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Brian Pepperrell

Brian A. Pepperrell
Born 1930s.
Died 2010s.
Profile last modified | Created 24 Oct 2019 | Last significant change: 8 Jul 2020
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Brian Pepperrell was born in Surrey, England.
Brian Pepperrell is a Military Veteran.
Served in the British Royal Air Force

Brian Arthur Pepperrell

  • Born October 10, 1938 in Woking, Surrey, England.[1].
  • Death June 21, 2013 in Taunton, Somerset. [2]


Other Events

1939 : 1939 England and Wales Register, enumerated September 29, 1939. In 1939, he lived with his father and mother in Woking, Surrey, England.[3]
2013 : Cremation, July 5, 2013. The cremation was held at the East Devon Crematorium, Strete Raleigh in Devon. At the end of the Committal the sound of Vulcan bomber XH558 Spirit of Great Britain taking off and climbing away was played while the curtains closed. The following paragraphs have been extracted from "The Life Ceremony"[4], which was based on discussions with Brian's sister Pam, brother Phillip, brother-in-law Ray, sister-in-law Patsy and great friend Reverend Desmond Payne-Jeremiah.
Brian began his education at Southville Primary School, Bedfont Lane, Feltham, Middlesex. He took his 11-plus and, after achieving a remarkable 98% in Mathematics, he won a place at Hampton Grammar School. After a promising start he "left at the Headmaster's Pleasure" at fifteen to join the RAF as an Apprentice Tradesman at RAF Locking[5].
After successfully completing his training as a Electronics, Instruments and Radar Technician Brian was posted to 90 Sqn. RAF Honington in Suffolk, working on Vulcans, Victors and Valiants, and later to Boscombe Down in Wiltshire. His Service Record makes interesting reading with postings all over the world but health issues meant that he eventually left the RAF.
He began working at ICL in Reading and Putney as a Computer Engineer. This was followed some years later with a move to British Airports Authority (BAA) at Heathrow as, initially, a Security Officer on the High Altitude bomb detection facility followed by the role of Traffic Control for the Local Emergency Management Agency (LEMA) which he held until retirement. This provided him with some great stories including the time he was asked to wait with Nelson Mandela until his own personal security guard arrived. The two of them spent over an hour together in a small room and had the opportunity for a good old chat. During his employment with BAA he was also made a Freeman of the City of London.
Following retirement Brian took the opportunity to approach the volunteer service. He was sent to help at Fairlynch Museum, Budleigh Salterton, Devon where he joined the Local History Group, performing research for people who approached the Museum for help with genealogy questions. He later became a Trustee of Fairlynch Museum and Arts Centre. Fascinated by history, Brian set out to research the origins of one particular photograph unearthed by the Museum. The little open fishing boat in the photograph eventually proved to be the vessel used by the Savident family to make their daring escape from the Channel Islands prior to the German occupation of 1940 during World War Two. When asked to make a formal presentation of his discoveries to the family he was surprised to discover the family member stepping forward to receive it was none other than John Savident – the actor best known as the cheerful butcher Fred Elliott in Coronation Street - who had been born on Guernsey in 1938.
Brian’s other major 'hobby' was the Freemasons where he held both London Grand Rank and was the Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler, Order of the Secret Monitor (Province of Devonshire). 'He was certainly a committed and able Freemason', noted Lt Cdr Angus Hannagan, Deputy Grand Secretary. 'It was indeed a big part of his life and he will be missed by the many Orders of Freemasonry in which he made a significant contribution.' [6]


  1. "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch ( : 1 October 2014), Brian A Pepperrell, 1938; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Surrey North Western, Surrey, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.
  2. Death Certificate of Brian Arthur Pepperrell, Certificate No. BBB340814 (2013), Registration District of Somerset, Sub-District of Somerset in the County of Somerset, Personal copy in the files of Phil Pepperrell
  3. The National Archives; Kew, London, England; 1939 Register; Reference: RG101/1929E/014/7 Letter Code: DMWU; Crown copyright images reproduced by courtesy of TNA, London England. 1939 Register (Series RG101), The National Archives, Kew, London, England.
  4. Pepperrell, Phillip, personal knowledge, July 5, 2013
  5. RAF Locking was an RAF base just outside Weston-super-Mare in Somerset. It was the home of the RAF’s No.1 Radio School until its relocation in 1999 to RAF Cosford. ("RAF Locking", Wikipedia, : accessed March 3rd, 2018).
  6. Payne-Jeremiah, Reverend Desmond. Personal recollection, July 5, 2013, as told to the attendees of the Life Ceremony. Notes in the possession of Phillip Pepperrell.

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