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John Reginald BLACKMAN

Regimental number523
Date of birth--/08/1888
Place of birthStawell, Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationGrocer
AddressWakeham Street, Stawell, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, George Blackman, Wakeham Street, Stawell, Victoria
Enlistment date18 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name8th Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: 8th Battalion
Promotion date: 20 February 1916

Lieutenant


Unit: 8th Battalion
Promotion date: 27 July 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


'Splendid courage and coolness at Pozieres.'
Recommendation date: 9 September 1916

Military Cross


'Cheerful manner, coolness and fine leadership through attack on Polygon Wood, 20 September 1917, setting fine example and enabling valuable work to be done by his Company.'
Recommendation date: 27 September 1917

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).

FateReturned to Australia 14 January 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in an attack. He showed great dash and determination in attacking a strong point which was holding up the advance of his company and with a few men captured the position and took 42 prisoners and two machine guns. He did excellent work in selecting positions for Lewis guns which covered the consolidation. His cheerfulness and courage inspired his men and confidence.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Silver Medal for Bravery (Montenegro)


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
Date: 21 August 1917

Family/military connectionsCousins: 3234 Pte Leslie Crompton BLACKMAN, 5th Bn, killed in action, Ploegsteert, Belgium, 29 June 1916; Captain Lyle Aubrey BLACKMAN, MC, 8th Bn, returned to Australia; 475 Pte James NEELY, 24th Bn, killed in action, 29 July 1916; 1593 Pte John NEELY, 7th Bn, killed in action, 8-9 August 1915; Captain FC SALE, MC, 21st Bn, returned to Australia.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, Silver Medal for Bravery, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death24 April 1975
Age at death86
Place of burialArarat Cemetery, Victoria

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