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Sailor – Blackburn, Tom – Wombwell Scout For Navy

October 1939

Mexborough & Swinton Times, October 28, 1939

Wombwell Scout For Navy

Wombwell Scouts are to make another contribution to the Forces next week when Tom Blackburn (20), a popular member of the Rover Crew, will join the Royal Navy into which he has already enlisted.

“Tommy” has always been regarded as a “good Scout.” His cheerful disposition, adaptability, and willingness to turn his hand to anything have been great assets to the local troop, and younger Scouts have learned to look up to him with the utmost confidence.

He is the younger son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Blackburn, of 56, Woodside Crescent, Hemingfield. He attended Hemingfield Village School where he used to play cricket and football, and has since been employed by Mr. F. Dobson, builder. He was acting Scoutmaster at Jump St. George’s for a time, and was one of the founders of the Wombwell Rover Crew. Scouts throughout the Barnsley Association will wish him luck.

A farewell gathering will be held at the Wombwell Scout hut on Sunday morning, and a party will be detailed to give him a suitable send-off at the L.N.E.R. station, Wombwell, at 8-15 a.m. next Tuesday. Blackburn has already been assigned to a ship.