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In Memory of the Unreturning Brave

Otago Boys’ High School celebrated its Diamond Jubilee in August 1923 – the 75th anniversary was a huge celebration over several days. Activities included rugby matches, a parade, a ball and, most importantly, the dedication of the memorial gates commemorating ex-pupils who fought and died in World War One.

The Otago Daily Times reported that the “school gave freely of her best sons in that great conflict, and of these nearly 200 are numbered with ‘the unreturning brave’. It was fitting, therefore, that first of all the functions at this Diamond Jubilee should be the dedication of the beautiful memorial archway, which records in letters of brass the glorious roll call of those who thus gave their all”.

Watch as the Mayor, Mr HL Tapley and officials lead a parade of guests through the archway and into the college grounds, cadets then form a guard of honour and the flag blows patriotically! A parade of cadets march into the school.

Year:1923

LocationDunedin, New Zealand

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In Memory of the Unreturning Brave

Otago Boys’ High School celebrated its Diamond Jubilee in August 1923 – the 75th anniversary was a huge celebration over several days. Activities included rugby matches, a parade, a ball and, most importantly, the dedication of the memorial gates commemorating ex-pupils who fought and died in World War One.

The Otago Daily Times reported that the “school gave freely of her best sons in that great conflict, and of these nearly 200 are numbered with ‘the unreturning brave’. It was fitting, therefore, that first of all the functions at this Diamond Jubilee should be the dedication of the beautiful memorial archway, which records in letters of brass the glorious roll call of those who thus gave their all”.

Watch as the Mayor, Mr HL Tapley and officials lead a parade of guests through the archway and into the college grounds, cadets then form a guard of honour and the flag blows patriotically! A parade of cadets march into the school.


Year: 1923

Credits: Camera: Henry Gore

Source: Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

Catalogue Reference: F28577 Otago Boys High School Diamond Jubilee


People: Mr HL Tapley, Mayor of Dunedin

Location: Dunedin, New Zealand

Tags: WWI Memorials, Parades, Otago Boys’ High School, cadets, 1923, World War One, Memorials, cadets, Diamond Jubilee, Otago Daily Times, HL Tapley, Mayor of Dunedin, Ōtepoti

Subject: WWI, Memorials, Parades, Otago Boys’ High School, cadets, Diamond Jubilee