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Francis BLACKBURN

Regimental number1514
Place of birthHawthorn, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Next of kinBrother, William Blackburn, Elderslie, New Gisborne, Victoria
Enlistment date9 December 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 December 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 19 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Pioneer Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


'Consistent good work in handling working parties under fire, and also during period as an N.C.O.'
Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Second Supplement, No. 30107, 1 June 1917; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169, 4 October 1917.
Recommendation date: 5 March 1917

Meritorious Service Medal


'Work at Hazebrouck and Proyart.'
Recommendation date: 26 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 4 June 1919
Medals

Meritorious Service Medal

'For consistently good work and devotion to duty as a platoon Sergeant from 25th February to 16th September, 1918. In the operations forward of HAZEBROUCK in April, May and June and later in advance of PROYART, Sergeant BLACKBURN was in charge of working parties engaged in the excavation and wiring of strong points. His ability and leadership have at all times been an example to all.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other detailsMedals: Meritorious Service Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death26 May 1934
Place of burialFawkner Cemetery

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