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The Old Bournemouthians’ Association exists to enable past pupils of Bournemouth School to keep in touch with one another and with the current developments within the school. We currently boast over 440 members.

We offer a way of staying in touch with other Old Boys, including the popular Annual Dinner in September. If you are not a member, why not join?

2019 Dinner Booking Now Available

It’s best to organise a table of your friends/contemporaries together (max. ten / table), so please spread the word amongst those of your year group who you’re still in touch with!

The Dinner will be on 15th November at the Highcliff Marriott Hotel. Please return with payment by 31st October. All details to be found in the form above.

Reminder: September Rugby Fixture

Sunday 8th September, 11:00, on the East Way playing fields.

All are invited to the inauguration of this event, in which two teams of OB’s will play a game of football followed by a game of rugby. There will be a BBQ and soft drinks available, but please feel free to bring along your own refreshments, alcoholic or otherwise!

The purpose of the event is to raise money for new school sports kits and to encourage the growth of the Old Bournemouthians’ Association.

The PE Dept. have already been organising the teams; spread the word so we have good attendance and a great day, with the view to hosting more events like this in the future!

Order Now – Bournemouth Heroes: The Patriots of Bournemouth School 1914-1918

Will Pyke has got in touch with more information about his new book, which is now available to order through Amazon and Waterstones.

Contact: wdpyke@btinternet.com

Purchase: hardback or paperback

About the book: Bournemouth Heroes tells the story of the British Army on the Western Front in Belgium and France, 1914-18. The narrative integrates the experiences of Bournemouthians who took part in these campaigns from the initial battles of August 1914 to the Armistice of 1918 and the occupation of Germany in 1919, and sets out to assess the contribution made by a small and newly-founded boys’ grammar school to the course of the war. As the author reveals, Bournemouth School members were involved in every major battle fought by the British Army on the Western Front. There, they were involved in all of the many developments of the war, including the first use of poison gas, of flamethrowers, and of tanks. These included boys who managed to serve despite being under-age, with some paying the ultimate price for their bravery.

Having established the membership of the school from its foundation in 1901, the author began eighteen years of research using school records; a range of local newspapers from the period; files held at the National Archives, and elsewhere; information offered by contacts made through the school and through on-line forums; and through on-line archives from various Commonwealth countries. He identified 1,125 members of the school to investigate, and 674 members of the school who served, though by no means only on the Western Front. Over one hundred of them were killed, and many more wounded.

The book will be of interest not only to military historians, but also to anyone with an interest in Bournemouth, Bournemouth School, and the families from Hampshire, Wiltshire, and Dorset whose lives were changed so dramatically by participation in the events of the war.

September Rugby Fixture

Save the date! On Sunday 8th September 2019, the Old Bournemouthians’ Association will be hosting a rugby and football event between two teams of Old Boys. There will be a BBQ and marquee set up on the East Way playing fields from 11:00.

We are hoping to establish this as an annual event which shall attract more and more OB’s each year. All are welcome – get in touch with your old school friends and come along to support the event!