When I first thought of this page, I envisaged a gradual accumulation of data from occasional finds of the name on war memorials and local cenotaphs.
In fact it took only a few hours to identify the 8 Blackburns killed in Vietnam and the 476 Commonwealth Blackburns killed in the two World Wars and elsewhere. I guess this is both a strength and a weakness of the internet - all the information in the world is available, but it takes a lot of the fun and adventure out of it.
I'll keep looking for real occurrences and will add photographs of any such finds. I would also appreciate any contributions from visitors, particularly on the Vietnam Wall, as I doubt I will ever get there.
(7th September 2002)
There are 27 E Blackburns listed in the British and Commonwealth dead, 19 of whom died in the first world war. I decided to identify the E Blackburn shown above from Thiepval by cross referencing the previous entry, Bennett, and came upon what seems to be a remarkably tragic event. Amongst all the futile carnage of wars in general, World War One in particular, and specifically the battle for the Somme, the entry I found for E Blackburn is more poignant than most. I thought at first I had found an duplication error in the CWGC database. Here are the entries:
In Memory of
In Memory of
It seems clear that these two brothers, Lieutenants in adjacent companies of the same battalion, were killed on the same day. I have now tracked down a local newspaper report and that is on the Thiepval page, together with the details of all the other Blackburns commemorated there.
(14th September 2002)
The categories listed so far are:
So far as I have been able to find out, there were no
Blackburns killed on 9/11.