School History

HISTORY

THE HISTORY OF KING EDWARD VII SCHOOL
JOHANNESBURG HIGH SCHOOL FOR BOYS 1902- 1903 In 1902, the end of the Anglo-Boer War was in sight. Plans were being made to reorganize the educational facilities in the Transvaal. These had virtually ceased to exist on the outbreak of war in October 1899. Now that hostilities had ceased, plans for the provision of education could be put into practice. Lord Milner introcuced a strongly centralised and state controlled system of education. He divided the Transvaal into provinces and districts. Each province was to have a provincial school and these schools were to be the basis of his system. The provincial schools were to be public and modelled on British Public Schools. They were to train top government officials for the Crown Colony of the Transvaal. In all there were six provincial schools. This school, first called Johannesburg High School for Boys, was the second government high school for boys to be established in the Transvaal under the Milner scheme. on 14 April 1902, the school opened in Johannesburg. It consisted of six boys and five members of staff including the Headmaster. The first Headmaster of the school was Captain Edward Lancelot Sanderson M.A (3rd Battalion Prince of Wales Own Yorkshire Regiment), who was educated at Harrow and King’s College, Cambridge. While Captain Sanderson was still in active service, the British High Commissioner and Governor of the Transvaal, Lord Milner, invited him to be the headmaster of the new boys’ high school. The original members of Captain Sanderson’s staff were Major S. H. Boyle B.A Keble College, Oxford, J.A. Wilkinson M.A, Caius College, Cambridge, S Caris Instructor and John Boyd, ex-trooper of the Life Guards was the Commissionaire. Arthur ‘Squeaky’ Howes was the first boy to enrol at the school. The other five original enrolments were Claude Mann, Gordon Leslie, Sid Pegler, Arthur Troye and Toby Louw.
1903 Group photograph at Kerk Street Johannesburg High School for Boys
Kerk Street Building – Government High School for Boys
Johannesburg High School for Boys was situated on the corner of Kerk and Gold Streets in a Cigar Factory building which was originally owned by the Three Castle Cigarette Company. This was used as an office and warehouse. It was large enough for five classrooms. A laboratory was added on afterwards and a small yard was the only playground.Early in 1903, Captain Sanderson was laid low with pneumonia, and while recuperating in England, it was decided that Johannesburg High School for Boys would change its focus. Special attention would be given to preparing boys for the School of Mines and the Technical College now being established in Johannesburg.In Pretoria, the new Director of Education, Fabian Ware, had penned the following confidential memorandum, “The Education Department has for some time past been considering the possibility of acquiring a building for the Johannesburg High School for Boys, which should be worthy of a principal boys’ school in this town, and the opportunity has now arisen of acquiring Barnato Park for the purpose of a first rate secondary school. The memo continues, “While Science will thus be a dominant feature in the curriculum, attention will also be given to the literary side of the education of the boys and arrangements will be made for giving a sound classical education, to those whose parents desire this form of training for them. Pupils will be prepared for the Universities of the United Kingdom and for the University of the Cape of Good Hope.” On the 17 October the following was cabled to the Right Hon. Secretary of State for Colonies:
James Murray Crofts (1903 – 1908) “Appointment requested for candidate outside South Africa of Headmaster of high class Secondary Boys School salary £800 p.a plus quarters (stop) To begin November 2nd (stop) Should have First Class Cambridge Science Tripos (stop) Must be a gentleman(stop) School chiefly day but small Boarding Department under Headmaster usual Three Years Agreement (stop) Letter follows”
On the 6th November the appointment of James Murray Crofts as Headmaster, Boys High School was confirmed from Downing Street and Crofts sailed from Southhampton for South Africa.
Commander I.C. M. Sanderson
“He was a handsome man who conveyed distinction and grace into all he did and his life was remarkable for kindness, humility and charitableness to others, combined with omplete integrity and the highest standards for himself”.
Prefects 1904
Cricket Team 1904
BARNATO HOUSE
The Transvaal Education Department acquired Barnato House to rent. Johannesburg College moved to Barnato House on grounds of 11 acres on 2 February 1904, with 150 pupils. The building was screened from Tudhope Avenue by a dense plantation of pine and blue gum trees. The grounds were fenced by sharp pointed railings, interspersed with large iron gates. In front of the building there was a garden laid out in ornamental fashio n, with a fountain that did not function, sweeping lawns, flower beds and shrubs. The school possessed a rather gloomy zoo, inhabited by a few chickens, Barney the white peacock, a monkey and a female baboon of doubtful temper. Situated close by was a wood and iron stable.
