Mayor, Nazi hunter and supersonic pilot

Harry Cartmell who died last week. Below: Mr Cartmell (centre), then deputy mayor, and Mayor of Lytham John Gouldborn meet the captain of the first Blackpool to Southport Hovercraft in 1973 in St Annes.
Harry Cartmell who died last week. Below: Mr Cartmell (centre), then deputy mayor, and Mayor of Lytham John Gouldborn meet the captain of the first Blackpool to Southport Hovercraft in 1973 in St Annes.
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A former Mayor of Fylde who helped hunt down Nazi war criminals after the Second World War, has died.

Harry Cartmell passed away, aged 91, in Blackpool Victoria Hospital on Thursday July 25.

Mr Cartmell (centre), then deputy mayor, and Mayor of Lytham John Gouldborn meet the captain of the first Blackpool to Southport Hovercraft in 1973 in St Annes.

Mr Cartmell (centre), then deputy mayor, and Mayor of Lytham John Gouldborn meet the captain of the first Blackpool to Southport Hovercraft in 1973 in St Annes.

He was a councillor from 1965 until 1979, first on the old Lytham St Annes Borough Council, and then on Fylde Council, and was Fylde Mayor in 1976/77.

Mr Cartmell served in North Africa during the Second World War before he was captured and held as a prisoner in Germany from February 1944 until hostilities ended.

Immediately after the war, he went to work for the War Crimes Investigation Unit and tracked down and interrogated suspected war criminals across Europe.

His father Cyril set up the famous Preston Pals during the First World War.

After he was demobbed, Mr Cartmell studied law and became a solicitor.

In his spare time, one of his passions was flying and he held a private pilot’s licence.

His son Barrie said: “When he was mayor, he went to BAE at Warton and he was the first mayoral civilian to fly supersonic in a Jaguar jet, which he allegedly piloted for 25 minutes.

“He was also very active with the RNLI and was honorary life president of Lytham Lifeboat, and he founded the Lions International charity in St Annes.

“He lived a very full life.”

Mr Cartmell leaves his wife Audrey, children Barrie and Philippa, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

His funeral service will be held on Friday at 11am at St Thomas’Church in St Annes.

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