Bloor, Frank Bennett (No. 980285)

Bloor, Frank Bennett (Frank)

Sergeant (Flight Engineer)

No. 980285, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Killed in an aircraft accident on Sunday 20 August 1944 (aged 24)

Buried:

Carlton Cemetery, Nottinghamshire, England (Section A. Row M.6. Grave 190)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

BIOGRAPHY

Frank Bennett Bloor’s birth was registered in the fourth quarter of 1919 and he was a grandson of Joseph and Ellen Elizabeth Bloor (nee Butler).  He was a son of Frank Lancelot Bloor and Annie Bloor (nee Bennett) who were married on 22 December 1918 in Netherfield Church, Nottingham.  Frank Lancelot Bloor was born on 7 November 1891 at Bulwell, Nottingham and he and Annie had two children:

Frank Bennett (born 1919)

Bernard John (born 1 January 1929; died 15 June 2013)

Before the outbreak of the Great War Frank Lancelot Bloor worked as a storekeeper for a bat manufacturer and he was one of the first people in the area to have a driving licence and a motor vehicle.  His driving licence was printed on parchment.  He volunteered for the Army and served with the Royal Horse Artillery.  Gunner Frank Bloor (No. 67804), ‘L’ Battery, Royal Horse Artillery, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force left for Gallipoli on the cattle boat SS Haverford on 16 March 1915.  They encountered very rough seas and many of the horses and men were ill with sea sickness.  Gunner Bloor suffered many privations and witnessed harrowing scenes of death and suffering before he became so ill with dysentery that he was sent to a hospital in Cairo.  In October 1915 he returned to England and reached Sheffield Hospital on 31 October.  He was then stationed near Brighton and served as chauffeur for an army officer before being demobilised.  He was then chauffeur for Lord Alfred Eden Browne before Lord Browne returned to France where he was killed on 27 August 1918.  After the war Frank Lancelot Bloor was a Haulage Contractor before working as a driver for Trent Buses.  He then worked at the Royal Ordnance Factory before he and his wife bought their own news-agency business.

From an early age Frank Bennett Bloor was interested in motor bikes and cars.  His first job was at the local Meadow Lane Dairy as a general errand boy and he made deliveries on his push bike.  He then went to work at Truman’s Garage as a trainee mechanic before joining the RAF.  His marriage to Marjorie J. Jackson was registered in the fourth quarter of 1942 in York.  They had no children and, after Frank died, Marjorie remarried.

On 20 August 1944 an Avro Anson aircraft (LT658) from No. 12 Air Gunners School based at Bishops Court was on an air gunnery exercise when it broke up in mid-air as a result of a structural failure.  Wreckage fell to the ground over a wide area centred on Ballygalget Roman Catholic Church and all five crew members on board were killed:

Flying Officer (Pilot) Raymond Hodgson

Sergeant (Flight Engineer) Kennedy Boyd Black

Sergeant (Flight Engineer) Frank Bennett Bloor

Flight Sergeant (Flight Engineer) Thomas Charles Crisp

Sergeant (Air Gunner) George William Thomas Walker

All five deaths were registered in Downpatrick.

Sergeant Frank Bennett Bloor (No. 980285) was 24 when he died and he was buried in Carlton Cemetery, Nottinghamshire, England.  His mother, Annie Bloor, died on 8 April 1965 (aged 69) and his father, Frank Lancelot Bloor, died in March 1974 (aged 83).  They were buried in the same grave as their son.

Frank’s brother, Bernard John Bloor, served with the Royal Signals from 1947 until 1949, for part of that time in Malaya, and he was Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service whilst under fire.