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Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery of Alamein

Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, KG, GCB, DSO, PC, DL, known affectionately as Monty, was born on 17 November 1887.  Educated at St. Paul’s School and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, he served with distinction in both the First and Second World Wars and, from 1946 to 1948, […]

Remember, Remember the Fifth of November

A schoolboy’s account (pre-health and safety!) of the 5th November at Sherborne School in 1858:

‘In those old days, the 5th of November with us used to constitute a pleasant object to look forward to in the middle of the half.  At least I think […]

Varsity Match Icon: Cecil Douglas Baker (1870-1917)

Two of the fifty-five Blues who died in conflict in 1917 have been chosen as ‘Varsity Match Icons’ for the 2017 Varsity Match fixture: John Argentine Campbell who attended Fettes College and Trinity College, Cambridge, and Old Shirburnian, Cecil Douglas Baker:

‘Nor love thy life nor hate; but what […]

140th anniversary of the digging of the BSR foundations

In November 1877, the foundations were dug for the Big School Room (BSR): allegedly half as deep as the building is high.  This new assembly hall was the vision of Headmaster H.D. Harper.

Find out more about the building […]

The ‘cabbage’ and the ‘Wessex Dragon’

In 1903, the 1st XV badge, known irreverently as the ‘cabbage’, was replaced with the ‘Wessex Dragon’ badge.  The ‘cabbage’ badge had been introduced for the 1st XV in 1874, along with the plain blue jersey.  Prior to this, the 1st XV had worn a jersey with magenta, black and white stripes and a cap […]

Anthony Berkeley Cox (aka Francis Iles)

Anthony Berkeley Cox (1893-1971) is today recognised as a key figure in the development of crime fiction.  However, because he wrote under several pen-names, his connection with Sherborne School has not always been apparent.

To find out about the author of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1941 film, Suspicion, read The Mysterious Case […]

Celebrating Shirburnians: the Powys family

Three generations of the Powys family attended Sherborne School.  Not only were John Cowper Powys and his brothers Littleton Charles Powys, Albert Reginald Powys, Llewelyn Powys and William Ernest Powys pupils at the School, but also their uncle, Littleton Albert Powys, and John Cowper Powys’ son, Littleton Alfred Powys.

Find out about […]

Alan Turing and the ‘Nature of Spirit’

When Alan Turing’s school friend Christopher Morcom died in February 1930, aged just 18, Alan wrote to his mother saying, ‘I feel sure that I shall meet Morcom again somewhere & that there will be some work for us to do together, as I believed there was for us to do here.’


A Shirburnian’s eye view of the Pack Monday Fair

‘You must run, you must go, if you’re fond of fun and foolery,
All the world and cousins are sure to be there,
Never stop, quickly-hop, a pin for prudish schoolery,
Such a centre of attraction is “Pack-Monday” Fair.’

Sherborne’s Pack Monday Fair takes place on 16 October 2017, […]

The Bain of their lives

John Bain holds the distinction of being the only Shirburnian to have played international football (soccer) for England.  Find out more about The Bain of Their Lives

See also:

Shirburnians who have represented their country in sport

History of Sherborne School’s Playing Fields & […]