furnish the library for the new school (when completed) and the erection of a commemorative plaque. However, at the Music Society Concert in 1950 Mr Mills suggested that an organ for the new school hall should be the objective. He had further suggested Sales of Work to boost slow progress of the Memorial Fund and two Sales (both organised by B C Thomas) in the early 1950s were outstandingly successful - so much so that a Compton pipe organ and memorial plaque were purchased and installed as a memorial to those who had died. (See the dedication programme and organ specification at the bottom of this page)
Old Secundrians managed to locate both memorials and have lodged them with the Portsmouth City archivist for safe keeping.
We are indebted to Tim Backhouse for his permission to reproduce below the lists displayed on his website
Southern Grammar School Roll of Honour (1914-1918)
IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF ALL OLD BOYS OF THIS SCHOOL WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR:
ARCHIBALD J. ANDREWS HENRY I. BARRELL WALTER H. BRIGGS ALFRED R. BROWN LEONARD A. BROWN GEORGE P. BURREN GEORGE G. CASEY A.H.G. CHATTERTON ROYDEN J. CHILDS C.H. CHURCHILL REGINALD A. CLARKE WILLIAM A. COBBY ARTHUR H. COLES C.H.M. COLLINGWOOD W.H.A. CORNWELL ERNEST E. COURTIS JAMES F. DAVIES SYDNEY GEORGE DAY FRANK E. DOPSON FREDERICK H. ESSERY ROBERT PERCY EWINS F.H. FRAMINGHAM CYRIL HENRY GILLHAM JOHN SYDNEY HAGAN ARTHUR C. HALL HENRY CECIL HALL EDWARD W. HATCHER HERBERT H. HAYES LEONARD R. HEATH JAMES H.F. IGGLEDEN FREDERICK A. JEFFERY ROYSTON S. JENKINS A. HAROLD JONES FRANK C. KNOWLES GEORGE T. LAUGHLAND EDWIN GEORGE LING LEONARD C. MAJOR T.L. MAKEPEACE REGINALD T. MILLS C.G. MITCHELL H.L. MITCHELL WALTER H. MORGAN FRANK M.A. NELDER ARTHUR R. NICHOLS WILLIAM S. OVER LESLIE OVERTON GEORGE E.H. PARKS WALTER G. PEARCE FREDERICK PULMAN M.T. RICHARDS REGINALD C. RUNDELL H.T. SCARBROUGH SAMUEL R.V. SELF ALBERT H. SHOTT EDGAR T. SMITH FRANCIS W. SQUIRES ALAN D. STEED A.P. STILWELL CHARLES L. STOKES EDWIN H. SUMMERS C.N. TANNER ROBERT H. TURNER HENRY W. VAUGHAN BERTRAM E.S. WAGER CHARLES F.H. WHITE C.W. WILKINSON F.H. WILLIAMSON WILLIAM T. WILLS FRANK WINDIBANK
Four of the former pupils recorded on this memorial were Engine Room Artificers who were serving on HMS Invincible when she was sunk at the Battle of Jutland on 31/5/1916. They were:-
Brown, Alfred Robert, ERA 4th Class, age 21, parents Alfred Fawcett & Eliza Brown, 14 Northern Parade, North End
Coles, Arthur Henry, ERA 4th Class, age 21, parents Henry A & Elizabeth J Coles, of 145 Haslemere Road, Southsea
Courtis, Ernest Edward, ERA 3rd Class
Mitchell, Herbert Lewis, age 22, ERA 4th Class, parents James & Isabella Mitchell, 106 Francis Avenue, Southsea
Two of the former pupils are buried in Highland Road Cemetery
F.H. Framingham, Private, 5th Bn. The Buffs (East Kent) Regiment, son of Edmund and Selina Framingham
A.H. Jones, Driver, 13th Reserve Battery, Royal Field Artillery.
