Unknown - unveiling article in Newspaper
BURNSIDE PUBLIC SCHOOL.
ROLL OF HONOUR
Notwithstanding the unpropitious weather on Friday, Empire Day celebrations attracted a large gathering of visitors to the Burnside Public School, where there was unveiled a roll of honour to the old scholars who have enlisted. This was performed by Mrs. Chapman, whose son, Lieut. Chapman, gave his life for his country in April, 1916, during the memorable march to the relief of the British in
Kut-el-Amara. The roll contains 49 names, as follows:—
Francis W. Slape, Percy Neville, Frederick Draysey, Stanley Lambden, John Osborne, Merle Deimel, Ronald Roy Shields, Victor Shields, Horace Appelbee, Harold Trowse, William Roberts, Sheldon Booth, Roy W. Moore, Minett Shields, Leslie Ashdown, William Richter, Captain John Cook, Henry C. Gadd, Richard Lindsay Gadd, William itman, Harold Pitman, Kenneth Boyd, Ernest Lines, Thomas George Clark, Alex Churton, Stanley Mead, Richard H. Dawson, Victor G. Wahlheim, Francis W. Osborne, Bertram Moore, Charles Blesing, Stanley Sanders, Harold Tyler, Walter Allan Tyler, Allan Mortimer, Douglas Turner, Fred Mortimer, James Finn, Allan Miller, Ernest Slape, Jonas Richter, James L. Rodger, Bertram Slape, John Johns, Ralph Jones, Collin Collins, William Bruce, and Edgar F. Stodart. Two have made the supreme sacrifice, and several others have been wounded, one of whom, Victor Shields, recently came back to this State, being the first South Australian soldier exchanged by the Germans, after having spent over four months in one of their prisons. Although for some time his sight was thought to be gone, it is pleasing to know that He has partially recovered it. Before the unveiling ceremony took place the children of grades I., II., and III., under the guidance of their teachers, Miss C. M. Hendry and Miss E. A. Moore, showed how the patriotic spirit could be interwoven with their school work, and the results evoked much admiration, from parents and visitors. The elder scholars, under the direction of Miss Nita Turner, rendered suitable songs and recitations. The chairman of the school committee, Mr. Alex Rodger, complimented the children on the taste which they had displayed in decorating the rooms.
Addresses by the Revs. John Warren, C. Frisby Smith, and Andrew Gowans were much appreciated. A collection in aid of the Children's Patriotic Fund realised £1 4/10. After repeating the pledge of loyalty and saluting the flag the children were dismissed, each receiving a bag of sweets, provided by the committee.
In the afternoon a party of 40 of the elder scholars, accompanied by the head teacher. Mr. R. Turner, and the Misses Lily and Nita Turner paid a visit to the Aged Men's Retreat, Beaumont. They received a cordial welcome from the Salvation Army officers in charge, and the inmates were loud in their appreciation of the efforts of the children to brighten their declining years with cheering songs, recitations, and physical exercises. Patriotic pieces formed the principal items, and it was interesting to notice how the old men joined in the choruses. "Rule Britannia" evidently being a great favourite. The distribution of a bag of sweets, thoughtfully provided by the children, for each of the inmates also added to the pleasure of both givers and receivers. Before leaving the party partook of refreshments kindly supplied by the officers of the home.