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Foster’s School

Remembering Bertie and Reg

I would like to tell you about two boys who died in World War One They had both attended Foster's School, in Sherborne, and you can see their names on the Roll of Honour board (now at the Gryphon School) These two boys became firm friends and would have had no idea that their carefree schoolboy games and exercises would be followed by such an abrupt end to both their young lives The first boy is Francis Reginald Palmer, or Reg as he was known In 1907 at the age of 13, an age at which many...

Going to School in the War Years

We are reminded that bombs were dropped over a wide area of Sherborne on 30 September 1940 with loss of life and widespread damage John Samuel Jackson of Milborne Port, a pupil at Foster's School remembers what it was like to be in school during the war years: I previously (1937-39) went to Stonegarth School, which was situated at the bottom of The Avenue in Sherborne The Headmistress was Miss Sparkes Having taken the Entrance Exam, I then started at Foster’s School in Hound Street in...

Do you have a carpenter in the family?

Barbara Elsmore describes how learning a new trade enabled her great-grandfather, George Collings, to improve his own life and that of his descendants Many of his carpentry tools are still in the family and some are now on display in the SDFHS Family History Centre in Sherborne In 1862 fourteen year old George Collings signed an apprenticeship form and for the next four years he would learn how to become a carpenter How could he possibly have known how this would change his life from that of...

Member and Guest Blogs Welcome

We welcome guest and member blog posts on any topic with a family history connection and invite you to send your contributions, which should include photo/photos, to the editor Barbara Elsmore