Waid Academy-Medals

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Reference WMO267282

Address:

Waid Academy

St Andrew's Road

Anstruther

KY10 3SY

Scotland

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Status: On subsequent site(s)
Type: Freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Other
Materials:
  • Metal Metal (any)
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: The medal was a post World War 1 innovation at Waid Academy introduced by the Governors. Previously only the Dux of the School received a gold medal ( later becoming a gold watch ). However it was decided that senior pupils who came first in certain subjects should receive Subject Medals. These were paid for by local benefactors and as the first were presented in 1920, less than two years after the armistice, 3 of the 7 medals were struck in memory of war service i.e the Science medal was donated by Robert Ray "in memory of his brother Philip Oliphant Ray Lieutenant RFC killed in action 13 April 1917". Another was provided by the Rector of Waid Academy "in Honour of the daring and skill of the Fishermen and Seamen of the Waid Coast in Naval Service 1914 -1919". The reverse side of the medal shows the school coat of arms. This is based on a carving above the main entrance to the school carved by a Mr Rhind (Birnie?) of a sailing ship passing between two towers. This was said to be emblematic of the youth who would pass through into the sea of life. The school motto carved beneath is "Multi Pertransibunt Et Augebitur Scienta"- meaning "Many will pass through and learning will be increased."
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Medal 1- Donated by Robert Ray in memory of his brother Philip Oliphant Ray Lieutenant RFC killed in action 13 April 1917 Medal 2-In memory of the glorious men and deeds of the 7th (Territorial) Battalion The Black Watch 1914-1919. Awarded for distinction in History and Geography Medal 3-In Honour of the daring and skill of the Fishermen and Seamen of the Waid Coast in Naval Service 1914 -1919

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