Pearn, Peter Francis Cory (1923-1944)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: Peter Francis Cory Pearn (1923-1944), born 22 January 1923, son of Edward James Jennings Pearn and Betty Rozina Pearn, of 13 Upper High Street, Taunton, Somerset.
Attended Chafyn Grove school, Salisbury.
Attended Sherborne School (The Green) January 1937-December 1940; 6th form.
WW2, Warrant Officer (Pilot), 192 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Killed in action over Berlin on 27 August 1944, aged 21.
Rheinberg Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, 8. E. 18. Inscription on his headstone: ‘ONLY GOOD NIGHT, BELOVED’ www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2032388/pearn,-peter-...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; The Green roll of honour.
Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', July 1945: 'Peter Francis Cory Pearn (c, '37-'40). Peter Francis Cory Pearn, W./O., R.A.F., was reported missing from a raid over South-West Germany at the end of August 1944, and is now presumed killed in action. He came to Sherborne from Chafyn Grove, Salisbury, in January 1937. Though small of stature, he at once showed promise in both rugger and cricket. Before leaving, he had won both his 2nd XV and 2nd XI colours and might well have gone further if he had not left young to join the R.A.F. A determination to succeed was characteristic of him in all he undertook, and it was as much to this trait as to any natural ability that he owed his success in games. He completed his R.A.F. training in Canada and, after his return to his country, was for a long time employed on training duties. Eventually he was posted to a Mosquito Squadron, with which he was serving when he lost his life.'