Entrance Hall – Barnato House
Ornamental Lake and boat house
The Masque from Pyramus and Thisbe – Midsummer Night’s Dream performed by the scholars 1904 in the grounds of Barnato House.
On 14 December at the annual prize giving, a full afternoon’s programme was arranged. It included a cricket match, Parents v. Boys, tea in the garden at Barnato Park, dumb-bell exercises by Forms I, II and III and a representation of Pyramus and Thisbe from William Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. In February 1904 the staff numbered 14, and by the end of 1904 the number of boys had increased to 163 (including 18 boarders), who lived in the dormitories in Barnato House. Like other schools, Johannesburg College had varied activities that took place beyond the confines of the classroom. In 1904 the 15th Company, Transvaal Cadets, Johannesburg College was also founded. Captain Crofts was officer commanding. The college company produced a formidable shooting team. Sergt. Major Donald Macleod of the Transvaal Scottish Volunteers was the School’s cadet instructor.
Dance card showing Mrs Crofts and Mrs Boyle’s names from the 1904 Dance.
He also instructed the Johannesburg College Boxing Team. Years later in 1934, the Annual Boxing Tournament held on the ‘ring’ in front of the cricket pavilion necessitated the use of the school gymnasium for preliminary bouts, whilst in 1936, five rings were kept busy on the rugby fields working off preliminaries for the finals held at the Drill Hall adjacent the Union Grounds. The first school dance for seniors was held on 9 December 1904.
The 15th Company Transvaal Cadets Captain Crofts (behind the cup) and Sergt. Major MacLeod (figure in the helmet)
On 1 August 1905 Frank Robinson, a foundation staff member of Johannesburg College organised the School’s 1st Annual Athletics Sports. These took place on 20 September 1905 at the Yeoville Sports Club Ground. The version of cross country running in those days was the paper chase. The course ran around Cook’s Farm, (now the Killarney Shopping Centre) and then back to the College, through the plantations of Forest Town and Parktown. In October 1905 he inaugurated the Inter-High School Athletics Competition.
In 1906, to record the numerous activities of the school, the Johannesburg College Magazine appeared. Volume 1 No. 1. April 1906. The first issue was sold for 1/-[10c]. In the editorial of the first issue of the Johannesburg College Magazine it was stated: “It is in the first place clearly necessary that the history and evolution of our small but complex world should be placed on permanent record for the benefit of ages yet unborn”.
In June 1909 the Johannesburg College crest using the Johannesburg Coat of Arms, with minor additions made its appearance on the cover of the School Magazine.
Heraldic language described it as… “Paly of eight, argent and gules and on a scutcheon of pretence, the Coat of Arms of Johannesburg”. In plain language, a larger shield divided into eight parts of equal width, coloured red and silver alternatively, onto which was superimposed a small shield of green background (the veld) with a gold band running across its centre(the gold reef) between the two gold stamps above and one below (the mining industry). In 1908, Mr James Murray Crofts resigned as Headmaster because his wife’s ill health necessitated his return to England. The following extract was taken from the Rand Daily Mail – after presentation of a beautiful silver dish from the Old Boys presented by Mr A. H. Roy. ‘In returning thanks, Mr Crofts said: “I have been in Johannesburg for five years. It may not sound much, but I think I might say that they have been the five best years of my life. Very few boys present at the College were at the College when I first joined it at the beginning of 1904. Of the staff only one had been there all the time and his is the gentleman whom the Governing Body has chosen as my successor’…In conclusion J. M. Crofts thanked the gathering for their kind wishes and kind presents that had been given to him and Mrs Crofts and said: ‘I take this opportunity of saying good-bye to you all. Good-bye boys’. As Mr Crofts uttered these last words he completely broke down and left the stage in tears. Three ringing cheers were given, followed by the singing of ‘Auld Lang Syne’.” During their stay from 1904-1908 Mrs Crofts had pasted many newspaper cuttings,photographs, programmes of activities and other documents in a scrapbook. Many years later this was presented to the school by H. A. Jack M.P.C a master of Johannesburg College from 1905-1909.
