In Grateful memory of all old boys of this school who gave their lives in the Great War:
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. They are:-
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.
In grateful memory of all old boys who gave their lives in the Second World War (1939-1945)
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.