Born 26th August 1890 at Shelton, Nottinghamshire

Married August 1st 1915 to Emily Townsend at St Mary’s church Radcliffe on Trent. Son Howard Blakeney, born 1921, daughters Emily Adela, born 1916 and Marguerite born 1923.

Died 1958, living in Newark.

1891 Census

Age 7 months living in Shelton with father George, gardener, mother Harriett Kirkham (born in Radcliffe on Trent) and sisters Bertha 10 and Beatrice 4.

1901 Census

Age 10 living on Village Street, Cropwell Butler with his widowed father George, a gardener, sister Beatrice 14 and brother Oswald 9

1911 Census

Age 21 boarding Chatton Cottage, Axminster with Mr and Mrs Trim and employed as a gardener. Mr Trim was also a gardener.

Military Service

Rank: Gunner, then Corporal

Service Number: 127322

Military Unit: Royal Garrison Artillery, 45th Anti-Aircraft Company

Theatre of War: Unconfirmed

Attested: 6.11.1915 Nottingham, to Army Reserve

Age 25. Address: Eastwood Cottages, Radcliffe on Trent. Height 5ft 9ins, weight 122lbs, chest 36 ins, range of expansion 3ins. Religion: Church of England.

2.11.16: Mobilized and posted to Royal Garrison Artillery Anti-Aircraft Company.

17.11.16: Posted to No. 4 Royal Garrison Artillery Anti-Aircraft Training Depot, Ripon, Gunner

29.11.16: Appointed Acting Bombardier

15.12.16: Posted to 31 Anti-Aircraft Company R.G.A., then 33 AA Company same date

23.2.17: Promoted Acting F. Bombardier

15.6.17: Promoted Acting Corporal

28.8.17: Posted to 45 AA Company, R.G.A., Acting Corporal

1.7.18: Granted Class 1 Proficiency pay, Cliffsend, Kent: Qualified as Gun Layer (sighting)

3.12.18: Attached to 484 Agricultural Company, Labour Corps

24.1.19: Demobilised. Medical category B1. Dispersed to civil employment

The numbered Anti-Aircraft Companies RGA (1 to about 60) were based in the UK. Some were in coast defences: 45 AA Company defended the harbour at Portland, Dorset. In June 1916 they had five 3in guns (the standard AA weapon).

Medals Awarded: ineligible for campaign medals if served in the U.K.

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register

Victoria Street, Radcliffe on Trent.

1921 Census

Address: Church Lane, Plumtree

Employment: head gardener, for the Rev. D F Wright, Rector, Plumtree

Household: wife Emily and daughter Emily Adele.

1939 Register

Address: 35 Wellington Road, Newark, Notts.

Occupation: gardener

Household: living with his wife Emily, son Howard, apprentice fitter (auxiliary fire pumps) and one other person whose record is closed.

Other information

Ran Nursery on Brickyard Lane, Radcliffe on Trent

Moved to Newark as head gardener for Mr William Warwick, a brewer, who left him a small inheritance in 1941. The Nottm Evening Post 17 March 1941

Son Howard Blakeney Scott killed 10.12.41 during WW2. Serving in Royal Navy on HMS Prince of Wales which was sunk by Japanese aircraft in South China Sea. Blakeney Road was named in his memory.

Died at The General Infirmary, Stafford on 7 January 1958. Effects to his widow Emily

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Lived in Radcliffe on Trent.