Desmond Davis (1908-1931) James Murray Crofts successor was Mr Desmond Davis, who had been on his staff since 1903. By now the foundations of the new school buildings in Houghton had been laid and the walls were beginning to rise, along with those of the first boarding house, School House. This building was renamed Davis House on the completion of the new School House in 1937. The second boarding house, a mirror image of School House, was only ready for occupation in June 1912.
Hill’s House like the main school building were designed by W.W. Tonkin, Esq P.W.D Architect, Johannesburg.It was during this time that Desmond Davis penned the following letter to the Governor General’s Private Secretary.
1 August 1910
“Dear Sir, My Governing Body are desirous that the name of the late King should be associated with this school, and at their last Meeting it was resolved that steps should be taken to secure the King’s consent to the adopting as a title “The King Edward VII School, Johannesburg”. I shall be much obliged if you will be good enough to inform us what is the proper procedure to followin this matter. Yours faithfully, (Signed) Desmond Davis.
1914 – School House and Mr Hill’s House
Athletics 1914 with the houses in the background – Buxton House on the extreme right
School House 1911 – 1937 Davis House 1937 – 1965
Hill’s House with J. J. Snyman and F. J. Robinson in the garden.
The School Building in the early 1920’s Note the young boys in shorts with felt hats and the bigger boys in trousers and felt hats – the original uniform.
The Preparatory School – January 1911
School House had been occupied six months before the main building. The quarters previously occupied by School House at Barnato Park were now occupied by an overflow of boarders under Mr Charles Hill. They were later to move into Hill’s House on its completion. In September 1916 when Captain Hill was killed in action in France, a Governing Body Resolution was passed. The house over whichMr Hill had presided as house master would henceforth carry the name of Hill’s House. By June 1912, the number of houses was five: Parktown, Town and Yeoville for day boys and School House and Hill’s House for boarders. In 1915, Desmond Davis went on active service. In the Great War (1914-1918) four hundred and seventy four Old Edwardians and seven masters including Desmond Davis, F. J Robinson and C.P. Hill were on active service. Boys left the school prematurely to join up. During the war, George R. McCubbin shot down Germany’s famous air ace, Max Immelman, for which he was awarded the D.S.O. It is said that McCubbin’s operational flying bore convincing comparison even with outstanding feats of that day’s young airmen. McCubbin was carried shoulder high from Park Station by the King Edward VII School Cadets on his return from service. In 1916 McCubbin became a school boy idol for future generations of school boys. During WWII, of the 535 airmen who served in the the S.A.A.F, 85 were killed. 65 Old Edwardians who had served in the R.A.F and S.A.A.F during WWII were decorated. In 1981, airman Captain Arthur Walker – Old Edwardian S.A.A.F helicopter pilot awarded Honoris Crux Gold and Bar for bravery in saving many lives under heavy fire and for performing casualty evacuation under heavy fire during the Border War 1976 – 1996.
The wreck of Immelman’s plane shot down by G. McCubbin during WWI.
Image of Barnato House rendered in ink and watercolour by F.J. Robinson
The gardener ‘King’ with Mrs Crofts’ monkeys 1907/1908.
The signing of theArmistice on 11 November and theAllied Victory was celebrated at in Johannesburg on 6 December 1918, and the Union Jack which later covered the wall at the back of the Hall (from1918 to 1959) was hoisted for the first time. During the war , 66 Old Edwardians and masters had made the supreme sacrifice for King and Country. All of this achieved by a school which was scarcely sixteen years old. After the war following months of discussion it was decided that a competition open to architects all over South Africa should be held in order that the best possible design for a war memorial costing £750 could be secured. Appropriately the winning design was byDLNurcombe, an Old Edwardian. The balance of theWar Memorial Fund was to be devoted to aWar Memorial Scholarship which was first awarded to E. A. van der Merwe in 1922. The war memorial was erected in the quadrangle and was unveiled on the 26 November 1922, by H.R.HPrinceArthur of Connaught, Governor General of the Union of SouthAfrica. This first commemoration set the scene for future services of remembrance which are each year on the Sunday nearest to the 11 November… Armistice Day. In accordance with King George V’s wishes “all sound, all locomotion should cease for the space of two minutes, so that in perfect stillness the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated in reverent remembrance of the glorious dead”. Noweach year, the school Cadet Detachment and Pipe Band play a leading role in this ceremony. The granite monument bearing the names of the fallen and the inscription: “Sons of this place let this of you be said. That you who live are worthy of your dead.” are lines which occur in the poemby Rev.T. F. Royds, suggested to theWar Memorial Committee by John Martin Esq, and therefore after unanimously adopted.
