An Old Coathamian – Not Forgotten

William Geoffrey MUSGRAVE

No. 177601 Pilot Officer,
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve;
No. 621 Squadron, Royal Air Force.

Died 6 September 1944, aged 22 years.

Commemorated on the Air Force Panels of the
Alamein Memorial, Egypt, Column 279.

Based at the time at RAF Khormaksar in the British Crown Colony of Aden, No. 621 Squadron was a reconnaissance squadron equipped with Vickers Wellington aircraft. It had a wide range of operation in the Middle East and North Africa. The circumstances of Pilot Officer Musgrave’s death are at present unknown.

The Air Forces Panels of the Alamein Memorial record the names of more than 3,000 British and Commonwealth airmen, Pilot Officer Musgrave among them, who died in the Middle East and certain parts of Africa during the Second World War and who have no known grave.

William Geoffrey Musgrave was the son of George Henry Musgrave and Ruby Leonora Musgrave of Redcar. Born in 1922, he was awarded a North Riding County Council Scholarship to attend Coatham School as a day boy in May 1936. He was then aged fourteen and joined School House, in Form IIIC. Within a term William had won a form prize and the following year he won a form prize again, for Form IVC. In his final year at school, 1937-38, he was promoted to Form VA, and passed his School Certificate examinations in 1938. In December 1944 the school’s list of Old Boys serving in H.M. Forces recorded William as “Missing” and he was first added to the School’s Roll of Honour in December 1945.