Photographs of the School Gym Squad dating from 1920 to 1970 are now available online.
Notable former members of the School Gym Squad include Christopher Chataway (1947 & 1948 Gym Squad) who went on to become a record-breaking athlete and set the pace for Roger Bannister’s sub-four minute mile. Another member, John Cordingley (1933 & 1934 Gym Squad), would later command the British Army’s first nuclear missile regiment, but in 1933 he took part in a Gym Squad display in the garden of the Digby. The boys marched out to the band of the 2nd Battalion the Dorset Regiment playing ‘There’s Something about a Solider’ and, under Max Westlake’s watchful eye, performed on the parallel bars, springboard, and horse.
Evidence that being a member of the School Gym Squad was not always a safe option can be seen in the Gym Squad photograph for 1961 in which poor Jon Grayburn has his arm in plaster!
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Posted 17 June 2016 by Sherborne School Archives.