H.R.H Prince Arthur of Connaught inspects the Cadet Detachment – 26 November 1922
The Union Jack in the School Hall Photo 1924
The scene in the quadrangle during the unveiling of the War Memorial
In 1920 the Governor General’s Fund Committee bought ‘Del Norte’, Mr Harold Strange’s house in St Patrick’s Road. The house was renamed Buxton House after the then Governor General of South Africa. This was converted into a boarder hostel to accommodate the sons of those soldiers who had been killed or disabled in the First World War. In 1963 this house was tragically demolished and on the site the new Buxton House opened in 1965.In 1924 the old territorial houses of Parktown, Yeoville, Town and Houghton disappeared and the dayboy houses of Anderson’s, Grimmer’s and Hofmeyr’s Houses were formed. They took their names fromthree serving members of the school governing body. Crofts and Robinson’s, as dayboy houses, were added years later. In the twenties the school also witnessed the erection of the cricket pavilion and the newswimming bath.
Buxton House c. 1924
The original wood and iron cricket pavilion brought from Barnato Park. 1911 – 1923. Later known as ‘Joe’s Shack’.
The new pavilion opened ocially on Sports Day 1923.
Swimming bath opened 1928 by Sir W. Dalrymple. (Sir. W. Dalrymple and H.J. Hofmeyr on the diving platform).
Opening gala – 1928
H.R.H Prince Arthur and Desmond Davis enter the quadrangle
Programme – 26 November 1922 for the unveiling of the War Memorial
In the time that Desmond Davis was Headmaster it was noted that he was not the sort of man with whomone could become familiar, albeit he was frequently referred to as ‘Dezzie’. The Old Edwardian Magazine 1955 states that “He achieved what was thought to be the impossible. He established in a South African government school, traditions and standards usually associated only with great english public schools. He never allowed King Edward’s to become ‘a little bit of Olde England’; its character was to be South African…….” During his time, applications for admission even came fromSouthWest Africa, the Protectorates and the Rhodesias, such was the reputation of the School. It was said of Davis when he left “And now we shall presently say farewell to him whose genius did it all. D.D is leaving us. The School was his child and he lavished his devotion upon it….I have often heard himsay ‘The perfect monarchy is a benevolent despotism.’ King Edward VII School is what it is, for Dezzie was the most benevolent of despots”. [James Whytock -Art Master]. It was Frank Robinson who stepped into Davis’s shoes. Robinson introduced rugby as the chief winter sport. He contacted the Transvaal Rugby Union to set about transforming the ‘B’ ground from a stony dusty slope to an almost level ground. Johannes Louw Esq., President of the Transvaal Football Union said “It is wonderful to think that King Edward’s is at last playing South Africa’s National Game. Rugby does more than any other game in cementing the two (white) races in South Africa, and the lessons learned on the rugby field by its exponents, will gradually build up a great SouthAfrican Nation”. April 1932. Robinson had suffered from fever during the East African Campaign, and after that his health was severely impaired. He fought his illness bravely but finally succumbed and passed away on 28 September 1934. The Reverend L. H. Pearson at his funeral said of him ‘…an English gentleman, a Christian gentleman. The attributes of that character … inborn loyalty, a sincere humility, a sacred depth of tenderness… He loved his work…’ Robinson had nearly 30 years of loyal service. From sketches, water colours, construction of athletics hurdles as well as the introduction of athletics and rugby and the simple school uniform, it is clear his contributions were wide and varied.
