Respect … Royal New Zealand Air Force corporal Bradley Pearce stands beside the St Peters College honours board which displays the names of former pupils who died while serving in the armed forces. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

Former St Peter’s College pupil Corporal Bradley Pearce paid his respects to former pupils listed on the school’s roll of honour when he was home at the weekend.

The Royal New Zealand Air Force airman is stationed at the Ohakea base.

Cpl Pearce said it was good the school had started the honour board.

”It’s good they are getting recognised,” Cpl Pearce said.

It was important to acknowledge former pupils who died while serving in the armed forces, he said.

”It’s quite a hidden thing down south. You don’t know too much about the military.”

After Cpl Pearce left school in 2015, he trained in the security forces trade in the air force.

”We deal with all the security of the bases, making sure all the RNZAF assets are safe.”

Part of his role was to help train air force personnel in weapon handling.

When one of the Hercules aircraft was deployed overseas, the security force staff went, too.

”We’re like the point protection of aircraft .. making sure the aircraft, the cargo and the people on board are safe.”

He enjoyed the position and had toured widely overseas before Covid-19 restricted travel.

The armed forces also played an important role within New Zealand and the Christchurch earthquakes were an example of this.

”Just being able to respond immediately like that’s like giving back to the people of New Zealand.

That happens and we go and respond first and sort out the situation.”

Anzac Day was a special commemoration for him.

”For myself it’s an honor to be a part of this organisation, seeing what’s happened in the past .. all those who have fought and fallen and just honouring them and remembering them.”