As we commemorate the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War, we look at the impact of the war years on Sherborne School.

From the changes it brought to the day-to-day life of the School, with the building of air raid shelters, the ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign, the Home Guard and the Cadet Corps, the appointment of the School’s first female teachers, the agricultural campaign and the harvest camps, the German pilot who surrendered to two boys out on a cycle ride, the American troops stationed in the town prior to D-Day, the arrival of the Kindertransport children, and the teacher arrested for being a Nazi spy.

We also remember the fateful day on 30 September 1940 when Sherborne was bombed and, although thankfully no boys at the School were hurt, seventeen civilians lost their lives.

We remember those Shirburnians who served their country: the airmen who fought in the Battle of Britain, the youngest POW to take part in the ‘Great Escape’ from Stalag Luft III, the Shirburnian awarded a posthumous VC for his part in holding the bridge at Arnhem, the Bletchley Park codebreaker, and the 242 Shirburnians who lost their lives and are commemorated in the Books of Remembrance and on the walls of the ante-chapel.

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Posted 28 August 2019 by Sherborne School Archives.

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