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Gordon BLACKWOOD

Regimental number2220
Place of birthPort Arthur, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationDriver
AddressSt Helens, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 9.5"
Weight135 lbs
Next of kinFather, A J Blackwood, St Helens, Tasmania
Previous military serviceNil (exempt area under Compulsory Military Training scheme)
Enlistment date29 May 1915
Place of enlistmentClaremont, Tasmania
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Trench Mortar Battery
FateKilled in Action 24 July 1918
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialBorre British Cemetery (Plot II, Row F, Grave No. 1), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
19
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: A.J. and Elvena BLACKWOOD. Native of Kellerie, Tasmania
Family/military connectionsCousin: Chaplain Donald Burns BLACKWOOD MC, Chaplains' Department, returned to Australia, 12 December 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Taken on strength, 12th Bn, Gallipoli, 6 August 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 6 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 29 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 5 April 1916.

Trnsferred to 3rd Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery, 2 August 1916.

Promoted Lance Corporal, 20 February 1917; Corporal, 3 May 1917.

On leave to Paris, 24-28 November 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 23 January 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 7 February 1918.

Killed in action, 24 July 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BLACKWOOD Gordon

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