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We will remember them: 2nd Lieutenant R.C. Ross (b 1909-1912)

Today is the anniversary of the death of the first Old Shirburnian known to have been killed during the First World War: Ronald Campbell Ross (b 1909-1912).

Ronald Ross was a 2nd Lieutenant in The Royal Scots and was reported missing, presumed killed, after the battle of Le Cateau on 26 August 1914, aged just 19. […]

Commemoration Day: a tradition in the making

What is Commem?

When was the first Commem?

Has Commem changed much over the years?

To find out more visit: History of Commemoration Day (Commem) (pdf)

Films of Commem Days in the 1930s and 1940s can also be viewed on Sherborne School’s Youtube page

Posted 18 June 2014 by Sherborne School Archives.  Visit […]

A Brazilian Adventure: 1885 Style

In 1885, having just finished his second year studying law at Oxford University, Randle Holme decided to spend his summer vacation exploring the forests of Brazil.

Randle Fynes Wilson Holme (1864-1957) had attended Sherborne School (School House) from May 1878 to July 1883. He was a scholar and in 1882 was Head of School (look for his name […]

Sherborne’s D-Day Casualty

A.T.W. AustinToday, we commemorate the only Old Shirburnian known to have died during the Normandy Airborne landings on D-Day: Ambrose Theodore Wentworth Austin (g 37-41).

Lieutenant Austin of the 12th (Yorkshire) Parachute Battalion was killed in action in Normandy on 6 June 1944 aged just 20.

His obituary […]

What were these School badges awarded for?

John Garrett (a 48-52) has donated to the School archives his father’s collection of School badges, gym belts, caps and boater ribbons.

John’s father, Geoffrey Garrett (a 21-26), was obviously very proud of his collection and kept them in pristine condition mounted in a wooden case.

Here’s what we think they were awarded for, but do you […]

Château Mouton Rothschild 1954, 47/6 a bottle!

Well, that’s what you would have paid if you had dined at the Digby Hotel in the early 1960s.

Jonathan Griffin (m 1963-68) has donated to the School Archives a wine list he was given by Peter Currie during a tour of the then Digby Hotel soon after it was purchased by the School.

Jonathan recalls that […]

Book Launch of ‘Vivat Shirburnia’

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, […]

Talk: Sherborne School and the Great War

Vivat Shirburnia book coverSaturday 8 March 2014, 2.30pm, Roman Catholic Hall, Westbury, Sherborne, Dorset.

Drawing on the rich archive of Sherborne School Patrick Francis will explore the impact of the Great War on the School community.  Over 220 young men were to lay down their lives during […]

Latest Publications Featuring the School Archives

School Archive publicationsRecent publications to use material from the School archives include:

Patrick Francis, Vivat Shirburnia: Sherborne School and the Great War, 1914-1918 .

Ann Clark (ed.), The Sherborne Almshouse Register 1437-1866 (Dorset Record Society, 2013).

Anthony Seldon & David Walsh, Public […]

1938 Everest Expedition Display

A new display in the School library features material relating to the 1938 British Everest expedition. Peter Oliver (g, 1921-1925) was a member of the team and included in the display are the actual ice axe he used on the expedition and his expedition diary.

For further information about Peter Oliver and other Everest climbers visit […]