Pease, Christopher York


Captain / Yorkshire Hussars Yeomanry

1886 - 1918
Biography:

Christopher York Pease was born 24 June 1886, the younger son of Sir Alfred Edward Pease, Bt, of Pinchinthorpe, Yorkshire. His mother, who died in 1910, was Dame Helen Ann Pease, daughter of Sir Richard Nicholas Fowler. His father was at one time MP for York and Cleveland and also Resident Magistrate and Head of Native Affairs in the eastern Transvaal. His elder brother, Edward Pease (College 1894-1899) was severely wounded in Flanders but survived to inherit his father's title in 1939.

Christopher came to Winchester College from Horris Hill in September 1899 amd was in C House, Du Boulay's. He was on Dress for OTH XV in 1904, his last year at Winchester. A few months after leaving school in July 1904, he entered the offices of the family colliery business, Messrs. Pease and Partners Ltd., and was appointed director soon afterwards.

At the outbreak of war he obtained a commission in the Yorkshire Hussars Yeomanry. The unit formed part of the Yorkshire Mounted Brigade, based in York, but early in 1915 split up into several divisions. However, they came together again in May1916 as Corps Cavalry for XVII Corps.  According to de Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, Pease, promoted to Lieutenant on 1 June 1916, did not see active service overseas again until 16 September 1916.

He was promoted Captain at the end of February 1918 and by May that year was in line near Vermelles in the Loos sector. He fell near Givenchy when hit by a shell, on 9 May 1918 while serving with the 9th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment, and was buried at Mazingarbe.

Captain Pease married Miss Margaret Philippa Johnson in December 1910 and left a son and a daughter. Ingram Edward Pease came to Winchester as a War Exhibitioner (F 1927-1932) but was killed in a flying accident near Loch Leven while serving as a member of the Auxiliary Air Force in February 1939.


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