Letters, 1927-1941, of and relating to Jack F Blackburn, mainly comprising his letters to his mother Margaret Blackburn in Guildford, 1927-1941, concerning his activities and discussing family affairs, describing visits as a naval officer to the ports of Singapore, Malaya, Cairo, and Aden, and including information on his work with the Chinese Maritime Customs; also including two letters from well-wishers to his mother congratulating her on Blackburn's behaviour on HMS LADYBIRD in 1941.
Correspondence of Lieutenant Commander Jack F Blackburn
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- ReferenceGB 102 MS 380628
- Dates of Creation1927 - 1941
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description1 file containing 38 letters
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Administrative / Biographical History
Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy until 1933; joined the Marine Department of the Chinese Maritime Customs, 1934; initially stationed at Shanghai, visiting different Chinese ports while supplying stores to lighthouses along the coast; transferred to the Yangtze River staff, where he was responsible for keeping the river clear for shipping, 1935; transferred to Hankow, 1936; left the Chinese Maritime Customs, 1937; rejoined the navy; Commander of the gunboat HMS LADYBIRD, which bombarded the port of Bardia (Libya), 1941.
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Purchased in 1994.