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David Blakely
Birth: Jun. 17, 1929
Death: Apr. 10, 1955

Murder Victim. The inscription on the tombstone reads "David Moffett Drummond Blakely, 1929-1955. He was great of heart, courtly and courageous." David Blakely was born in Sheffield in Yorkshire, the son of a Scottish doctor from Glasgow and his Irish wife from Ballynahinch. His parents later divorced. He was educated at Shrewsbury , but did poorly there, his only real interest being racing cars. After his National Service in the Highland Light Infantry, whose insignia appears on his tombstone, he tried for a career in hotel management, but he was fire from that career, so concentrated on his beloved car, the Emperor, and on his playboy lifestyle. In 1953, he met Ruth Ellis, the manageress of the Little Club in Knightsbridge, and entered into an affair with her. Not only was he openly unfaithful to her (as, it must be said, she was to him), he was physically abusive, too. On Easter Sunday 1955, he was leaving the Magdala public house in South Hill Park, Hampstead, North London, when Ruth ambushed him and shot him five times. The sixth shot from the .38 Smith and Wesson ricocheted off the pavement and wounded a lady bystander in the hand. At her trial, Ruth pleaded "Not Guilty". She testified of Blakely, "He only used to hit me with his fists and hands, but I bruise very easily, and I was full of bruises on many occasions." However, she admitted that "It was obvious that when I shot him I intended to kill him", and she was found guilty, and became the fifteenth woman, and the last, in the 20th Century to be hanged. Thomas L. Jones has written "The misfortune of Ruth Ellis was not just that she killed a man. Nor was it that his death resulted in her being hanged, the last woman ever by the British judicial system. The real tragedy of Ruth Ellis was that she died for the love of a man who did not deserve it”. (bio by: Iain MacFarlaine) 

Cause of death: Murdered (shot)
 
Burial:
Holy Trinity Churchyard
Penn
Chiltern District
Buckinghamshire, England
Plot: Plot 48 in the graveyard extension
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Iain MacFarlaine
Record added: Jun 21, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6532292
David Blakely
Added by: Iain MacFarlaine
 
David Blakely
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David Blakely
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