Hubert Oscar Blackford (1890-1951)
1952 Obituary 
"HUBERT OSCAR BLACKFORD, who was born in 1890, was educated at Worcester Royal Grammar School and Birmingham Technical School. He began his practical training in Birmingham with the Wolseley Tool and Motor Car Company, Ltd., in 1906, and was subsequently employed in the experimental department. In 1914 he joined the Darracq Motor Engineering Company, Ltd, in London and remained there for four years. During this period he acted first as sales representative and later took charge of the repairs department, finally becoming superintendent of the machine shop. Since 1919 he had been chief inspector of pressed steel and coach built bodies at the (now) British Light Steel Pressings, works in Acton. Mr. Blackford, whose death occurred on 9th January 1951, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution of Automobile Engineers in 1916."