| ||Roll of Honour||
KES ROLL OF HONOUR FOR THE SERVICE OR REMEMBRANCE.pdf
During the Second World War, over two thousand Old Edwardians and masters were in the fighting forces:
178 made the supreme sacrifice. The list of over 100 decorations included: CBE -- 2; OBE -- 10; MBE -- 14; DSO
9; DSC -- 2; MC -- 17; DFC -- 37 (and 4 bars); AFC -- 3; DCM -- 1; George Medal -- 1; DSM -- 1; MM -- 4; DFM -- 3;
Bronze Star (U.S.A.) -- 2; DFC (U.S.A.) -- 1; French Croix de Guerre -- 1.
These achievements of the School were honoured by a special broadcast by the B.B.C.
when it was said that the Roll of Honour of King Edward VII School, for the Second World War,
was the highest in the Commonwealth for one school.
RECORD OF KING EDWARD VII SCHOOL
| ||History of Delville Wood||
2016 marks the 100th anniversary of The Battle of Delville Wood
and as such the Wood witnessed the unveiling of a new memorial
at the Delville Wood In France, which now commemorates the SA
Native Labour Corp Volunteers.
In the Battle of Delville Wood – the 1st South African Brigade assisted
in the capture and holding the wood which was under German attack.
The losses in this battle were in the 360 000 region combining both the
allied forces and German losses. The South African Brigade lost 766 men.
The losses in the war overall obviously different.
After the war Sir Percy Fitzpatrick bought the wood and presented it to
the South African government.
There are three memorials in the wood now.
One commissioned in 1921, one in 1986 and one in 2016.
The 2016 memorial is a wall which has the names of all the men
who served in the war.
Out of the 229 000 South African volunteers who fought in the Great War,
1100 of these were Black, Indian and Coloured troops from the SA Native Labour Corps.
These men were also volunteers and were used as stretcher bearers and trench diggers.
They were not allowed to carry arms, yet spent as much time on the battle field dodging bullets etc.
The 2016 memorial wall which acknowledges the role of South Africans of all colours who fought in
The Great War and proves that we have a shared history.
King Edward school boys that fought and died in this battle were: (7)
E. G. Coombe
C. P Geraghty
G. B. L Hirtzel
G. D. Mosses
J. A. Parker-Quine
W. R .C. Pearson
N. R. Sturgeon
King Edward boys who were wounded: (8)
R C Kernick
G P Leslie
L D Raymond
G E Sturgeon
Prisoner of War: (1)
C W K Tucker
We will remember them.
More History & Images of Delville Wood:
KES Memorial parade Delville Wood history part 1.pdf
KES Memorial parade Delville Wood history part 2.pdf
KES Memorial parade Delville Wood history part 3.pdf