WW1 Pte H Blinkhorn

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Death & letter in newspaper

By Pauline Marples



As reported in Mansfield Chronicle?

31 October 1918

The newspaper report gives an insight into how relatives were sometimes informed about the death of their loved ones, and how it was all reported in the local newspaper.


'It is with regret we hear of the death of Pte. H Blinkhorn, of 14 Clumber Street, Mansfield, which took place on October 23rd, at the age of 22. Up to February 4th last he was working as a carter. On that date he joined the  Royal Flying Corps, and within a fortnight had gone to France. There is very little information as to what has actually happened beyond the fact that he was admitted to hospital in France on October 22nd, suffering severely from Gas poisoning, and that he died on the date mentioned.

The following letter has been received:-

47 CCS., BEF

Oct. 24th 1918

Dear Mrs Dudley - I am very sorry to inform you of the death of your dear brother (Pte Blinkhorn, RAF No 12365). He was admitted on the 22nd suffering from gas poisoning. His condition was so bad that although everything possible was done for him, he died at 4.30pm, October 23rd 1918. Poor boy he was very distressed, his breathing was so difficult he was unable to speak or leave any message. It is one consolation for you to know he was brought to hospital where he was well cared for, and his last hours on earth made easy for him.

All his personal belongings will be forwarded to you through the War Office.

I pray God will help you to bear this sorrow. Accept of my deepest sympathy at this time.

Yours J Gray Sister i/c '


His name also appears on the

CWGC (Commonwealth War Graves) web site

The web site lists him as Aircraftman 2nd Class 13th Balloon Company a nd that he is the son of Mr A H Blinkhorn Clumber Street, Mansfield. He is buried in VADENCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, MAISSEMY, France

This page was added on 20/03/2013.
Comments about this page

Quite a coincidence, during the 1930's and before,although it is not a common name,we had people with the name Blinkhorn who lived on Bradder Street. There was no man in the house,just a lady and her daughter. They were a family who kept themselves to themselves. A very nice family.

By alan curtis
On 21/03/2013

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