An Old Coathamian – Not Forgotten


No. 1053425 Sergeant, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve;
No. 501 Squadron, Royal Air Force.

Died 6 August 1941, aged 20 years.

Commemorated on the Air Forces Runnymede Memorial,
Surrey, Panel 39.

No. 501 Squadron was a single-seat fighter squadron, and was flying Supermarine Spitfire Mark IIAs out of RAF Kenley to the south of London at the time of Sergeant Beacham’s death. The circumstances of his death are at present unknown. He is one of over 20,000 British and Commonwealth airmen of the Second World War who have no known grave and whose names appear on the Runnymede Memorial.

Alan Beacham was the son of Nicholas and Hilda Beacham of Eston. He joined Coatham School in April 1930, aged nine, joining Pearson’s House in the preparatory class. He was a fee-paying day boy and joined the school at the same time as Combes (q.v.). In July 1931, he won the form prize for Form I, and repeated his success in Form II the following year. By July 1937, the time of his leaving school, he was in Form VA, in Storr’s House, and had passed his School Certificate examination. He was first listed on the School’s Roll of Honour in July 1942.