Philip Blackburn (1920-1965) [627118?, Aircraftman (later Warrant Officer), Royal Air Force] ✓
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22 November 2023 at 10:59 pm #9936Dave PatternKeymaster
- born 1920, Linthwaite
- son of cloth finisher (later greengrocer) Teddy Blackburn & Sarah Elizabeth Johnson
- married 23 February 1946 to Nancie Schofield at Lindley Church (divorced 1952)
- married 1953 to Beatrice Anne Shipley (registered Q2 1953 Claro)
- daughter Jane C. Blackburn born 1954 (registered Q4 1954 Claro)
- died 18 June 1965, South Kirkby (probate granted to widow, £3,250)
Records:22 November 2023 at 11:01 pm #9939Dave PatternKeymaster
Huddersfield Examiner 27 April 1940, page 7:
LINDLEY AIRMAN MISSING
Member of Crew of Plane That Did Not Return
A young Lindley airman was a member of the crew of the British plane which did not return from a flight over North Denmark in the early part of the week. He is Aircraftman Philip Blackburn, whose home is at Acre Street, Lindley. He is a wireless operator and gunner. His parents have received official notification that as a member of the crew of the plane that did not return he is missing.
Aircraftman Blackburn was educated at the Lindley National School (and for a brief period at Linthwaite) and at Kayes College. He is a member of the Huddersfield Y.M.C.A. and a member of the Y.M.C.A. Association team.
Huddersfield Examiner 4 May 1940, page 5:
LINDLEY AIRMAN A PRISONER
Name Given in Broadcast from Germany
Philip Blackburn, the Lindley airman who was a member of the crew of the British plane that did not return from a flight over North Denmark and was reported missing, is now reported to be a prisoner of war.
His name was included in a list of prisoners given in the course of the English transmission from the Bremen-Hamburg stations on Saturday evening. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Blackburn, of Acre Street, Lindley, have now also received a telegram from the Ministry of Air to say that his name was in this list, but that they have no other confirmation of his being a prisoner.
Mr. and Mrs. Blackburn had not heard the announcement, and from 11-15 p.m. on Saturday until about half past twelve on Sunday morning there was a continual stream of people calling at the house to tell them about it. Aircraftman Blackburn’s fiancée, Miss Joan Billington, of Covey Clough, Hopton, Mirfield, said that she felt all the time that he was safe, although after she had not heard anything for a week she was rather giving up hope. Miss Billington is employed by Carter and Co., builders, of Market Street, where Aircraftman Blackburn was also formerly employed.
Aircraftman Blackburn, who is twenty years of age, was a member of the Huddersfield Y.M.C.A., and one of the Association football eleven. He volunteered for the R.A.F. in November, 1938, as a wireless operator and gunner. He was educated at Kaye’s College, and for some years before that at Linthwaite, where he lived as a boy.
Huddersfield Examiner 27 May 1940, page 3:
LINDLEY AIRMAN A WAR PRISONER
Missing After Raid on North Denmark
Among the prisoners of war announced on the German radio last night was “Philip Blackburn, born March 27, 1920. 64 Acre Street, Lindley, Huddersfield.”
Philip Blackburn volunteered for the RAF in November, 1938, as a wireless operator and gunner. He was educated at Kayes’ College, and was a member of the Huddersfield Y.M.C.A. football eleven As previously announced in “The Examiner.” he was first posted as missing after a raid over North Denmark, and later it was announced that he was a prisoner of war.
Huddersfield Daily Examiner 16 May 1945, page 4:
W/O. PHILIP BLACKBURN and MR, and MRS. BLACKBURN wish to THANK the many friends and neighbours, Women’s Wartime Bureau, Y.M.C.A., Kayes’ College, Lindley Carnival and Oakes Comforts Fund and the Red Cross and P.O.W. Committee for their kindness during the last five years.
—64, Acre Street, Lindley.
Huddersfield Daily Examiner 27 February 1946, page 3:
W/O Philip Blackburn — Miss Nancie Schofield
The wedding was solemnised on Saturday, at Lindley Church, of W./O. Philip Blackburn (R.A.F.), son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Blackburn, 64, Acre Street, Lindley, and Miss Nancie Schofield, daughter of Mrs. and the late Mr. Schofield, Washington, co. Durham. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. J. R. Park and Mr. H. Gledhill was at the organ.
The bride, who was given away by her cousin, Mr. Stanley North, wore a gown of ivory velvet cut on classical lines, with full-length veil. She carried a bouquet of deep red carnations.
The best man was W./O. W. G. Slade (friend of the bridegroom), and the duties of groomsmen were performed by Mr. D. C. Riding (brother-in-law of the bridegroom) and Mr. Ronald Frier (friend of the bride).
The bride was attended by Misses Doreen Crowe and Phyllis Horner (friends of the bride). Miss Crowe wore a pink taffeta dress with headdress of flowers and net, and Miss Horner wore an apple-green taffeta dress with head-dress of flowers and net. Both carried bouquets of pink carnations.
The mother of the bridegroom favoured a green and tan dress under a baby musquash coat, with tan accessories. The bride’s mother was unable to attend owing to illness.
After a reception held at Silvio’s Cafe, Westgate, the happily married couple left for the Lake District. The bride travelled in an apple-green dress under a dark green coat, with toning accessories.
The bridegroom’s gift to the bride was a housecoat, and the bride gave the bridegroom a cigarette case.
The bridesmaids received from the bridegroom powder compacts.
The bride is an ex-W.A.A.F.
Huddersfield Examiner 20 December 1952, page 3:
A Birkby Wife Determined To End Marriage — Says Judge
At Leeds Assizes on Thursday, Lord Merriman granted a decree nisi to Flying Officer Philip Blackburn, of R.A.F., Fayid, Middle East Forces, on the ground of the adultery of Nancie Blackburn, Birkby Hall Road, Huddersfield, with Ronald Redfearn, Cobcroft Road, Huddersfield.
The Judge awarded the husband costs against the co-respondent limited to the adultery. He dismissed the wife’s cross prayer alleging cruelty by her husband. Adultery was denied by the wife and the co-respondent.
During a judgment which lasted three hours, Lord Merriman described the wife as a “singularly unreliable witness” and the co-respondent as “plausible and glib, but certainly not convincing.”
Referring to the wife’s allegations of cruelty, the Judge said that he accepted the evidence of Mrs MacSweeney, with whom the parties lived at one time, who said that the husband could do nothing right. “The wife gave the husband more than she got.”
“I have come to the conclusion that she deserted the husband and it is not a fact that she was driven out by his brutality, or that she was driven from co-habitation with her husband because he had given her notice to quit the flat in which they were living.
“It was she who was determined. despite having been taken back as an adultress, to end the marriage.”
Huddersfield Daily Examiner 14 October 1954, page 9:
BLACKBURN — On October 13, at Ripon Nursing Home, to Anne (nee Shipley) and Philip Blackburn, the welcome gift of a daughter.
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