Ref NoMS 380628
TitleCorrespondence of Lieutenant Commander Jack F Blackburn
Date(s) of Creation1927 - 1941
Level of DescriptionCollection
Extent1 file containing 38 letters
Name of CreatorBlackburn; Jack (1927-1941); Royal Navy Commander
Administrative & Biographical HistoryLieutenant 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.
Held at:SOAS University of London
Source of AcquisitionPurchased in 1994.
DescriptionLetters, 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.
Access StatusOpen
Language(s) of MaterialEnglish
Related MaterialThe School of Oriental and African Studies holds papers of Edward Charles Mackintosh Bowra and Cecil Arthur Verner Bowra (Ref: MS 201813, now ref PP MS 69), Sir Robert Hart (Ref: PP MS 67, MS 211081 and MS 211351), and Sir Frederick Maze (Ref: PP MS 2) relating to the Chinese Maritime Customs.

The bombardment of Bardia by HMS LADYBIRD featured in the press, including The Times, 13 Jun 1941.
Archivist's NoteCompiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.
Access Points - SubjectArmed forces
Customs policy
International trade
Naval personnel
Trade (practice)
Travel abroad
Second World War (1939-1945)
Access Points - Person, Corporate & Family Names
Name CodePerson, Corporate or Family NameType of Entity
GB/SOASNAF/P751Blackburn; Jack (1927-1941); Royal Navy CommanderPerson
GB/SOASNAF/P752Blackburn; Margaret (fl 1927-1941); of GuildfordPerson
GB/SOASNAF/C94Chinese Maritime Customs ServiceCorporate
Access Points - Places
Place CodePlace Name
7729894Eastern Asia
6269133Middle East
7729887Northern Africa
7729896South Eastern Asia
1814991China
357994Egypt
1733045Malaysia
1880251Singapore
415189Aden
360630Cairo
69543Yemen
2215636Libya
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