Rogerson, Peter Murray
No. 1217612, 501 (City of Gloucester) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Killed in an aircraft accident on Monday 12 April 1943 (aged 20)
Wigtoft (St. Peter and St. Paul) Churchyard, Lincolnshire, England
Peter Murray Rogerson was born on 23 June 1922 in Worcestershire and he was the younger son of Major William Alexander Rogerson MC, MICE and Alison Pagan Rogerson (nee Dinwoodie) of Hoffleet Stow, Lincolnshire. Their marriage was registered in the first quarter of 1916 in Birkenhead, Cheshire. [In the New Year’s Honours List for 1952 Major William Alexander Rogerson, then County Surveyor with Holland County Council in Lincolnshire, was awarded the OBE].
Peter Murray Rogerson enlisted on 31 January 1941 and during the Second World War he served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He was 20 when he died in a flying accident on 12 April 1943. Two Supermarine Spitfire aircraft out of RAF Ballyhalbert were practising formation flying when they collided over Derry Farm, Ballyrusley, Portaferry. Local men working in the fields ran to help but they could not open the hatch of Sergeant Rogerson’s aircraft. The plane caught fire and Sergeant Rogerson perished in the flames. The other pilot survived. It was reported that, following this incident, instruction was provided in Portaferry for local people on how to open an aircraft hatch. It was also reported that discussions after the incident led to a Fire Station being established in Portaferry.
In one of his death notices there was the message:
We spend so much time above this world in a world of cloud and stars, that we have a feeling of being in another world, and Death means just going on to another station to continue our work.
Peter Murray Rogerson’s mother died on 21 December 1960 (aged 69) and his father died on 18 October 1961 (aged 72).