F.J. Robinson’s funeral held at the school. 1934
In August 1936 it was Gazetted that Oak Street would be closed to vehicular traffic (the initial application for this was in 1914). George Purcell Prescott succeeded F. J. Robinson as Headmaster. He had joined the staff in 1914. He continued to be housemaster of School House moving to the new School House in 1937. At the time of his promotion he was senior geography master. Prescott, punctilious by nature, was a perfectionist. He took King Edward VII School into theTwentieth Century in matters of organization and record keeping. He was able to help prevent an attempt on the part of an Education Commission in 1940 to abolish governing bodies and preparatory schools attached to high schools. On a tour of inspection he enlightened the Administrator of the Transvaal and members of his committee, that a sumof approximately £20,550 had been spent on newbuildings at the school since 1923, a quarter of this amount had been raised by the parents. G. P. Prescott’s efforts had resulted in the newClub House (Tuck Shop) being built in 1937. He laid the foundations for the scheme that resulted in the SecondWorldWar Memorial. Just before his retirement he instituted the Phillips Cup Competition for House Efficiency in all spheres of school life. It was under G.P. Prescott that the “Teddy Bears Fair” was held on the school grounds. The main object of this fete was novel as fund raising was not uppermost in the minds of its organisers. They aimed at consolidating and strengthening the three-fold alliance of High School, the Preparatory Department and Old Edwardian Society…on the east side of the grounds the Old Boys were in charge of the merry-go-rounds, the ‘Aunt Sally’, the coconut shies and other games of chance or skill…during the day the school bugle band paraded…there were displays of swimming and diving….the shooting range was open and there was a ‘Punch and Judy Show’ …[School Magazine 1935]
F.J. Robinson 1931 – 1934
G.P. Prescott 1934 – 1946
In the Second World War over 2000 Old Edwardians and masters on the staff volunteered for the fighting forces. The Roll of Honour of King Edward VII School for the Second World War had the highest number in the British Commonwealth for a school. After the war a bronze plaque bearing the names of the 178 Old Edwardians who had fallen in the 1939-1945 War was affixed to the 1914-1918 War Memorial in the quadrangle. This was unveiled on 7 November 1948 at the Rememberance Day Parade by Colonel E. F. Thackeray C.M.G, D.S.O. An additional bronze plaque to commemorate Old Edwardians who gave their lives during the Korean War – 1950-1953 and National Service for the Border War of 1976-1993 was added later. In 1943 at the annual Remembrance Day Parade, the pipe band of the 1/Transvaal Scottish played the cadet detachment over to the school and back but it was only in 1950 that a closely guarded secret was made public, after three years of preparation. This secret was a great achievement: the forming of school pipe band. The pipe band now plays a leading role in the annual Remembrance Day Parade.
The first pipe band 1950
Pipe Band marching after Armistice Service 1961
Pipe Band in white tunics 1961

The school as we were and are…

This museum encapsulates the history, traditions and spirit of King Edward VII School and its sons. The original Museum was set up in a ‘Balance Room’ in 1921, situated between rooms 18 and 19. The initial exhibits included anything of interest that old boys and boys at the school saw fit to present for display in the museum.
School Museum c.1924.
Amongst the photographs in the museum, an image was found that typifies the spirit of an athletics meeting in the early 1920’s. Nowadays such spirit and enthusiasm as witnessed at all school activities, is commonly referred to as the ‘red machine’. Terms such as ‘share the spirit’ and ‘my heart is red’ are now commonplace amongst boys, old boys, staff and parents alike. The school war cry externalises the intangible elements of esprit de corps and the school spirit.
Athletics meeting c.1920.
Since 1906 the school’s cadets had attended cadet camps. Cadets received instruction in the full spectrum of activities associated with soldiering. In 1921 the school had entered the annual Efficiency Platoon Competition for the first time. During the Easter holidays of 1924, the preparation for the Efficiency Platoon Competition took the form of one weeks training in a tented camp near Dam III on the property of the Modderfontein Dynamite Factory. It was here that the war cry had its unusual origins. The subject matter was drawn from all aspects of camp life including an African who said it was good to leave your last cigarette until tomorrow and a chameleon that lived in the tent occupied by 2nd Lt. C.E. Jarvis, A.P. MacDonald, Angus Collie, Poole and Cameron. They set about composing a war cry. The first line has since dropped away while the remaining four lines composed in 1924 were tacked onto the existing war cry of two lines. These were the beginning of the war cry that existed before 1924 and originated from the war cry of the 1st SouthAfrican Infantry Brigade in France during the First World War.
Pinedene Camp 1907 The start of the officers’ race, general camp activities and the view from the railway station.
