An Old Coathamian – Not Forgotten

William Moss EATON

No. 619088 Sergeant, Royal Air Force,
No.106 Squadron.

Died 28 December 1940, aged 19 years.

Commemorated on the Air Forces Runnymede Memorial,
Surrey, Panel 13.

He was a young sergeant in the regular Royal Air Force, serving at the time of his death in No. 106 Squadron, which was equipped with Handley Page Hampden bombers based at RAF Finningley near Doncaster. He was one of the four-man crew of a Hampden, code sign ZN-(?), which took off to lay mines off Brest in France but which was not heard of again. It was lost without trace.

The Runnymede Memorial records the names of over 20,000 British and Commonwealth airmen who died in the Second World War and who have no known grave.

William Moss Eaton was the son of William Moss Eaton and Margaret Eaton of Redcar. He entered Coatham School in September 1935 aged fourteen, joining Storr’s House, in Form IIA. He was initially in the same class as Ackcral, Savage and Ashton (q.v.). He was a fee-paying day boy and, as he is not listed in the school records of 1936-1937, it can be assumed he only stayed one year. At the time of his war service he was married to Nancy Eaton. In April 1940 he was on the first published list of Old Coathamians in H.M. Forces, and his position as Aircraftman Class 2 RAF was noted in July of that year. He was first listed as lost in July 1942 and first recorded on the School’s Roll of Honour in December 1944.