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Eastern District Secondary School Book of Remembrance, St Ninian's High School, Douglas

Period: 1931

NGR Easting: 237917

NGR Northing: 477167

Description: The book of remembrance is hand-painted in watercolour by Archibald Knox. The book contains 75 pages which list, in his own script, the names of the old scholars of the Eastern District Secondary School who served in the Great War. Knox painted birds with closed beaks and therefore silent, next to the names of those who lost their life in the conflict. The book is an original and the only one of its kind.

Title page reads as follows:
"Douglas / Secondary / School / The roll of / the names / of the old / boys who / served in / the Navy / the Army / the Airforce / and Mercantile Marine / in the time / of the / Great War / 1914-1919."

478 (approx.) names listed alphabetically;
First World War.

On last page are the words:
"and for / remembrance / of whom this / roll is made."

The roll of honour was installed in Douglas Boy's High School in 1931. It is displayed under glass in a wooden mahogany pedestal, commissioned by the firm of J.D. Kelly, Kirk Michael. The box was made by J. Stanley Keig, who had just completed his apprenticeship with J.D. Kelly. There is gilded carving around the box incorporating the words 'Live To Learn To Live'. The book was bound at the Oxford University Binding House.

Information provided by the Isle of Man Government Preservation of War Memorials Committee.
Image courtesy of Chris Blyth, Isle of Man Photographic Society.

Site & Monument Type: book

Category: Isle of Man National Inventory of War Memorials

Site ID number: IOM_NIWM_DOU_00023_1


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