Pick, David Bryan Pickering (1921-1940)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: David Bryan Pickering Pick (1921-1940), born 2 March 1921, son of Surgeon Rear-Admiral Bryan Pickering Pick, CBE, KHS, (Old Shirburnian) and Annie Muriel Pick of East Cowes, Isle of Wight.
Attended Arden House School, Henley-in-Arden.
Attended Sherborne School (Lyon House) September 1934-July 1938.
Special Entry, Royal Navy.
WW2, Paymaster Midshipman, HMS Norfolk, Royal Navy. Killed in action on HMS Norfolk at Scapa Flow on 16 March 1940, aged 19.
Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery, Orkney, Plot P. Row 2. Grave 11 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2460645/pick,-david-b...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Lyon House War Memorial; memorial pew in the School chapel (underneath the organ loft).
Obituary in 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'David Bryan Pickering Pick was killed by a bomb at Scapa Flow in 1940. A gay and gallant spirit was his and few boys have been given so keen a sense of humour. He found much that was happy in his short life and underneath was a stern resolve that showed itself in the few but testing months of his service afloat. Independent in spirit and with a sense of humour which was never misplaced, he won for himself quite naturally and without effort a very definite place among his contemporaries.'
His housemaster, A.H. Trelawny-Ross, wrote in the Lyon House letter (July 1940): 'David Bryan Pickering Pick, Paymaster Midshipman R.N., was killed by a bomb at Scapa Flow on March 16th. He came to Sherborne in 1931. A gay and gallant spirit was his and few boys have been given so keen a sense of humour. He found much that was happy in his short life and underneath was a stern resolve that showed itself in the few but testing months of his service afloat. He was the first of our Old Boys to give his life in this war, and we gave his name at once to our one remaining unnamed Dormitory. We did so in the knowledge that we could pay no higher tribute. Few words are best when words are inadequate. These friends of ours have died in the noblest of causes, great-hearted, generous and gallant. In proud remembrance and with sterner purpose we go about our tasks.'