Peter Stubbs - Press Gazette

Peter Stubbs

Daily Mirror photographer Peter Stubbs has died in Australia, aged 87.

A navigator on bombers during the Second World War, Peter had been shot down outside Paris and given refuge by a French family who hid him in the attic above their cafe.

After a few months in hiding, he developed appendicitis and, fearing that the family would be shot for harbouring him if they sought medical help, Peter walked towards Paris where he was eventually spotted, gave himself up, and was taken to hospital for treatment. He refused to tell the Gestapo where he had been hiding.

After the war, he joined the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo as a photographer, and with his pal Charles Owens (then on the Liverpool Express) made a pilgrimage back to the cafe where his hosts were delighted to learn that he had not been executed after his capture.

Peter then became the Daily Mail photographer in Liverpool, until he decided to emigrate to New Zealand.

But he he found newspaper work there too slow for his enthusiastic nature and returned to England to join the Daily Mirror as staffman in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, later moving to Manchester.

Considered one of the nicest guys in national newspapers, Peter retired in 1981 and moved to Australia, returning frequently to visit former chums.

Charles Owens, who became the Mirror's Merseyside-based photographer, said: "Peter was much more than just a colleague. He was a great friend, and devoted both to his work and to the paper. His death is a great loss to his many friends."

Peter is survived by his Australian-born wife Audrey and his two sons.