Gordon Harold John Pickering came to Chelmsford by 1926 where he was educated at the town's grammar school. He joined the R.A.F. early in the war and died in November 1941. His father lived in Coval Avenue.

Gordon Harold John PICKERING, Pilot Officer, 97 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Aged 24

He has no known grave and is commemorated by the Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede which names over 20,000 airmen who were lost in the Second World War during operations from bases in the United Kingdom and North and Western Europe, and who have no known graves.

At the time of his death Gordon's father was living in Coval Avenue, Chelmsford.


Gordon was born in 1917 in Staffordshire, the son of Captain Harold A. Pickering (1890-1956) and Norah M. C. Pickering (nee Bear). His parents had married in 1915 and produced at least two siblings for Gordon - Joyce Pickering (born 1921), and Ian Pickering (born 1926).

Gordon was educated at King Edward VI's Grammar School in Chelmsford. He joined the R.A.F. at the start of the Second World War and went on to reach the rank of Pilot Officer 84320 in 97 Squadron. Aged 24, he lost his life on 8th November 1941.