NEW ZEALAND ROLLS OF HONOUR AND WAR MEMORIALS
FEILDING DISTRICT HIGH SCHOOL, FEILDING, MANAWATU
Thanks to Janet Doyle
from Communities Remember World War One : Memorials of the Manawatu District / compiled by Peter Olsen and Janet Doyle. - Feilding : Janet Doyle, 2014. ISBN9780473283988
available from The Coach House Museum, Feilding
Location: Feilding District High School closed in 1921 with the opening of Feilding Agricultural High School, now known as Feilding High School. The Honours Board was possibly lost in a fire at the Manchester Street School on 5 December 1954.
MANAWATU TIMES, VOLUME XLII, ISSUE 1799, 26 APRIL 1921
ROLL OF HONOUR UNVEILED.
Anzac Day was a very appropriate occasion on which to unveil the exceptionally fine roll of honour board which has been erected in the Feilding District High School, in memory of all those scholars who had fought and died in the great war. There are 259 names inscribed, 37 being marked to indicate those who had made the supreme sacrifice. The design of the board is quite unique and was selected by the Government from a number sent out from England. It is constructed of stained wood and has two fine outstanding pillars on either side. At the top is worked the school insignia, "Virtutis Proemium Honour." Beneath the names is written the psalm "Not unto us O Lord; Not unto us but Unto Thy name give Glory." Mr H. McIntyre, chairman of the school committee, presided over the function, and after briefly addressing the large gathering introduced Hon. Mr Guthrie who performed the unveiling ceremony.
UNVEILING CEREMONY. Hon. Mr Guthrie was received with applause. He was very pleased to be present on this auspicious occasion , an occasion, however, which was honoured with mingled feelings. Our soldiers played a part and made a name which would remain famous for all time. He traced, at considerable length, the doings of the men on the battlefields of Gallipoli, how they had carried out their duty manfully and well, and made history that would live on for evermore. Mr Guthrie, read an Anzac memorial message received by the Government from the King telling us that he knew full well what New Zealand had done for the cause of the Empire. Passing on to the number of ex-pupils that had taken part in the war the speaker said it must be to past teachers, to think that they had had a hand in instilling the sentiment of loyalty into them when but children, and that when the call came it was answered so well. To the boys and girls now attending the school the Board would be one of inspiration: a memorial from which they could learn to mould their lives; to follow on in the same spirit of self-sacrifice: and to make men and women of themselves of whom New Zealand would be proud. To the parents he said that they should not regard the day wholly as one for sorrow but for rejoicing as well because of the fact that all responded to the call so quickly and notably, and that New Zealand was one of the most loyal quarters of the Empire. "I want to impress upon the people that New Zealand is loyal, has been loyal, and will be loyal in the future," he said. (Applause). Hon. Mr Guthrie paid a tribute to the work at home of the women during the war and to the men who, although unable to go to the front, had done so much for the cause in other directions. At the conclusion of his address Mr Guthrie unveiled the Roll of Honour. All stood whilst the children assembled sang Kiplings Recessional "Lest We Forget." The Mayor and Mr H. H. Richardson (a former head master of the school) followed with short, yet impressive, addresses, urging the children to emulate as much as they could the men whose names appeared before them. Following are the names of those who made the Supreme Sacrifice: - [The roll of honour board was the work of Mr Billman, of Feilding.]
THE GREAT WAR
ROLL OF HONOUR
1914 - 1918
FEILDING DISTRICT HIGH SCHOOL
SCHOLARS WHO FOUGHT FOR THEIR KING AND COUNTRY
NOT UNTO US O LORD
NOT UNTO US, BUT UNTO
THY NAME GIVE GLORY
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