Pears, John Seymour

He was the only son of Harry William Kilby Pears, of New Chapel House, Felbridge, Lingfield, Surrey. His mother, Katherine Irene Pears, was the daughter of Henry Vickers.

He came to Winchester from Mowden House in September 1928. He made his way steadily up the School and gained promotion to Sixth Book in his last term, and was a House Prefect for his last two terms. He was a useful player of football and cricket, but as a hundred-yard runner he had real distinction: in his last year, though on wet grass, he won the hundred yards in the then record time of 10.5 seconds.

At Trinity College, Cambridge, from 1933, he kept up his running, representing the University in relays and only failing by one place to be second string for the hundred yards. He gained a Second Class in Modern Languages in 1936, and then read for the Chartered Accountants Examination, working for Dixon Wilson Tubb & Gillett.

In 1939 he joined the Cavalry Training Regiment, after which he had many months of active service in North Africa, Sicily and Italy with the Scots Greys. He was mentioned in despatches “for services in MEF May-October 1942” (London Gazette, June 24th 1943).

He died of wounds, near Capua, on October 20th 1943, at the age of twenty-eight and lies in grave VII.D.6 of the Minturno War Cemetery.


War: World War 2

  • Surname: Pears
  • Forenames or initials: John Seymour
  • House: B
  • Years in School: 1928-1933
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Scots Greys
  • Date of Birth: 9th March 1915
  • Date of Death: 20th October 1943
  • How Died: Died of Wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner F2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Minturno War Cemetery