Egerton Primary School was named after 30 year old Lt. Frederick Greyville Egerton who was a naval gunnery officer on the H M S Powerful. The naval guns were removed from the battleship and transported to Ladysmith just before the Siege. On 2 November 1899 an enemy shell fell close to Lt. Egerton, mortally wounding him. Making light of his agony as he was lifted onto a stretcher he said, “This will spoil my cricket I’m afraid”. He died the following day.
Egerton Primary School was established nearly twenty-one years later on 2 August 1921 with six teachers and 181 pupils on the roll. Egerton Primary School was initially an English medium school, with “Dutch” lessons being taught for an hour each day. It was only in 1935 that provision was made for Afrikaans speaking pupils.