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 Using a wealth of previously unpublished material from the School archives, Patrick also considers the huge impact of the war on everyday life at Sherborne School in Dorset, on the boys who would soon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.

A review of the book is available in the Summer 2014 edition of Conference and Common Room (pp55-56) http://www.johncatt.com/downloads/ccr51_2/

Vivat Shirburnia: Sherborne School and the Great War, 1914-1918 (ISBN 978-0-9575405-4-5), published by Impress of London and Oxford, is now available for £30 (plus post and packing) from Sherborne School, Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3AP, tel. 01935 812 249, or email pfrancis@sherborne.org

Details of the Old Shirburnians who died in the First World War are available on Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/sherborneschoolarchives/sets/72157634373737382/

Posted 20 May 2014 by Sherborne School Archives. Visit Sherborne School Archive News for more stories from the archives.