Pearn, Peter Ronald Gillespie (1948-1983)
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Details: Peter Ronald Gillespie Pearn (1948-1983), born 3 February 1948 at the Military Hospital, Imtarfa, Malta, son of Major Anthony Warwick Cory Pearn (Old Shirburnian) and Heather Pearn (née Gillespie).
Attended Sherborne School (The Green), September 1961-July 1966; 6th form; House Prefect; Duffers; Geographical Society (Hon. Sec.).
Attended Sandhurst and Exeter University (BA).
Major, 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards.
Killed on 31 October 1983 when his tank overturned whilst leading his squadron in NATO exercise 'External Triangle' at Lenne, West Germany.
Buried at Ottery St Mary, Devon.
Sherborne School: memorial brass in the School Chapel www.flickr.com/photos/sherborneschoolarchives/29183200472...
Old Shirburnian Annual Record, March 1984:
Major P.R.G. Pearn (c 1961-1966). O.S. will be very sad to hear of the fatal accident to Peter Pearn whilst on manoeuvres in Germany in October 1983. Peter was leading a squadron to seize a bridgehead over the River Weser on a NATO exercise. As he approached the Wester, it was necessary to cross a very narrow bridge and sadly it was too narrow and his tank turned over the side. The “Skins” (5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards) attended in strength the service in Ottery St Mary on November 8th, where he was buried with full Military Honours in a most moving ceremony.