Person Male Born 9/12/1914 Died 13/12/1940
Royal Engineer killed by an exploding bomb while assisting in the attempt to disarm it.
Andrew Behan has kindly carried out some research on this man (and points out that our source for the list of names has a typo for this surname - 'Dickering' is incorrect). John Charles Pickering was born on 9 December 1914, in Derby, Derbyshire, the son of Laura Jane Pickering. At the outbreak of World War Two he was living with her and his step-father, Frederick G H Meadmore at 35 Fairholme Road, Fulham and his occupation was listed on the 1939 England and Wales Register as a Piano Shop Porter. He joined the Royal Engineers and was attached to 5 Bomb Disposal Company, Service Number 179408, and was killed, aged 26 years, on 13 December 1940, whilst dealing with an unexploded bomb that had fallen on 5 December 1940 in premises at 590 Romford Road, Manor Park and was causing a serious disruption to traffic movements. He is buried in Grave 5.E.5 at the Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey. His grave.