Rachel Hassall

/Rachel Hassall

About Rachel Hassall

School Archivist

Squadron Leader Peter Devitt & the bombing of Sherborne

At 4.40pm on Monday 30 September 1940, Sherborne was heavily raided by a force of some 150 German bombers which, having been turned away from Yeovil by fighters, dropped several hundred bombs (about 60 tons) in a straight line from Lenthay to Crackmore.  Seventeen civilians died as a result of the bombing and […]

Battle of Britain Day, 15 September 2017

Between 10 July and 31 October 1940, eight former pupils of Sherborne School lost their lives during what became known as The Battle of Britain:

Aston Maurice Cooper-Key (School House 1932-1933), Pilot Officer, Royal Air Force, died on 24 July 1940, aged 21.


Sherborne’s first unbeaten season, 1906-1907

Sherborne’s 1st XV celebrated their first unbeaten season in 1906-1907, winning 11 matches out of 11, scoring 24 goals and 41 tries. The fixtures that year included three inter-school games against Llandovery College, St Paul’s and Tonbridge.  On 17 November 1906, the team won a 41-5 […]

Back to School with Mr Chips

During the summer holidays in 1968, Hollywood came to Sherborne to film Goodbye, Mr Chips, starring Peter O’Toole, Petula Clark and Sir Michael Redgrave.

Find out more about Goodbye, Mr Chips: Hello, Sherborne!

Visit Sherborne School Archive News for more stories from the archives.

Posted […]

‘The Battle of the Mud’: the Third Battle of Ypres, 31 July-10 November 1917

King, HR‘Summer Hols begin’ wrote the Rev. H.R. King in his diary on Tuesday, 31 July 1917.  The Rev. Henry Robinson King (1855-1935), a master at Sherborne School, kept a daily diary in which he recorded the weather, world events (in red), and […]

Experiences in the RFC by Lieutenant Antony Henry Whitford-Hawkey, November 1917

Experiences in the Royal Flying Corps by Lieutenant Antony Henry Whitford-Hawkey (1899-1918) (The Green, September 1913-20 June 1917).  Published in The Shirburnian, November 1917.

When I left Sherborne to join the R.F.C. last summer term just before Commemoration I little thought what lay before me. I had visions of getting into […]

The story of Firefly, one of the ‘Little Ships of Dunkirk’

Between the 27 May and 4 June 1940, 338,226 British and allied soldiers were evacuated from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk.  Codenamed ‘Operation Dynamo’, the evacuation was the mastermind of Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay.  ‘The Ferryman’, a patriotic poem written by Sir Alan Patrick Herbert, celebrated the achievements of Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay […]


Dunkirk posterThe 21 July 2017 sees the UK release of Christopher Nolan’s film, Dunkirk, starring Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance and Harry Styles.

Watch the Warner Bros. official trailer on youtube.

Between the 27 May and 4 June 1940, 338,226 British and […]

Centenary of the publication of The Loom of Youth

Loom of Youth coversOn 19 July 1917, the London publishing firm Grant Richards published Alec Waugh’s first novel, The Loom of Youth.  The novel, which went on to become a best-seller, caused a great controversy at Sherborne School, with the result that Alec and his father resigned from […]

Laying the Corner Stone of School House

On 26 June 1860, the cornerstone of School House was laid by Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury.

The ceremonial silver trowel used on this occasion by the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury was later used by the 9th Earl of Shaftesbury at the laying of the cornerstone of the Carrington […]