War hero to be honoured

A FORMER Midhurst Grammar School boy is to be honoured for his war service with the unveiling of a plaque at Midhurst Rother College.

Warrant officer Arthur William Eade of Singleton, attended the school until December 1928 before joining the RAF as an apprentice fitter. In 1939 he was selected for pilot training, graduating as a fighter pilot.

During the Battle of Britain he was shot down and although injured by shrapnel, managed to get his stricken aircraft home force landing near Hailsham.

He was promoted to Warrant Officer and awarded the Air Force Cross on June 2, 1943 for his acts of valour, courage and devotion to duty whilst flying. He survived the second world war and died in 1983 at the age of 71.