Two of the former pupils are buried in Milton Cemetery. They are:-
G.G. Casey, Gunner, RGA Hampshire,
F.A. Jeffery, Corporal, R.E. 'B' Coy. Son of Frederick & Fanny Jeffery of 78 Walmer Road Fratton
One of the former pupils is buried in Kingston Cemetery. He is:-
L.A. Brown, Shipwright 3rd Class, HMS Victory. Son of Andrew & Jane Brown, of 178 Shearer Road Fratton
Frank Nelder's name appears on the WW1 Memorial outside Portsmouth Cathedral.
Southern Grammar School Roll of Honour (1939-1945)
IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF ALL OLD BOYS OF THIS SCHOOL WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1939-45
L.C.ADAMS* H.P.BALCHIN A.W.J.BEAGLEY G.H.BEARMAN D.L.BOND S.J.BUCKETT* P.G.BUCKLAND A.J.CALDWELL* (Y).J.CARBERRY P.R.CASSELL D.J.CHASE D.C.W.CHURCHILL* R.L.CLEMENTS R.W.J.COLES* F.E.COULSON E.S.H.CROSS R.J.DAVIS J.C.DUNN D.E.FIRMAN C.FITCH J.D.FITCH H.G.FOREMAN E.A.(A).FULLER R.T.M.GIBB T.E.C.HALLETT N.E.HARVEY R.HARVEY* E.G.HAYWARD W.E.C.HEATH T.C.HEY A.F.HICKEY* E.W.HICKEY* V.T.JUSTICE H.KINLOCH E.A.KIRTON J.D.LEVERS W.E.McCALLUM J.G.MCDONALD I.W.MADDEN W.V.MADGWICK R.K.MAIN H.F.MARTIN R.D.J.MERCER R.J.MINTRAM D.T.W.MORRIS J.H.MULLINS S.NEWNHAM K.D.NEWTON E.A.NORTON C.W.OLIVER L.L.J.PEARCE* F.PEGLER* H.J.PEGLER (S).B.N.PHILLIPS A.W.REFFLES H.W.G.RENNISON* E.V.REX P.L.SADLER R.SATCHELL W.G.SHIER N.SLEEP K.J.SMART H.G.E.SMITH N.D.H.SMITH T.H.SMITH H.SPURGEON* G.E.STOKES* G.J.H.STOKES E.R.S.SUMMERS L.S.THORROWGOOD* J.E.H.TUERSLEY E.F.WALSH* E.G.WARREN* C.D.(D.F.)WHEELER L.J.WILSON A.A.WOOD A.M.WOODS J.E.B.YOST A.W.C.BUTLER* S.W.E.FORD (Korea) E.J.LOVER*
NB: Denis Edwards advises that there is an inadvertent omission from this list in that Denis Churchill (Fleet Air Arm) and Walter Whiting (RN) should also be included.
Some of the names that appear in the History of the School version of this panel (Arthur Hitchins - Portsmouth Southern Grammar School for Boys) only exist there and not on the actual plaque itself. These names are Bell, P., Furman, D. E., May, R. K., Young, E. J. J. The brackets around some initials indicate that these appear in the book and not on the plaque. Furthermore, E J Lover lost his life on HMS Gloucester, off Crete, in 1941
Four of those named on the plaque are buried in Highland Road Cemetery. They are:-
Coles, Ronald Walter James, Leading Airman, HMS Condor, Son of Walter and Elizabeth Coles of Southsea
Norton, Edward Albert, Pilot Officer, 90 Squadron RAF
Oliver, Cyril Ward, 2nd Lieut. 508 Coast Regt., Royal Artillery
Reffles, Albert William, Sergeant, 158 Squadron RAF Volunteer Reserve, son of Albert and Elizabeth Reffles of Southsea
Dedication Programme of the War Memorial Organ 20th November 1956
War Memorial Organ Description and Specification
The new Obituaries pages (September 2011) for those former pupils who gave their lives in the First World War can be viewed by clicking the links at the top of this page.
This page last modified on Sunday, May 28, 2017