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Upper Junction

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Upper Junction

 

 

 

 

LOCATED ON THE SITE OF THE FORMER UPPER JUNCTION SCHOOL

GPS location: S 45° 49.890 E 170° 33.880

The only school records to have survive cover 1929-1946. These are held in two volumes in the Hocken Library and there is no restriction on their usage. There is also annual examination class lists for the school held at the Hocken Library.

The Hocken Library also holds a folder of photographs and other material relating to the two reunions for the Mount Cargill and Upper Junction Schools held in 1933 and in 1985.

In, what was the playground of the school, seventeen native beech trees were planted to remember ex-pupils of the school who died in the Great War (1914 – 1918). A plaque was placed at the bottom of each tree with the name of the soldier.

Although the area is now somewhat overgrown all of the seventeen plaques have survived.

From the site there is a great view of Dunedin looking down towards North East Valley. To access the site you need to park across the road so be careful crossing the road as cars come around the corner quickly and don’t expect pedestrians.

The original “Roll of Honour” board from the school was destroyed in 1945. However the late Mr W. Winter, a former pupil at the school, had a photograph of the board and transcribed it in 1991.

The board read as follows:

On fames eternal camping ground,

Their silent tents are spread,

And glory guards with solemn round,

The bivouac of the dead.

1914 THE GREAT WAR 1918

AITCHESON, A. HERRING, W., AITCHESON, W. HOULAHAN, J., ANDERSON, J. HILEY, A., ANDERSON, W. B. IRELAND, L., BARNETT, M. JEFFREY, C., BLAIR, D. JEFFREY, T., BRENNAN, F. LAMONT, S., BROWN, R. LEES, F., CHAPMAN, G. LEWIS, T., CLEAVE, G. McGREGOR, A.

CLEAVE, J. McGREGOR, J. M.

COLLINS, D. MORTON, W.

COLLINS, T. PAISLEY, A. B.

DUNN, T. SAINSBURY, E.

FITZPATRICK, E. SAINSBURY, W.

FITZPATRICK, T. SPARROW, R.

GARRY, A. SUDDEN, F.

GREEN, A. WINTER, C.

GREEN, H. WINTER, D.

HALL, C. WINTER, H. L.

HARVEY, C.

DIED ON SERVICE

AITCHISON, W.

BARNETT, C.

BRENNAN, A.

BRENNAN J.

BRENNAN, R.

BRENNAN, W.

COLLINS, J.

DONALD A.

HARVEY, B.

LAMONT, A.

PAISLEY , A.

PAISLEY A. K.

PAISLEY , H.

SAINSBURY, E.

SHAW, G.

WILLIAMS, J.

WINTER, W.

So what can we find out about the seventeen ex Upper Junction school boys who gave their live in the 1914-18 war?

Using the Internet site <www.cwgc.org> and the NZSG CD “New Zealand World War 1 Service Personnel and Reserves Index” available in our branch library, I have been able to positively identify 12 of the 17 men listed.
EX UPPER JUNCTION SCHOOL BOYS WHO ARE REMEMBERED ON PLAQUES ON THE FORMER SITE OF THE UPPER JUNCTION SCHOOL.

1. AITCHISON, WILLIAM ALEXANDER

Private 69046 Died 23.10.1918 Age unknown

Otago Regiment, N.Z.E.F.

Buried – Romeries Cummunal Cemetery, France

Son of Mrs. T. Aitchison, of North East Valley, Dunedin

2. BARNETT, C.

No further information available

3. BRENNAN, ADOLPHUS MICHAEL

Private 8/1941 Died 23.03.1915 Age 19

New Zealand Training Unit

Buried – Karori Cemetery, Wellington

Son of Mrs. J. Brennan, of 59 Melbourne Street, Dunedin (sic).

4. BRENNAN, JOHN

Gunner 11/859 Died 11.10.1917 Age unknown

New Zealand Field Artillery

Buried – Divisional Cemetery, Belgium

Son of Francis and Jane Brennan, of Upper Junction, Dunedin

5. BRENNAN, RICHARD MORTIMER

L/Corporal 58832 Died 08.10.1918 Age 21

Otago Regiment, N.Z.E.F.

Buried – Marcoing British Cemetery, France

Son of Jane Brennan, of 49 Macandrew Road, South Dunedin, and the late Francis Brennan.

6. BRENNAN, WILLIAM

Private 8/1707 Died 29.06.1916 Age 21

Otago Regiment, N.Z.E.F.

Buried – Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, France

Son of Francis and Jane Brennan, of Upper Junction, Dunedin.

7. COLLINS, JOSEPH DANIEL

Trooper 9/1806 Died 14.11.1917 Age unknown

Wellington Mounted Rifles, N.Z.E.F.

Buried – Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel

Brother of P. Collins of North East Valley, Dunedin.

8. DONALD, ANDREW ALEXANDER

Private 8/656 Died 23.10.1918 Age 25

Otago Regiment, N.Z.E.F.

Buried – Romeries Communal Cemetery Extension, France

Son of David and Elizabeth Donald, of 32 Norwood Street, North East Valley, Dunedin.

9. HARVEY, BRUCE

Private 8/1497 Died 07.08.1915 Age unknown

Otago Regiment, N.Z.E.F.

Buried – Chunuk Bair (New Zealand) Memorial, Turkey

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Harvey, of Upper Junction, Sawyer’s Bay, Dunedin.

10. LAMONT, A.

May have been Carl William McAllan Lamont.

11. PAISLEY, ALEXANDER

Sergeant 8/689 Died 08.05.1915 Age 22

Otago Regiment, N.Z.E.F.

Buried – Twelve Tree Copse (New Zealand) Memorial, Turkey

Son of John and Agnes Paisley, of Upper Junction, North East Valley, Dunedin.

12. PAISLEY, ANDREW KEIR

L/ Corporal 8/2693 Died 12.10.1917 Age 26

Otago Regiment, N.Z.E.F.

Buried – Poelcapelle British Cemetery, Belgium

Son of John and Agnes Paisley, of Upper Junction, North East Valley, Dunedin.

13. PAISLEY, HAROLD WILLIAM

Private 58920 Died 22.02.1919 Age 22

Otago Regiment, N.Z.E.F.

Buried – Glasgow Western Necropolis, Glasgow, Scotland – (Glasgow was one of the ports of embarkation for the British Expeditionary Force in 1914 and several military hospitals opened in the city during the First World War).

Son of John and Agnes Paisley, of Upper Junction, North East Valley, Dunedin.

14. SAINSBURY, EDWARD

Private 11345 Died 04.01.1918 Age unknown

Otago Regiment, N.Z.E.F.

Buried – Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Egbert Sainsbury, of Queenstown. Served in Egypt and on the Western Front, 1916.

15. SHAW, G.

Believed to have been George Shaw. There are several George Shaw’s who died in the First World War so have been unable to identify him.

16. WILLIAMS, J.

Believed to have been James Andrew Brown Williams.

17. WINTER, W.

Believed to be William Winter.
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