John Warmington (1942-2019)

John Warmington, MA, Dip Lib, ALA, died suddenly in December 2019.

John was appointed Librarian at Sherborne School in 1985 and held the post for eleven years until 1996.  Previously, John was Deputy Librarian at Westminster College, Oxford, and held qualifications from the Universities of Southampton and Sheffield.

As a boy, John attended Edgarley Hall prep school […]

Hopkinson, David (School Governor 1972-96)

David Hopkinson, financier and railway buff who as head of M&G unit trusts made stock market investment accessible to ordinary savers

David Hopkinson, who has died aged 93, was a champion of small investors as head of the M & G unit trust business – and an activist for causes ranging from the financial well-being of the Church[…]

Wilsey, John Finlay Willasey (g 57)

John Wilsey (g 57)
Sherborne School Governor 1994-2001
Old Shirburnian Society President 1998

Nicknamed “Gregory Peck” for his dark good looks and commanding presence on Colonel John Blashford-Snell’s Blue Nile (Great Abbai) expedition of 1968, John Wilsey encountered more than his fair share of tense moments in a career during which he distinguished himself […]

Uren, John Michael Leal (h 40)

Sir Michael Uren, who has died aged 95, made a fortune in the gritty industrial fields of sea-dredged aggregates and blast-furnace slag recycling – and gave more than £90 million of it to chosen good causes.

Uren was an engineer-entrepreneur whose irrepressible energy and curiosity were directed towards […]

Pope, Maurice Wilden Montague (a 1939-44)

Maurice Pope  died on 1 August 2019 in Normandy, France. Despite a valiant battle against a variety of ailments, he could not escape the wear and tear of his 93 well-lived years. His wife Johanna, daughter and five sons were at his side when he passed away. Three of his sons are old Shirburnians too […]

Kidner, Michael Aldridge (b 1937-42)




Michael Aldridge Kidner was born at Lytham St Anne’s in Lancashire on 26th November 1923. (d. Monday 29th July 2019).  His Father at the time was a serving Sapper Officer India, His Mother, the Daughter of a dentist.   He was […]

Martyn, Philip Vivian (h 1951-56)

Flamboyant gambler and professional backgammon player who established himself as the best in the world during the Seventies.

Phillip Martyn prided himself on being “the world’s first self-professed professional backgammon player”. He even had an agent — Mark McCormack of IMG, who was better known for representing golfers […]

Long, Jonathan Arthur Deverell (d 1961-65)

Jonathan left Sherborne with the Brackenbury scholarship to Balliol College Oxford, reading history.  After graduating, he attended La Sorbonne and St Anthony’s College Oxford and attained D.Phil (Oxon).

His subsequent career was in investment banking in London, Switzerland and Nigeria.  He helped to set up FCMB, the first Nigerian owned investment bank, eventually being appointed Chairman.  […]

Cumberlege, Marcus Crossley (d 56)

My lifelong friend Marcus Cumberlege, who has died aged 80, was a prolific poet. He lived in Bruges, Belgium, for 46 years. Earlier he had had several poetry collections published in the UK. Another 20 collections were to follow in Bruges by the time his Selected Poems (1963-2009) was launched at the city hall in 2010.

Born […]

Ian Gavin Brown (g 60)

Ian Gavin-Brown (Lyon House 1955-60) died on 14 January 2018.  Ian had a longstanding connection with the School, first as a boy and later as a parent.  He acted as chairman and trustee of Sherborne in the Community for many years, providing opportunities for young people who had not had the same fortunate start to […]