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Herbert Boden Blakemore
As a former Commanding Officer of the Auckland Northland Battalion, I was surprised and humbled when my brother Craig discovered Great Uncle Herbert's details in the Cenotaph records. We are a family with some tradition of military service (both historical and current) it was quite an oversight for us not to even be aware of him and his service to his country.
Public - Grant - Other relative - 7 September 2020
Like so many of the young men of his era, he was taken from us at the Battle of Ypres and I look forward to paying my respects to him when next in Europe.
We shall remember them.
Lt Col. (ret'd).
Great Uncle Herbert. Military medal recipient. Awarded medal for acts of bravery; 31st July 1917. Killed in action 4th October 1917 in lead up action to battle for Passchendaele. Alongside other soldiers including the first All Black captain; Dave Gallagher. Buried in New Irish Farm cemetary, Ypres, Belgium.
Public - Neil Brian - Other relative - 7 October 2017
100 years ago.🇳🇿
To my great uncle Herbert, killed in a foreign country aged just 20, taken way, way too young. My son Kyle turned 22 on the 23 rd of April, his whole life ahead of him, you did not get that opportunity. My daughter Jorgia turns 19 on Anzac Day, what a special day. Thank you for fighting for us and allowing my family and all New Zealanders to take each day for granted, and for you to make the ultimate sacrifice. I will be coming to Belgium in October to place poppies on your grave, and also the other New Zealand soldiers who rest in your cemetery. See you then brave soldier.
Public - Neil Brian - Other Relative - 24 April 2015