Hull’s ‘Mr Aviation’
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