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Osborne Harold Peasgood in 1944

Osborne Harold Peasgood (1902-1968) was born in Willesden, Middlesex and was descended from the Stamford Peasgoods. He was Deputy Organist at Westminster Abbey but acted as Organist and Master of the choristers during the war when Sir William McKie was on war service. He was much loved by successive generations of choirboys, and notorious for harmless pranks.

He played the organ at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. In addition to playing the organ he arranged music for the instrument. His memorial is in the western cloister at the Abbey.