|Pilot Officer Peter Hilary Pomeroy SIMONDS|
207 (Bomber) Squadron, Royal Air Force
Date of birth: 8th January 1910
Date of death: 25th August 1934
Killed on active service aged 24
|Peter Hilary Pomeroy Simonds was born in Berkshire on the 8th of January 1910 the youngest son of Gerald Pomeroy Simonds, a partner of Barclays Bank in Reading, and Marianne (nee Cornish) Simonds of West Wood Farm, Finchampstead.
He was educated at Lancing College where he was in Seconds House from September 1923 to July 1928. He was a member of the Football XI in 1926 and 1927 and of the Rugby XV in 1928. He was Drum Major of the Officer Training Corps and achieved Certificate A in 1927. He was a House Captain, a Prefect and was appointed as Head of House in 1927.
On leaving school he became a preparatory schoolmaster at Gerard's Cross.
He was granted a short service commission as an Acting Pilot Officer in the Royal Air Force on the 5th of September 1932 and was confirmed in his rank on the 2nd of September 1933. On the 28th of August 1933 he was posted to 207 (Bomber) Squadron, based at Bircham Newton, King's Lynn in Norfolk serving there until his death.
On the 25th of August 1934 Peter Simonds took off in Miles M2 Hawk G-ACKI for a pleasure fight with George Joseph Armstrong-Evans, the owner and pilot of the aircraft. The aircraft crashed on the approach to Morston airfield near Blakeney in Norfolk killing both men.
His funeral was held Finchampstead at 3pm on the 29th of August.