An Old Coathamian – Not Forgotten

Horace Garth FEATONBY

No. 128984 Flight Lieutenant (Pilot),
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Died 4 April 1945, aged 32 years.

Buried in Redcar Cemetery,
Plot P, Row 10, Grave 36.

The unit to which he belonged, and the circumstances of his death, are at present unknown. On his gravestone it says,“In proud and loving memory: killed whilst flying on active service”.

Horace Garth Featonby was the son of Horace and Edith Featonby. His father was a draughtsman in the steel industry and his parents were living in Middlesbrough when he was born on 30 November 1912. A second son, Eugene Reginald, was born in 1913. Horace joined Coatham Grammar School in January 1921, aged eight, in the preparatory class. He was a fee-paying day boy and joined Miln’s House. Horace remained in the school until July 1930, during which time he was a successful sportsman. He gained his house colours for both running and cricket, also playing the latter for the school. In the season 1929-1930 he played alongside Hebditch and Theaker (q.v.) in the school 1st XV rugby team. He was also a school monitor in his final year. Passing his school certificate in 1928, he had entered the science sixth form. His occupation on leaving school is not known. In 1937 he married Muriel Florence Boulger in Brentford. Their home was in Dukes Avenue, Chiswick, London, at the time of his death. His parents were living in St. Margaret’s Grove, Redcar, at that time. He was first recorded on the School’s Roll of Honour in December 1945.