Bolton School Former Pupils

Sub Lieutenant Peter Hartshorn

Sub Lieutenant Peter Hartshorn (1931-39)

Peter lived on Harper’s Lane in Bolton and attended Boys’ Division from 1931 to 1939. He was a very active pupil, representing the School in swimming, playing the ‘cello in the School orchestra, as well as being a keen Scout and gymnast. Peter left School to take up a place at Manchester University to study Engineering.

After graduating from Manchester with BSC (Hons), Peter joined the Royal Navy in May 1942. He was posted to the HMS Egret,  the lead ship of the “sloop class”, which were specialized convoy-defence vessels with anti-aircraft and anti-submarine capabilities. On 27th August 1943, Egret was attacked in the Bay of Biscay by a squadron of enemy aircraft and tragically capsized, becoming the first ship ever to be sunk by a guided missile. 194 of the Egret’s crew, including Peter, lost their lives in the attack. He was 23 when he died.

Peter is commemorated on the PoHMS_Egretrtsmouth Naval Memorial, which honours those members of the Royal Navy who bravely laid down their lives, but who have no known grave.

Amended from the publication, Remembered with Honour by Eric McPherson.