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
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.
Former History teacher and Deputy Headmaster William Pyke, who’s career at Bournemouth School spanned almost three decades (1987-2014), has published a book which is now available to pre-order. It focuses on the stories of school alumni from WWI.
His research has also contributed new names to the School’s Roll of Honour.
All Old Bournemouthians are invited to attend the School’s Remembrance Service.
It shall be held at the School on 9th November at 10:00. Guests are asked to contact the School if they are interested in attending.
A recent Daily Echo article makes reference to former History Master and Deputy Head Master William Pyke, who shall be giving an address in the Assembly. He has recently written a book about alumni involvement in WWI. His research has also contributed new names to the School’s Roll of Honour.
The Association has donated £250 to the School to the cover costs of wreaths and materials for a large poppy display that shall be made by pupils.
As part of the Headmaster’s initiative to increase the number of students admitted into Year 7 for September 2019, the School will require significant capital investment over time to extend, remodel and refurbish its accommodation. The School is applying through the Selective Schools Expansion Fund to secure such an investment. Dr Lewis, the Headmaster, writes:
These plans, if approved, will have a significant impact on the School’s future. We will be increasing the numbers of students joining us in Year 7, improving accessibility for those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and working more closely with other schools.
This is also the first phase of a site development project to remodel, refurbish and extend our existing accommodation. If the bid is successful we hope to build a new block comprising classrooms, toilets and extended dining facilities. Such improvements are long overdue!
An open consultation on the proposals is being held until Monday 9th July 2018. Comments can be made through the Bournemouth School website, by email (email@example.com), by post to Mrs Julie Wheatley (Business Manager) or in person at the open event being held at the School on Thursday 5th July (6.30pm-8.30pm).
A post submitted in a Bournemouth local history Facebook page shows an old prefect badge with bearers’ names inscribed on the reverse. Mike Fuller, the author of the post, is trying to reunite it:
This is a prefect’s badge from Bournemouth School. It is made of sterling silver and is engraved with the names of several ex-pupils on the reverse: N. Trayfort, A. Petty, K. Flintshire (46-47), J. Yeadon (54-55) and R. D. Seall (these are the names I can decipher). It is available to anyone who can convince me they are an ex-wearer or is a close relative.
If anyone can name an English Literature master from the school in the period 1939-1946, please could they get in touch by email, or by commenting on this post? We have had an enquiry from an Old Boy of the era.