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Meredith George BLACKMAN

Regimental number3007
Date of birth8 October 1876
Place of birthMudgee, New South Wales
AddressRuthven Street, Toowoomba, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation39
Height5' 10.5"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinFather, Charles Samuel Blackman, Ruthven Street, Toowoomba, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date17 August 1915
Place of enlistmentYuleba, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A50 Itonus on 30 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Conspicuous gallantry at Pozieres, 23-25 July 1916.
Recommendation date: 1 August 1916

Bar to Military Medal

Great gallantry and devotion to duty at Lagnicourt, 15 April 1917.
Recommendation date: 18 April 1917

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Conspicuous bravery under fire, and excellent services on patrol duty. (Boursies 9 April 1917)
Recommendation date: 20 April 1917

Bar to Military Medal

Showed great coolness and example in leading men, enabling valuable services to be rendered. (Polygon Wood 20-21 September 1917 )
Recommendation date: 7 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When in charge of a patrol, which came under shell fire, he took up a position in a shell hole and opened fire on the enemy inflicting many losses and preventing the enemy counter attack from materializing.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Military Medal

'At LAGNICOURT at dawn of April 15th 1917, L. CPL. M.G. Blackman was in charge of a post in the outpost line when the enemy attacked in great force. He held his post with one man, the remainder having become casualties until surrounded. He was then ordered to retire by the officer-in-charge of the outpost line. He fought his way through the enemy and joined the picquet showing great gallantry throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Bar to Military Medal

'During the attack on POLYGON WOOD, East of YPRES on 20th/21st September, 1917, Corporal BLACKMAN, by his great coolness and personal example, kept his men together and made them take cover and thus avoiding many casualties, when his Company was heavily shelled and disorganised in the assembly position. Also during heavy enemy barrage on evening of 21st September he, with two linesmen, kept the telephone wires in repair. The relief of a flanking unit being lost, he personally conducted them to the line they were to take over. Throughout the whole operation this N.C.O.'s great courage and devotion to duty set a stirring example to his men.'

2nd Bar to Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 66
Date: 2 May 1918

Discharge date29 August 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Napier', 12 May 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), 29 August 1919.

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal & 2 Bars, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death19 October 1956
Age at death80
Place of burialGwabegar Cemetery, New South Wales

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