The war memorial plaque at The Blandford School comprises three parts:
The Blandford Secondary School memorial for WW1; represented by the left two panels which were originally on the sides of the entrance archway to the building in Damory Street. (below)
The Blandford Grammar School memorial for WW2;Which was originally a marble plaque to the rear of the entrance archway.
These two were moved originally to the new gateway at Blandford Upper School when it opened in 1970, but were almost immediately vandalised and so were moved again to a more secure location on the side of one of the buildings.
The Blandford Upper School memorial for the Falklands War. A second marble tablet was added after the Falklands.
When I began work on this project in 2012, the original bronze plaques were still showing the signs of vandalism, but this was made good when the whole memorial was moved to its new location in 2018.
Not shown on the plaque are the names of former pupils of Milton Abbas Grammar School (which was Blandford’s Grammar School until 1929).
Read about the design and opening of the memorial.
This site is intended to record the life stories of ALL the former masters and pupils of these four Blandford schools. This reflects both the wider catchment area of those schools and that schoolmasters came to live in Blandford from all over Britain. This site is the end result of at least 1500 hours of research across online resources, networking, and archival research since 2012. Comments and contributions are of course very welcome indeed….