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John Blackham

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Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1916 - No known copyright restrictions
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    John AWMM
  • Surname
    Blackham AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    25/948 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    14 May 1884 AWMM InvercargillSouthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs E. Blackham (mother), Preston Street, Timaru, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    25/948 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 13 October 1915 AWMM
    Age 31 AWMM
    Mechanic/Military AWMM
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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

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Biographical information

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  • John Blackham was the son of Richard and Elizabeth Blackham, of 26, Preston St., Timaru, New Zealand. Native of Invercargill, New Zealand.

    Soon after arriving in Egypt John Blackman boarded the Alaunia, departing from Alexandria on 7 April bound for France.

    During the summer of 1916 he spent some weeks training as a pigeon handler at the Pigeon School.

    "In the autumn, whilst on the Somme, he was injured with multiple gunshot wounds. This happened the first day of the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, when the Battalion's task was to capture Flers."(Church, p.106)

    He was transferred to No.1 New Zealand General Hospital, Brockenhurst, arriving on 24 September. He died two days later. AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    26 September 1916 AWMM
    Age 32 AWMM
    BrockenhurstHampshire AWMM
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    Brockenhurst (St Nicholas) Churchyard, Hampshire, England AWMM Plot A, Row 5, Grave 9 AWMM
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Memorials

Memorial

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    • Family grave memorial, Eastern Cemetery, Tay Street, Invercargill, New Zealand AWMM
    • Memorial plaque, St Mary's Anglican Church, Timaru AWMM
    • Invercargill Cenotaph, Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand AWMM

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  • To a Great Uncle I never met Rest well in England
    Public - Pauline - Other Relative - 17 April 2015

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17 April 2015PaulineChristchurch, New ZealandOther Relative