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Laurie





The House System at Dumfries Academy was re-launched in 2012 and three new Houses created: Barrie, Haining and Laurie.


HOUSE CAPTAINS
S1     Konar Pietsch
          Leah MacNeillie
S2     Calum Begg
          Niamh Lilly
S3     Chloe Duff
         
S4     Keir Skilling
          Harley Kirk
S5     Kennedy Kirk
          Kelsey Garton
S6     James Wilson
          Alexandra McDowall




John Paton Laurie was born in Dumfries on the 25th March 1897 and died aged 83 on the 23rd June 1980. He was educated at Dumfries Academy and would have gone on to a career in architecture had he not volunteered for service in WW1.

After the war, Laurie trained to become an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London and first stepped on stage in 1921 at the age of 24. Between 1922 and 1939, Laurie spent much of his time playing Shakespearian parts including Hamlet, Richard III and Macbeth at the Old Vic or Stratford-upon-Avon. He also starred in film adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays and made a notable appearance in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film The 39 Steps. John Laurie served in the Home Guard in WW2. He made 10 more films after the war.

The role he is most famous for, however, is that of Private James Frazer in the TV series Dad’s Army. He is best known for the line ‘We’re all doomed!’ It had 18 million viewers in the 1970s and is still shown on TV today.

John Laurie represents some of our school’s core values – ambition and responsibility. Laurie had a sense of responsibility to his country and fought in both WW1 and WW2. He was the only cast member in Dad’s Army to have done so. He was also ambitious and followed his dreams of becoming an actor, despite the two World Wars getting in the way! Loved by millions of fans, John Laurie is a good role model and, as a former pupil, reminds us that we too can be successful.


House Points

Barrie

3294

Haining

4736

Laurie

3429