An Old Coathamian – Not Forgotten


No. 1203032 Leading Aircraftman
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Died 17 March 1944, aged 36 years.

Buried in Darlington West Cemetery,
Section T.4W, Grave 325.

The unit to which he belonged, and the circumstances of his death, are at present unknown.

John William Bainbridge was born on 19 February 1908. His parents were John William Bainbridge and Janet Margaret Bainbridge, and the family lived in Coatham. His father was a brick manufacturer and building contractor. John had a younger brother at the school, Frederick Lawrence, and two older sisters, Dorothy and Margery. John entered Coatham Grammar School in September 1920, aged twelve, joining Pearson’s House in Form IIIB. He had previously attended Redcar Zetland School and came to Coatham School as a day boy with a Sir William Turner Scholarship. He left school in July 1924, having in that year played cricket for his house, for which he received his colours. The school magazine of 1925 also notes John as “bringing a banjo and lotos flute to the school orchestra”. His occupation on leaving school is currently not known. The school magazine of June 1944 noted him as “killed in recent air operations” and he is first listed on the School’s Roll of Honour in December 1944. He left a widow, Rita Lilian Bainbridge, who lived at 47, Nut Lane, Middlesbrough, at the time of his death.