Date of birth:
The name of G. J. Blackwell from Warwick is not on the Church Street war memorial, possibly because he was not serving in the army when he died in 1917. It seem that his family lived in Warwick, though we have not found an address.
According to the book, ‘Warwick in the Great War’ by local historian Graham Sutherland, Lieutenant Blackwell was serving in the Royal Flying Corps after 4 years in the Warwickshire Yeomanry. Flying missions over the Western Front in these flimsy and exposed early aircraft was notoriously dangerous.
In a letter to his family published in the Warwickshire Advertiser, his senior officer wrote, ‘He was acting as an observation officer when he received the wounds from which he died. His pilot was unconscious and he tried to land the machine’.
Rank & Number: Flight Lieutenant,
Regiment/Service: The Royal Flying Corps
Date of death: 1917
Cause of death/Battle: Aircraft shot down
Commemorated locally at:
Warwickshire Yeomanry (4 years) then Royal Flying Corps (probably less than 1 year)
Author Graham Sutherland