An Old Coathamian – Not Forgotten


No. 1596731 Sergeant, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Died 13 September 1944, aged 19 years.

Commemorated on the Air Forces Runnymede Memorial,
Surrey, Panel 228.

Still a teenager when he died, Sergeant Crozier has no known grave, which suggests he was lost without trace as a result of either enemy action or an air accident. His is one of over 20,000 names on the Runnymede Memorial of British and Commonwealth airmen lost in the Second World War with no known grave.

Peter Crozier was the son of William Leslie Crozier and Sybil Crozier of Corporation Road, Redcar. He joined Coatham School in January 1939, aged thirteen, and entered School House. He was a fee-paying day boy, and was placed in Form IVC. In 1940-41 he was in Form IVB and won the form prize at the end of the year. He was a cadet lance-corporal in the school’s Junior Training Corps, and he took a part in the school play of 1941. He left in July 1941, having passed his School Certificate examination. Peter’s father, as manager of the National Provincial Bank in Redcar, was “entrusted with the school accounts”. He was killed in an air-raid on the town on 21 October 1941, a raid which claimed the lives of several people associated with the school. Peter’s own death was first recorded on the School’s Roll of Honour in December 1944.