At this year’s Founder’s and Benefactor service we honoured the memory of two members of our Alumni community, Kenneth Maurice Halgren Solomon (Fr 1908) and Arthur Dight Walker (Fr 1906).
Kenneth Maurice Halgren Solomon (Fr 1908) studied Arts at University, distinguishing himself in Classics and modern languages. On graduating, Solomon went to St John’s College, Oxford, and studied law at the Inner Temple in London. He graduated in 1914 and a brilliant career in law was anticipated had war not intervened. Solomon joined the British army and landed at Gallipoli only to be wounded there on August 22 1915, dying in an English hospital a month later. In May 1957 the Council was informed that Solomon’s mother had left the College a small legacy in his memory. Council gratefully accepted £386 4s 5d, over $8,000 today, to be applied ‘for purposes … as the Trustees [of College] shall think fit’, and the very promising young lawyer of College became the stimulus for assisting a different generation of students four decades after his untimely death.
The second story of benefaction was about Arthur Dight Walker who entered St Andrew’s College in 1906 to study at the Theological Hall. Arthur graduated with flying colours and was ordained a Presbyterian Minister in 1908. Walker chose to serve his Church in Edinburgh and when war broke out he enlisted as a private in the Royal Scots, since no chaplaincy position was available. In May 1915 he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and fought in France. In 1916 he was mortally wounded by a shell when trying to ‘to give encouragement and direction’ in a communication trench. The Council received a letter from Walker’s Father in 1920 enclosing a message from a wealthy widow, Mrs A.M. Cudmore. The Cudmores had admired what they called Arthur’s ‘unswerving devotion to duty’ and his ‘genial companionship and charming personality’. Mrs Cudmore had decided ‘to perpetuate his memory by founding a scholarship to ‘…train men for the Ministry’ and left £1,000 to College, over $60,000 today. With that act of generosity, the Walker Scholarship was founded.
The Solomon and the Walker benefactions are touching examples of this ripple of lasting respect.
Ian Jack – Senior Fellow and Archivist, 14 September 2015
You can read the full stories of Solomon and Walker on our here.