Pilot Officer Kenneth James Pierpoint
PLAN TO COMMEMORATE THE LIFE OF A FORMER ALTRINCHAM GRAMMAR SCHOOL PUPIL
The Headmaster has received an email from Wing Commander Paul Bell of the 605 (County of Warwick) Sqn RAuxAF, telling us that they are planning to commemorate the life of a former Altrincham Grammar School pupil. Pilot Officer Kenneth James Pierpoint attended the school in the 1930s and when he left, he joined the war effort and trained as a pilot. He was appointed to 605 Sqn RAuxAF during World War 2, but sadly he was killed in a flying accident in August 1942. His name is included both on the war memorial plaque on the wall of the foyer of the Roy Coleman Memorial Hall, and on the wall outside the Head’s study.
His name lives on, emblazoned on the £2.2 million Shannon class lifeboat in Fleetwood, in recognition of the considerable sum bequeathed by his sister Kathleen in his memory.
On August 20, the occasion will be remembered by both 605 Squadron and the volunteer lifeboat crew from Fleetwood. 605 Squadron, led by Wing Commander Paul Bell, will visit the lifeboat station and view the Shannon class lifeboat, named after their former colleague. They will then continue down to Hale Cemetery, where Kenneth James Pierpoint is buried, for a short service.
We would be pleased to see a number of Old Boys in attendance for 14.30 hours on Sunday 20th August. Anyone thinking of representing the School could contact Colin Bamford on 07767 861831.