In 1919 the Hillhead High School War Memorial Trust was created with the purpose of commemorating those former pupils of the school who lost their lives in the War of 1914-1918. The grounds at Hughenden were purchased with the intention that they would serve not only as a facility for future generations to use as playing fields, but also as a lasting memorial to the 185 former pupils who fell in that war. The pavillion was commemorated in May 1924. A panel listing the names of the fallen was constructed and installed in the pavillion, where it can be seen today.
Following the end of the Second World War a second panel was installed, listing the names of the 84 former pupils of the school who lost their lives in that war. The two panels were rededicated on Wednesday 16th November 2011 following the refurbishment of the pavillion in 2010-11 and the photos below show them in situ a few days after that service of rededication. (Click on either photo to see a larger version of it).
|The 1914-1918 Panel||The 1939-1945 Panel|
As well as these panels, accompanying volumes detailing the biographies of those who lost their lives in both wars were published, the first in 1921 and the second in 1948. These are now available in electronic (PDF) format and can be downloaded using the following links: 1914-1918 Volume and 1939-1945 Volume
Due to the file sizes involved, these are provided here in black and white only. If anyone would like to view colour copies of the volumes and/or the panels in the clubhouse, please contact Bernie Mitchell. Bernie's email address is here.
Please click on this link (pdf) to view a copy of a letter received by the Hillhead War Memorial Trust in January 2013. The letter acknowledges support provided to the McCrae's Battalion Trust, more details of whom can be found at the McCrae's Battalion Trust webpage
They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.