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Claude BLATCHFORD

Regimental number4983
Place of birthSt Kilda, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
Address849 Drummond Street, North Carlton, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinWife, Mrs Gertrude Isabell Blatchford, 849 Drummond Street, North Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date8 November 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll30 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A33 Ayrshire on 3 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 14 October 1917

Distinguished Conduct Medal (altered to Military Medal)


Recommendation date: 24 May 1918

FateReturned to Australia 7 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous courage and devotion to duty. Although wounded prior to the attack he refused to leave the line. At ZONNEBEKE on 4th October, 1917, he led his section with the utmost courage and determination. During the advance he made his men fire from the hip with their rifles giving clear and deliberate fire orders and causing casualties to the enemy. On 9th October, 1917, during the attack he again displayed the qualities of leadership to a very marked degree and proved of great assistance to his Officers. The men were greatly fatigued and suffering from exposure but this N.C.O.'s concern for their comfort, his initiative and his fine personal example enabled them to hold on in a difficult position until relief arrived.'

Family/military connectionsBrother: 1883 Pte Edward BLATCHFORD, 60th Bn, killed in action, Polygon Wood, Ypres, Belgium, 25 September 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Edited the trench newspaper, 'The Echo'.
Date of death10 July 1933
Place of burialSt Kilda Cemetery

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