Remember me - echoes from the lost generations
First and Second World War

A School in South Africa

Glenwood High School is in Durban, South Africa. It was founded in 1910 and had just twenty-four pupils to begin with.

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In 1914, there were still only about 120 boys at the school. At the end of the First World War, no fewer than twenty-five ex-pupils had lost their lives fighting for their nation, as part of the Commonwealth forces. This represented a tragic and very noticeable loss in a small community of young men.

In the Second World War, a further 120 names were added to the Roll of Honour commemorating the dead. The school, by then had about 490 pupils. In December 1945, this eulogy was added to the Roll of Honour.

‘The war has come very close to this school, as indeed, it has come to almost every part of the world. The tragedy is apparent to us when we look at the long list of those Old Boys of Glenwood who gave their lives for the cause which finally triumphed after 6 dark years. When we think of those names in terms of the people they represent, that each name means a gap in the life of a home, the loss of a father or a son – it is then we realize that the tragedy of war is not represented by a picture of a bomb-shattered building. A home to which a son or husband has not returned from battle is a true picture of war’s tragedy. If the full significance of the sacrifices in human life were to impress itself upon all men and women, and especially upon the leaders of the nations, perhaps we could look forward to a world of peace.

There is a very real link between this school and every name on the Roll of Honour. All of them were boys here. They played cricket and rugby, swotted for examinations and cheered at swimming galas.

We honour the memory of all these gallant men.'

The Fate of the 1st Fifteen

The photograph below shows the Glenwood High 1st XV rugby team for 1935. At least 15 of the boys here are known to have volunteered for service, over a third of whom died in the Second World War.

Rollover each player to learn more about his story. (If only the name appears, this player was lucky enough to survive active service).

See link below for downloadable PDF version


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Using Statistics

Use an Excel spreadsheet to make a graph.

If you’re not sure how to produce the graphs click here for a Step-By-Step Guide.

Click here for the Glenwood High School Roll of Honour for:

First World War; Second World War.

Using the Glenwood High School Rolls of Honour:


Produce a graph for the First World War, using the step-by-step guide if necessary, to show
a) the actual ages of those who died and b) the average age. Do exactly the same for the Second World War. Compare the two graphs and consider these questions:

  • In the First World War Roll of Honour Harold Blanksby was a teacher at the school. What happens to the average age of those who died if you take out his age?
  • What do you notice about the average ages for the two wars? Can you explain it?

Produce a graph showing in which services the men enlisted in the First World War. Show only Army, Navy and Air Force – don’t try to plot each battalion. Repeat the process for the Second World War. Compare the two graphs and consider these questions:

  • What do the statistics show you about the changing nature of warfare in the First and Second World Wars?
  • Why are there so many more men serving in the Air Force in the Second World War?

From Glenwood High School 457 Old Boys served in the Second World War. Of these, 109 (24%) were in the SAAF or RAF.

On the Roll of Honour there are 120 names of those who died and 56 of these (47%) served in the SAAF or RAF. What does this tell you?

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