In the July 1916 Watsonian a letter was published from an Arthur Hunter in New York who suggested the creation of a relief fund to aid orphans and dependants of those killed or maimed. This was eventually to lead to the establishment of the Watsonian War Memorial Fund in July 1917.
This would provide a permanent memorial and financial assistance to those in need. By December 1919, the enormous sum of £9,594 had been raised. Designs were then sought for a permanent memorial and it was also decided to publish a Watsonian War Record to commemorate all those who served during the Great War.
By December 1920, 50 dependants were being supported by the new fund and a drawing was produced showing the proposed new permanent memorial which would cost around £3,000. During the Winter Term of 1921 the memorial was erected in front of the main school steps.
On Friday 16 December at 3pm the memorial was unveiled after a solemn ceremony by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Robert Horne.
The picture on the left is of is the memorial which was later moved to Colinton Road. Note the Officer Training Corps, Pipe Band and the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary building in the background.