Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Blackmore: Remembering ... Henry Scudder

Henry William Scudder, Aircraftman 1st Class, served in the Royal Air Force. He lost in life in the Baltic, 2nd July 1919, trying, with one officer and three other men, to stop a mine which was drifting down on a hospital barge. His action saved the barge and is highly to be praised. He was loved by his fellow men and highly respected by his officers for his efficient and unfailing conscientious work on all occasions. He was 20 years old.

The ‘Commonwealth War Graves Commission’ includes the following citation:

His father, William James Scudder is buried at Blackmore. He was landlord of The Leather Bottle public house. His epitaph reads: “In Loving Memory. William James Scudder died 10th Dec 1920 aged 63 years. Also Henry William Scudder, son of the above. Killed while on active service in Russia, 1919. Aged 20 years. Also Lillian Mary Russell Simpson, daughter of the above. Died 18th Dec 1920 aged 19 years. Interred in Lodge Hill Cemetery. ‘In the midst of life we are in death’”.

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