CAPSTICK – Herbert

Flying Officer

[Source: CG]

The one Jamaican in the Battle of Britain was P/O H. Capstick, 236 Squadron

[Source: Forum.keypublishing.com  & The Battle of Britain, then and now, BoB Prints Intl, London UK, 1982]

Born in 19/11/1920 and his father was H E Capstick. When he was at school his home address was Mahogany Hall, TRelawney, Jamaica, His previous school was Cressbrook School, Kirkby Lonsdale. He was at Sedbergh School from September 1934 to December 1938 and was selected to be a house prefect in his house (Evans House).

The photo is from 1938 and shows him on the house rugby team. He is in the back row third from the left and is wearing a dark suit. A review in the house magazine describes him as : “H. Capstick (9st. 8 1/2 lbs.) Second row player. An honest worker at the tight scrums and useful at the line-outs.”

[Source: Sedbergh School Archives]

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3 additions to “CAPSTICK – Herbert”

  1. Katy Iliffe adds:

    Hiya,
    I’m the archivist at Sedbergh School – Herbert Capstick’s old school and was contacted by a lady who suggested i get in touch with you to give you some more details about Herbert.

    According to our records he was born in 19/11/1920 and his father was H E Capstick. When he was at school his home address was Mahogany Hall, TRelawney, Jamaica, His previous school was Cressbrook School, Kirkby Lonsdale. He was at Sedbergh SChool from September 1934 to DEcember 1938 and was selected to be a house prefect in his house (EVans House).

    I understand much of this wont be directly useful for the website but i thought i’d send it just in case! I think we have some photos of him in the archive which i will find and scan and send you a copy of also (possibly after christmas tho!)

    Best Wishes

    Katy ILiffe

  2. Jerome Lee adds:

    According to the Battle of Britain Home Page ; http://www.raf.mod.uk/bob1940/roll.html#top Herbert Capstick is the sole West Indian in the Battle of Britain. The site lists his disposal as Died (after BOB and before 1947) but I can find no mention on cwgc

  3. Jerome Lee adds:

    This link gives additional info. It appears he survived the war:- http://www.dnw.co.uk/medals/auctionarchive/viewspecialcollections/itemdetail.lasso?itemid=32401

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