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James Albert Arthur Blackman
Stoker First Class
Service No: P/K 57423 

 

James Blackman's grave (Click for a larger view in a new window) (58186 bytes)

James died when HMS Express struck a mine on 1st September 1940

On August 31st 1940, the Express and 4 other Mine-laying Destroyers left Immingham to lay an offensive field off the coast of the Netherlands. At around 23.00 hours almost to the point of dropping mines, it was reported by radio that there was an enemy convoy near at hand, which was to be attacked after the mines had been dropped. Before any mines were dropped, three of the ships, including Express, had themselves struck mines. Express was the first and some of the crew were picked up by the Ivanhoe, who then also struck a mine. Meanwhile the Esk struck and sank almost immediately. There was a considerable loss of life in all three ships, the Express lost 4 officers and 55 ratings.
In spite of having most of the bows blown off, the Express was towed back to port and eventually rebuilt.

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Information provided by
CWGC and British War Memorial Project
Picture kindly provided by Len Simpson
Hon Secretary
Royal Engineers Association 
Hull & District Branch

Commonwealth War Graves Commission record:

JAMES ALBERT ARTHUR BLACKMAN
Rank: Stoker 1st Class 
Regiment: Royal Navy 
Unit Text: H.M.S. Express. 
Age: 40 
Date of Death: 01/09/1940 
Service No: P/K 57423 
Additional information: Son of William and Ellen Blackman, of Farnham, Surrey; husband of Ann Blackman, of Farnham. 
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead 
Grave/Memorial Reference: Compt. 202. Grave 12. 
Cemetery: HULL NORTHERN CEMETERY