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College & OF History: 1975-2000
Into the Third Millennium
Framlingham College...
By John Maulden

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Peter Guy SCOTCHMER (R31-38)

1921-2004

On 9th December 2004 in Ottawa, Canada aged 83. Brother of Gerald Scotchmer (R29-34).

When Peter left Framlingham in 1938 he joined Shell for a career in the oil business but it was not long before the Second World War intervened and in 1939 he volunteered for the R.A.F. He was able to train as a pilot and eventually found himself as a Flight Lieutenant in 257 Squadron and the pilot of a Typhoon. During this period he met Grace, who was later to become his wife, when she was in the W.A.A.F., working for an Australian Lancaster squadron at a nearby airbase.

On January 29th 1944, while on a ground attack mission, Peter was shot down near Cap Gris Nez, although he always suspected that the temperamental Typhoon had let him down. He was, unfortunately, a prisoner until the end of the war in May 1945.

In the summer of 1945 he resumed his career with Shell in London and in October of that year he married Grace in Holbrook church in a ceremony conducted by his former housemaster Rev. R. H. W. Kneese. Helped by the fact that Peter was a former Scout and Scout Leader the newly married couple was able to find accommodation in a flat above the International Bureau of Boy Scouts in Ebury Street, London.

Two sons Peter Anthony and Desmond were born and then in 1953, by now established as an oil economist, Peter was posted to Venezuela. Nigel was born in 1956 and, although living in Venezuela at the time, Grace had thought it prudent to return to England for the birth.

In 1961 the family returned to London, where in 1963 Peter left Shell and decided to venture, with his family, to start a new life in Canada. With his experience he was able to secure a post as oil economist for the Canadian National Energy Board and worked for them for more than twenty years before retiring in 1985. After his retirement Peter and Grace made many trips to Australia to see their friends from the former Australian Bomber squadron.

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