Durnford School

Ian and Peter were enrolled at Durnford Preparatory School in Dorset which was overseen by eccentric headmaster, Tom Pellat, who encouraged the boys to nurture their individuality.  However, along with this liberal ethos came spartan conditions and regular beatings.  Ian lamented in a letter to his mother, ‘I am afraid I do not like school very much.  I do not know what form im in im in so many.  I’m afraid I have not made many friends, they are so dirty and unreverent.’


Left: Ian Fleming at the beach as a small boy

Right: The Fleming brothers, Peter (front left), Ian (front right), Michael (back left) Richard (back right)

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