Patrick Francis signs copies of 'Vivat Shirburnia' at the book launch.

Patrick Francis signs copies of Vivat Shirburnia at the book launch.

On 17 May 2014, Patrick Francis launched his new book, Vivat Shirburnia: Sherborne School and the Great War, 1914-1918.

In this fully-illustrated history of Sherborne School and the Great War, Patrick Francis tells the story of the war-time service and sacrifice of many of the more than one thousand Old Shirburnians who participated in the war, over 220 of whom did not return. Using a wealth of previously unpublished material from the School archives, Patrick also considers the huge impact of the war on everyday life at Sherborne School in Dorset, on the boys who would soon be called to serve ‘For King and Country’ and on the Headmaster who lost his faith.  The book is beautifully illustrated with photographs by David Ridgway.

Vivat Shirburnia by Patrick Francis

Copies of Vivat Shirburnia: Sherborne School and the Great War, 1914-1918 (ISBN 978-0-9575405-4-5) are available for purchase from Sherborne School reception, Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3AP, tel. 01935 812249, or email:

See also:
Sherborne School’s Roll of Honour
Online resources for Sherborne School and the First World War

Posted 20 May 2014 by Sherborne School Archives.

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