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Welcome to the Shrewsbury House Old Boys’ Society (SHOBS) section of the website. 

In 2015 the School celebrated its 150th Anniversary and as a community we engaged in looking at the past, as well as, the future of Shrewsbury House. This significant milestone, presented to us a wonderful opportunity officially to launch our Old Boys’ Society.

It is intended that SHOBS will exist to enable Old Boys to renew friendships and acquaintances from their time here and to re-connect with the School as it is today. The Society will keep you updated with news of past and present Shrewsbury House boys and we intend to run a series of events where past and present boys and their parents can come together.

In the first instance, we are trying to update our records and contact details for Old Boys, as well as gather ideas and suggestions regarding events and gatherings in which Old Boys might like to be involved. We would be delighted to hear your memories of Shrewsbury House and, of course, to hear about what you have been up to, since you left the ‘Old Lady of Ditton Hill.’

Please REGISTER your details here

If you would like to inform us of any news for the SHOBS section of the School’s Annual magazine, please contact Colette Mackintosh. Email -

Kevin Doble


Old Boys News:

Many thanks to SHOB, Ian Purkis for his engaging talk in Headmaster's Club on the subject of Shackleton's expeditions to Antarctica. Ian was joined by fellow SHOBs Anthony Evans, John Payne, Patrick White, John Busby and Philip Champion on his visit to SHS.

David Macnair - Middleweight Boxing Cup July 1924

We were delighted to receive the cup (pictured below) from Mrs Jean Arbuckle, the step daughter of SHOB David Ivor Phorsen Macnair, who passed away in 1989. David Macnair went to school at Shrewsbury House and Epsom College before going on to the RAF College at Cranwell. He trained on sea planes and joined Bomber Command, serving in India and was awarded a C.B.E and American D.F.C. After the Second World War he continued to serve in the RAF as a Group Captain. On retiring from flying he joined Fenner Engineering and lived for a time in Surbiton. The closing years of his life went spent in Devon, with his second wife Joan. Many thanks to Mrs Arbuckle for her kind donation.

The cup was awarded to David in July 1924 for Middleweight Boxing.


Colette Mackintosh

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