Harry Blackburne

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The Very Rev Harry William Blackburne DSO,[1] MC (25 January 1878 – 31 May 1963) was an Anglican clergyman, Dean of Bristol[2][3] from 1934 [4] to 1951.[5]

He was born on 25 January 1878 and educated at Tonbridge School and Clare College, Cambridge.[6] After service as a trooper in the Queen's Own West Kent Yeomanry during the Boer War he was ordained in 1902.[7] After a curacy at All Saints, Leamington[8] he was an army Chaplain from 1903 to 1924. From 1924 to 1931 he was Vicar of St Mary, Ashford. An Honorary Chaplain to the King he was a Canon of St George’s, Windsor until his appointment to the Deanery.[9] A noted author,[10] he died on 31 May 1963.

His brother Lionel Edward Blackburne was Dean of Ely, one son Hugh a Bishop of Thetford and another, Kenneth, the first governor-general of Jamaica.

Personal papers belonging to Blackburne are held in the archives at The Museum of Army Chaplaincy.


  1. ^ London Gazette
  2. ^ National Archives
  3. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory1947/1948 Oxford, OUP, 1947
  4. ^ The Times, Saturday, 10 Feb 1934; pg. 12; Issue 46675; col C New Dean Of Bristol Canon H. W. Blackburne Appointed
  5. ^ “Who was Who”1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  6. ^ "Blackburne, Harry William (BLKN897H)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  7. ^ Crockfords (ibid)
  8. ^ Church web-site
  9. ^ National Church Institutions Database of Manuscripts and Archives
  10. ^ Amongst others he wrote "This also happened on the Western Front, The Padre’s Story", 1932; "The Romance of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle", 1933; "Clergy in Wartime", 1939; and "A Thought for Sunday", 1942 > British Library web site accessed 21:18 GMT Saturday 16 January 2010
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Henry Lawe Corry Vully de Candole
Deans of Bristol
1934 – 1951
Succeeded by
Francis Evered Lunt