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John Clarence BLINMAN

Regimental number9412
Place of birthUnley, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressHenley Beach, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 8"
Weight159 lbs
Next of kinFather, Richard H Blinman, Henley Beach, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed in 76th Infantry Battalion, Senior Cadets (still serving at time of AIF enlistment).
Enlistment date28 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll11 August 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameField Ambulance 3, Reinforcement 15
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/46/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 16 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 31 May 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near MORLANCOURT, South West of ALBERT on 29th July 1918, when stretcher bearing on the BRAY-CORBIE Road. He carried a stretcher for several hours without rest under heavy shell and machine gun fire along a track under enemy observation. Hearing that a man had been wounded near the support lines and was lying there unattended he conducted a search over a heavily shelled area and having located the wounded man he led out his squad and brought him in safely. he showed the greatest courage and initiative throughout and his example had an excellent effect on the bearers working on the BRAY-CORBIE Road, which was the most trying portion of the Divisional front.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

Discharge date28 August 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Taken on strength, 14th Field Artillery Brigade, Ismailia, 28 April 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 28 June 1916.

Admitted to 14th Field Ambulance, 16 June 1917 (pyrexia unknown origin); transferred to 56th Casualty Clearing Station, 17 June 1917; to Ambulance Train, 28 June 1917, and admitted to 12th General Hospital, 29 June 1917 (trench fever); discharged to and admitted to 2nd Convalescent Depot, 29 June 1917; rejoined unit, 13 July 1917.

On furlough to England, 3 September 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 18 September 1917.

Wounded in action, 15 October 1917 (gassed); admitted to 3rd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, 15 October 1917; transferred to Ambulance Train, 16 October 1917; to 83rd General Hospital, 17 October 1917; to England, 28 October 1917, and admitted to Eastbourne Military Hospital, 29 October 1917; to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 3 December 1917; discharged on furlough, 7 December 1917, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 21 December 1917. Marched in to Australian Army Medical Corps Depot, Parkhouse, 22 February 1918. Found guilty, 7 March 1918, of being absent without leave at Parkhouse from 2400, 5 March, to 1230, 6 March 1918: admonished and forfeited 1 day's pay. Proceeded overseas to France, 27 March 1918; rejoined unit in the field, 16 April 1918.

Detached to 28th Company, Australian Army Service Corps, 16 September 1918.

Awarded Military Medal.

On leave to United Kingdom, 2 December 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 23 December 1918.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 9 April 1919; marched in to No 5 Group, Weymouth, 17 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Aeneas', 31 May 1919; disembarked Melbuorne, 12 July 1919, for onward travel by rail to Adelaide; discharged, 28 August 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death10 July 1965
Place of burialCentennial Park Cemetery

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