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Regimental number1724
Place of birthCarlton, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationIron dresser
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinMother, Mrs K Blythe, 6 Barnett Street, Kensington, Victoria
Enlistment date5 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 14 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 18 June 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal (altered to Military Medal).

Recommendation date: 21 June 1918

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 17 August 1918

Bar to Military Medal

Recommendation date: 24 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 2 March 1919

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Bar to Military Medal

'On 9th August 1918 during the attack on enemy positions between VAUVILLERS and LIHONS, Lance Corporal BLYTHE displayed most gallant courage and determination. His Company was advancing under most galling machine gun fire, frontal and enfilade. This N.C.O. advanced at head of his Company, firing his Lewis Gun from the hip and giving covering fire during each stage of the advance. By his courage and determination he enabled the advance of his Company to continue to the objective and greatly inspired his comrades.'

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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