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Final Shoreham crash victim the "kindest and most generous man"

Published 02/09/2015

Floral tributes are left on a bridge near the A27 at Shoreham in West Sussex, close to the scene of the Shoreham air disaster
Floral tributes are left on a bridge near the A27 at Shoreham in West Sussex, close to the scene of the Shoreham air disaster

The last victim of the Shoreham air disaster to be named has been described by his family as the "kindest and most generous man".

Graham Mallinson, a 72-year-old retired engineer from Newick in East Sussex, was watching the airshow from the A27 when a vintage Hawker Hunter jet failed to pull out of a loop stunt and crashed onto the busy trunk road, exploding into a fireball and killing 11 people.

His family said in a statement: "He was the kindest and most generous man, who regularly gave his time to help others.

"Always loyal and reliable, he was a private and loving family man with a great sense of humour.

"A very caring husband and father who was dearly loved, he will be very sorely missed by all his family and the wide circle of friends who had the good fortune to know him."

A life member and active volunteer of the Bluebell Railway in East Sussex, he had recently developed an interest in photographing vintage aircraft and was at Shoreham to capture one of the last flights of the Vulcan bomber.

His family said: "He was at the right place at the wrong time, doing what he loved best on a beautiful summer's day."

The tribute was released as the inquest into the deaths of the victims was opened at County Hall North in Horsham, West Sussex.

All the victims' names were officially confirmed before a minute's silence was held during the hearing.

Some families of those who died on August 22 attended the opening of the inquiry by West Sussex senior coroner Penelope Schofield.

As inquiries continue by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch, Ms Schofield adjourned the inquest to a date to be fixed.

The coroner said: "I will conduct and full and fearless inquiry as the law requires but as you can imagine this will take time for the various agencies to report to me."

She added: "Many people have been affected by the tragic events in August 22 2015 and my thoughts are primarily with the families."

A pre-inquest review will be held on March 22 and Ms Schofield said she would provisionally set the full inquest into all the deaths next June, ahead of the first anniversary of the disaster.

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