Pavey, Robin (1929-1951)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who have lost their lives in the service of their country, 1919-1939 and 1946 to date.
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Details: Robin Pavey (1929-1951), born 25 June 1929, son of Colonel G.P. Pavey MBE and Mrs Pavey, Greenhill Park, Edinburgh.
Attended The Beacon School, Teignmouth, Devon.
Attended Sherborne School (Abbey House) September 1943-July 1947; 6th form; School Prefect; Head of House; 1st XI (1946, 1947); 1st XV (1946); 1st XI hockey (1947); Gym Squad (1946, 1947 captain); Special Gym (1945); Fives team (1946,1947); PT Instructor with badge; member of Duffers and Alchemists.
Attended RAF Cranwell.
Flying Officer, Royal Air Force.
Killed on 15 September 1951 when two Gloster Meteor F.Mk.8 aircraft from 63 Squadron at RAF Waterbeach collided in mid-air during Battle of Britain celebrations during a formation roll and his parachute failed to open.
Buried at Waterbeach cemetery, Cambridgeshire.
Sherborne School Book of Remembrance.
Old Shirburnian Society Annual Report, September 1952:
PAVEY, ROBIN (b 1943-1947) was accidentally killed while flying in September 1951. To the advantage of good brains and a fine physique he added a strong sense of duty, and his career was notable. He was a member of the Upper VI, School Prefect, Head of his House, Captain of the Gym Squad and gained his School colours for rugger, cricket and hockey. However, in the memory of his many friends it is not this record that stands out so much as the recollection of a very friendly and charming person, always kind and courteous and gifted with the power of maintaining a firm discipline. He won universal respect and was deservedly popular. He went to Cranwell in 1947 where he gained a high reputation for efficiency and he passed out very near the top. He was immensely happy in his work and very proud to be selected a Meteor pilot. He met his death when, after a collision in mid-air, his parachute failed to open. He lived his short life to the full and the sudden ending of such a happy and promising career leaves us the poorer.