- Guy Lechmere Blacklidge was a son of Frederick
Charles Blacklidge and Stella (or Sheila) Blacklidge (nee
Mosse-Robinson). He was married to Patricia D. Blacklidge (nee Macken),
of Petersham, Surrey. They had a daughter, Gay.
- Blacklidge was given a emergency commission
into the South Staffordshire Regiment on 23 august 1941. On 4 may 1943
he transferred to the Parachute Regiment.
- Blacklidge served as the Commanding Officer of
B Company. According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of
Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 2011) Blacklidge was killed
inside the Old Church in Oosterbeek.
- In the middle of June 1943 Blacklidge was
commanding Support Company. He was still a captain at that time.
In july 1944 he took over B Company as a Major.
- The authors of 'Arnhem Their Final Battle'
wrote about Blacklidge on page 88: "At approximately 1200hrs a
message was received that the attack on the bridge had been repulsed and
that German armour was sweeping round to the north to cut the Battalion
off. B Company withdrew to a juntion west of the Hospital and occupied
all building covering the junction. On orders of the Company Commander,
Major Blacklidge, the men were to grenade all enemy tanks and shoot up
all infantry. There was to be no withdrawal." (This happened on
- After the withdrawal to Oosterbeek Major
Blacklidge and his Company Headquarters took up position in a house at
the crossroads of the Acacialaan and the Hogeweg. They didn't stay there
for a long time. On page 97 of 'Arnhem Their Final Battle' Captain King
is quoted: "The tanks were attacking from the east and north.
Some time after lunch the Germans managed to set the house alight. We
put out the fire, but three men were killed, Second Lieutenant Richard
de Courcy Peele, and two men next door. Soon after this however we were
forced to retire in the face of a fierce and uncontrollable burning.
This place had been evacuated by Major Guy Blacklidge and his B Company."
- Blacklidge is mentioned in the War Diary of
the 11th Battalion: "About 1100hrs we were relieved, after a
morning mortaring, by some Poles who had crossed the river during the
night. We withdrew to the Church for food and cleaning of weapons. The
Church was shelled by 88's and Major G.L. Blacklidge was killed."
In the book 'Arnhem Their Final Battle' Private Joseph Gray is quoted on
page 109: "I had lost track of time by now but I know it was the
second from the last day of the battle that our commanding officer,
Major Lonsdale, called us all into the church. He told us that there was
just no hope of the main forces getting through to us, but we had to
make sure that every round we fired counted. Then hell opened up. Jerry
had used the spire as an aiming point and shrapnel came down like rain.
At a time like that, you want to be near someone you know, at least I
did. I saw my old pal Private John Harkin so I got up and went back to
him. That is how I missed death by seconds. As soon as I had moved, a
lump of shrapnel went right through the back of my seat and hit another
pal on the seat in front, shattering his left knee. The spire collapsed
on the church in the bombardment. I made for the trench, but someone
grabbed hold of me to carry a wounded officer on a stretcher. He had an
awful hole in his chest. We carried him to the house of Mrs. Kate ter
Horst, but entering the house the officer had died."
- On page 138 Second Lieutenant Blackwood is
quoted: "The Gunners were using the church as an Observation
Post and the atute Hun brought his 88mm guns to bear on us. It was not
too gratifying to hear him getting closer and closer, though the walls
were stout. Nor was the wisdom to evacuate, for his mortars were lashing
it down outside. Eventually a direct hit on the roof of the church
brought down much plaster and caused one leg casualty. We rendered first
aid and sent for stretcher-bearers. Jerry scored again, taking the
cook's leeg off and upsetting the rabbit stew. A shall splinter through
the chest mortally wounded Guy Blacklidge. This made me officer
commanding B Company and second-in-command 11th Battalion."
- Blacklidge has no known grave. His name is on
panel 8 of the Groesbeek Memorial, which commemorates by name more than
1000 soldiers who died during te campaign in north-west Europe between
the time of crossing the Seine at the end of August 1944 and the end of
the war in Europe, and whose graves are not known.