Hull’s ‘Mr Avi­a­tion’

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My grand­fa­ther, Al­bert Neville Med­forth, was a keen pilot and avi­a­tion en­thu­si­ast. In the fifties, sixties and seven­ties, he cam­paigned tire­lessly for a lo­cal air ser­vice for the peo­ple of Kingston-upon-hull and sur­round­ing ar­eas. In the late fifties, he be­came in­volved with a for­mer aero­drome at He­don in the East Rid­ing of York­shire, later found­ing an aero­drome at Paull in 1967. He served as a sol­dier in WWII, once car­ry­ing the Queen’s Colour in front of the Lord Lieu­tenant of the East Rid­ing, in a pa­rade of the 4th Bat­tal­ion East York­shire Reg­i­ment in 1953.

He started writing a book about his ex­pe­ri­ences but, sadly, did not fin­ish it be­fore his death in 2007. In De­cem­ber 2014, I dis­cov­ered a draft of his book and have been able to com­bine his writing with orig­i­nal ma­te­rial from his metic­u­lous diaries and cor­re­spon­dence. The book charts avi­a­tion progress in the East Rid­ing and Kingston-upon-hull and my grand­fa­ther’s in­volve­ment through­out. While mainly about avi­a­tion, it in­cludes other top­ics — such as an ac­count by an of­fi­cer who served with the Duke of Welling­ton’s Reg­i­ment dur­ing its stay in the Middle East in WWII.

The book, 252 pages, was pub­lished in July this year, and is called The He­don Aero­drome Saga: Death of an Air­port. It is avail­able on­line. Alexan­der Slingsby, Bev­er­ley

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