(Worzim [chameleon] Gimgovi Ijokobo Iswazo [three names of black staff attached to the camp]) Itchy Ballagoota Skiet aRammaDoota Swaskinora Sinigenafta Boom [The first two words of this line have transformed with the passage of time to Suskanada Son of Kanovsky] Putting Arse! Putting Arse! Putting Arse Arse! [expressing contempt for Captain Rogers sly trick of mixing castor oil with the daily ration of rice pudding to keep the cadets healthy] Gee Gimalayo, Gee! Gee Gimalayo, Gee! [These two lines from the original war cry from the FirstWorldWar] Teddybears Wha! [Obviously Ted an abbreviation of Edward – King Edward VII School Boys] Who are we? Teddybears! In the ten years the school’s efficiency platoon competed in the Inter School Efficiency Platoon Competition, it won the sheild on seven occasions and came second in the other three.
Modderfontein camp 1924 – where the war cry was composed. General activities including Sergt. Major Chalmers during his morning shave.
Efficiency Shield Platoon Competition winners – 1925. (1) Captain T. Chalmers D.C.M, (2) Captain R. B. Rogers. O.C. Cadets K.E.S, (3) Colonel E. F. Thackeray C.M.G, D.S.O, O.C Witwatersrand Command, (4) 2nd Lt. Angus Collie.

1919 – Teddy’s first appearance

Teddy the mascot of the school athletics team made his first appearance at the Inter-High School Sports of 1919 and at all subsequent athletics meetings until the 1950’s, in addition to Inter-High swimming galas. Teddy retired to his chair in the museum in 1963 after two near death experiences in the late 1950’s. One where he was captured and another where he had his arms severed at the 1950 Inter-High Gala. 2012 -Teddy receives a facelift.Teddy was presented to the school by Elsa Stevens, a lady who lived in St. Patrick’s Road directly opposite the front door of the school. This was her way of appreciating the kindness of the boys in restricting the noise at band practice, on the rifle range and on the sports field as much as possible during her illness. In 1932 the school withdrew from the Inter-High Athletics Sports. Our oldest athletics fixture – with Pretoria Boys High School, was inaugurated on 1April 1933. KES116 3/4 points andPBHS99 1/4 points.
Athletics – 1919 Teddy on the field and as part of the team.

The Old Boys

During the Second World War, great interest was shown in the doings of Old Edwardians. G.P Prescott ensured that every school magazine contained the latest available information about old boys in the fighting forces. The name, rank, regiment and number of every old boy who had joined up was listed.Unaided he dealt with the very extensive correspondence and meticulously recorded all the information received. Without having visible proof of his labours in the form of a leather bound ledger, indexed paper cutting scrapbook and files of letters, one would think it impossible that a headmaster,would have found time to keep track of thousands of Old Edwardians, while guiding the school through the war years. In the tuck shop, Mrs Chalmers pasted every item of news to do with Old Edwardians on a large board so that the boys, still at school could keep themselves informed. A. M ‘Scotch’ Carmichael housemaster of Hill’s House ensured that the photographs of all Hill’s House boys killed in action were hung in the house dining room. It is impossible to record the many exploits of the large number of Old Edwardians who served in the War. they could be found in every South African unit. Others served in British units such as Royal West Kent Regiment, the Black Watch, Seaforth Highlanders and the Royal Engineers. Some were in the Royal Navy, the Rhodesian, Canadian,American andAustralian Forces. The ‘old boys’ are still a vital link in the chain of the school spirit. The projects that they have made possible are many and the extent of these vast. It is the spirit of this generosity which has made this current Library and Museum available for the use of the boys. Major H. P. Ramsay-Copeland quoted in The Transvaal Leader 11 April 1906, stated: “Let the walls of the new school be large enough to hold the names of the boys successful in the classroom or sports ground, to act as an incentive to other boys, coming after them, and also let it be a source of pride for a man in after-years to say ‘I am an old Johanesburg college boy, and I am proud of it’….”
1920 Gymnasium 2012 Library
During the construction of the library in 2012 the names of countless boys, including the Springbok rugby player – B. Habana, were discovered on the bearers supporting the gymnasium floor.The graffiti above written by a boy in 2004 says it all.
This story board establishes the roots of King Edward VII School and does not pretend to be an exhaustive history. Further information regarding sports, cultural activities and other events can be found in the details accompanying items on display, additional story boards and in the musuem archives. We have focused on the founding headmasters, their contributions and the activities contemporaneous with their periods of office. Text kindly supplied by Peter K.A Digby and from his unpublished manuscript “The History of King Edward VII School 1902 – 1967”.