Peter Blackburn


wings 2 Para

I am sorry to say Peter died on Saturday 29 November 2014 at 2am. Peter had been plagued with severe health problems in the last 12 months but had in true 2 Para style fought to beat it.

Sadly he had massive bleeding 12 weeks ago and was admitted to hospital where he fought infection and many problems caused due to an infected bypass. On Saturday following many attempts at recovery he was rushed to surgery and despite the efforts of the surgical team they could not stop the bleeding.

He didn't die alone as I was there to the end holly was there with me and Robert Thomas and my mum were keeping vigil hoping he could win this battle but sadly he had fought his last war.

He was a true hero to the end and I have lost my husband friend soul mate and confidant, but words can't express my admiration for his determination to survive against the odds - 2 Para you can be proud of his courage he was a soldier to the end!

wings 27 January 1957 - 29 November 2014

When Your Beautiful
Heart Stopped Beating,

My Heart Just
Broke In Two,

Knowing That
Here On Earth,

There Will Never
Be Another Like You

Blackburn Familypeter holly


Peter served with ... which one is Peter ? ... are you there ?



Funeral details are: -

Anyone who wishes to attend Peter's funeral it will be held on Tuesday 16th December, at 2.20pm at Accrington crematorium ... then after at The Fortes Arms Clayton Le Moors BB5 anyone wishing to attend will be more than welcome
Thank you for all your kind messages.

From Mrs Kirsty Blackburn
For anyone attending Peters funeral please could I ask you to respect the wishes of both Peter, me and the children and wear bright colours to celebrate Peters life not his passing. We also respectfully ask for no flowers as a collection box will be available for Help for Heros! The Parachute Regiment made Peter into the person he was, kind, hard working, determined and true friend/oppo, as such we would like to help those who are true hero's but cards will be provided for private messages (these will not be opened and will go with Peter) this is so family or friends can pay their respects in a personal message to Peter without any worries or concerns.

Peter lived life to the full, was loyal and a true soldier in all he did (including his language and bar hobbies) but he was a superb father husband brother and son to us all so if you wish to attend please note this will be a rememberance but above all a grateful thanks for his time here as such Celebrations are the operational orders of the day xx



Pete followed his brother Bob into the Paras

Peas in a pod ...


Peter ...


Some of Pete's sent by Kellie Bell photos, click here of the good times of Pete & Bob

From his friends and family

From Mandy Bryant
Peter was one of my dads best friends in 2 para and I remember when he used to visit , he was a good man, I know how hard this time is for you and your family and my thoughts are with you all.

From Tara Shelton
My thoughts are with you at this sad time. Peter was one of the good guys. He was around a lot as I was growing up and was good friends with my dad.
Thinking of you all xxxx

From Pete Neaves
So sorry to hear of Pete,s passing, he was in my platoon and my wife and I lived opposite his brother in Berlin in the 70's and really enjoyed his and his brothers company during our time in 2 Para.
RIP Pete.

Ali Tait
R.I.P Blackie. You were an inspiration and guide to me and many others.

Michael Bruce McIntyre
With great respect Blackie RIP

James Morham
Nice guy was Blackie. RIP mate.

Jane D'Arcy-Martin
Oh my goodness Im so shocked and deeply saddened. My deepest sympathy to you all at this sad time. He was one of the good guys x

Danny Fowler
RIP Peter .
Sending love & Strength to Mrs Blackburn & your family at this time.

Brian Worrall
Deepest sympathy to all in the Blackburn family. I'm sure Peter is at peace now catching up with Airborne Brothers that have gone before. R.I.P Comrade, Airborne All The Way

David Murphy


Geoff Butler
I am so sorry to hear this love to the family rest in peace Peter you were a great guy to know back in the 70s

Helen Pantry
So sorry to hear of your loss im sure my dad mick james knew him and me myself as a child

Chris Bradbury


Personal note from the webmaste (Dave Smart) ... Peter was an excellent soldier, want to add your personal tribute, please contact me via email


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