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James Joseph Blackburn

Ashburton War Memorial. Photo G.A. Fortune, 2003. - Image has All Rights Reserved

Ashburton War Memorial. Photo G.A. Fortune, 2003. - Image has All Rights Reserved


  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Joseph AWMM
  • Surname
    Blackburn AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 29728 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs E. Blackburn (mother), Dromore, Ashburton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 29728 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Medal (MM) AWMM
      Military Medal London Gazette, 17 June 1919, p7700, Rec No 3114: For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On the 23rd October 1918, in the operations near Salesches, the company to which Sergeant Blackburn belonged, on obtaining its objective, came under heavy machine gun fire. Sergeant Blackburn at great personal risk, advanced alone over fire-swept ground, and marked down these guns. Returning, he brought up our own Lewis Guns and put the enemy out of action, thus enabling patrols to go on. His section saved casualties, and his example inspired the men who saw him. Throughout the entire operation the NCO rendered very valuable service. AWMM
    • Croix de Guerre (Belgium) AWMM
      Croix de Guerre (Belgium). London Gazette, 5 April 1919, p4528, Rec No 2833: For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the advances on the 24th August 1918 near Bapaume. Sergeant Blackburn controlled and led his platoon through the enemy machine gun and artillery barrage and consolidated a position from which his platoon using their Lewis Guns and rifles, assisted in disorganising the enemy who were massing for counter attack. During the attack at Haplincourt on the 2nd September 1918, he again showed great control and initiative when his platoon was held up by machine gun fire. He salvaged a German machine gun with which he neutralised the enemy fire thus enabling his section to outflank the enemy strong point and capture the garrison. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Labourer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Mrs. E. Blackburn, of Dromore, Ashburton, New Zealand.

    Remembered on the Ashburton War Memorial. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    7 November 1918 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Caudry British Cemetery, Nord, France AWMM IV D 23 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Ashburton War Memorial, Ashburton, New Zealand AWMM

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