An Old Coathamian – Not Forgotten

Cuthbert Earl Douglass

No. 1079608 Leading Aircraftman (Pilot Under Training),
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Died 11 February 1942, aged 18 years.

Buried in Coatham (Christ Church) Churchyard,
Section B, Row 20, Grave 21.

He died as a teenager while training to be a Royal Air Force pilot. The circumstances of his death are at present unknown.

Cuthbert Earl Douglass was the son of William and Edith Annie Douglass of Dormanstown, Redcar. He won a North Riding County Council Scholarship to attend Coatham School, as a day boy, in September 1934. He was then aged eleven and joined Storr’s House, in Form IIA. He was an accomplished sportsman in athletics, rugby and cricket. In his first year he won sprint events at Sports Day, as he continued to do right through to his final year, 1938-39. He played cricket and rugby for his house and the school at 1st team level, for which he received his colours. He was a school monitor in 1938-39, and in July 1939 he passed his School Certificate examinations. During the war years he had a younger brother at the school, also on a County Scholarship. The school magazine of July 1941 reported “Douglass has joined his RAF unit”. He was first recorded on the School’s Roll of Honour in July 1942.