An Old Coathamian – Not Forgotten

John Vinton PEARSON

No. 1025083 Warrant Officer, Royal Air Force
Volunteer Reserve; No. 127 Squadron, Royal Air Force.

Died 30 May 1944, aged 22 years.

Commemorated on the Air Forces Runnymede Memorial,
Surrey, Panel 214.

No. 127 Squadron was a fighter squadron flying Supermarine Spitfires. The squadron had returned from long-term operations in the eastern Mediterranean and re-assembled at RAF North Weald in Essex only a matter of weeks before Warrant Officer Pearson died. How he met his death is at present unknown.

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

John Vinton Pearson was the son of Vincent Brougham Pearson and Emily Maud Pearson of Marske-by-the-Sea. He entered Coatham School in April 1934, aged eleven, joining Ingham’s House in Form IIC as a fee-paying day boy. The following year, 1934-35, he was promoted to Form IIIB, where he won the form prize. In July 1936 he passed his School Certificate examinations, and then progressed to the sixth form, where he completed his Higher School Certificate in 1939. In 1938-39 he was a school prefect and captain of Ingham’s House. On the sports field he was school athletics captain in his final year and he played cricket and rugby for both his house and the school. He was appointed corporal in the school’s Officer Training Corps and the school magazine OTC Notes of July 1942 reported “J.V. Pearson is now a pilot in the RAF”. He was first listed on the School’s Roll of Honour in June 1945.