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Arthur Seaforth BLACKBURN

Regimental number3l
Date of birth25 November 1892
Place of birthWoodville, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
Address2 Commercial Road, Hyde Park, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 9"
Weight125 lbs
Next of kinBrother, Dr C B Blackburn, 12 Macleay Street, Potts Point, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the South Australian Scottish Regiment, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll24 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board Transport A11 Ascanius on 20 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: 10th Battalion
Promotion date: 0408/1915


Unit: 10th Battalion
Promotion date: 20/021916

FateReturned to Australia 16 October 1916

Victoria Cross

'For most conspicuous bravery. He was directed with 50 men to drrive the enemy from a strong point. By dogged determination he eventually captured their trench after personally leading four separate parties of bombers against it, many of whom became casualties.In face of fierce opposition he captured 250 yares of trrench. Then, after crawling forward with a sergeant to reconnoitrre, he returrned attack and seized another 120 yards of trench, establishing communication with the battalion on his left.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

Family/military connectionsBrothers: Lt Colonel Charles Bickerton BLACKBURN OBE, Australian Army Medical Corps, returned to Australia, 14 March 1919; 434 Sapper John Stewart BLACKBURN, 3rd Field Company Engineers, returned to Australia, 23 October 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Victoria Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served in World War II: enlisted, 18 June 1940; prisoner of war, 1942-1945; discharged, 18 July 1946, as SX6962 Lt Colonel, 2/3rd Machine Gun Bn.
Date of death24 November 1960
Age at death68
Place of burialAIF Cemetery, West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B883, BLACKBURN Arthur Seaforth

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