|Date of birth|
|Place of birth||Stawell, Victoria|
|Address||Wakeham Street, Stawell, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||26|
|Next of kin||Father, George Blackman, Wakeham Street, Stawell, Victoria|
|Rank on enlistment||Lance Corporal|
|Unit name||8th Battalion, E Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/25/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A24 Benalla on
|Regimental number from Nominal Roll||Commissioned|
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Captain|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||8th Battalion|
Unit: 8th Battalion
Unit: 8th Battalion
|Recommendations (Medals and Awards)||
'Splendid courage and coolness at Pozieres.'
'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.'
Mention in Despatches
Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).
|Fate||Returned to Australia
'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
Silver Medal for Bravery (Montenegro)
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
|Family/military connections||Cousins: 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.|
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western FrontMedals: Military Cross, Silver Medal for Bravery, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Date of death|
|Age at death||86|
|Place of burial||Ararat Cemetery, Victoria|