2nd Lieutenant SJH Durnford, Royal Regiment of Artillery, December 1940.

This year’s U.N. International Day of Peace celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  The theme this year is the right to peace.

Boys and staff at Sherborne School have been asked to make an origami Peace Crane which will form an installation in the war memorial ante-chapel around the School’s Books of Remembrance.

John Harden, OSS Secretary, has written an article about Sherborne School’s Second World War poet, S.J.H. Durnford (School House 1934-1938), whose poem, ‘VJ Day, Khanburi’ tells of the day when, as a prisoner of war, news came through of the Japanese surrender in August 1945.

Read John Harden’s article: S.J.H. Durnford, OS War Poet

In the preface to his book of poems, Immortal Diamond (1975), Durnford wrote, ‘Even in the desperate days of wartime captivity, such as in Siam, good men and women, whether Christian, Buddhist, Shintoist, Hindu or whatever faith they possessed, were found to be healing and stilling the conflicts of war not so much by word as by quite example. In the faith that all races will learn a similar humility of spirit, and by banishing old rivalries, pretences and wrongs, begin to remove the need for further conflicts, these few poems are humbly offered.’

Posted 21 September 2018 by Sherborne School Archives.

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