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2nd Home Counties Field Coy.
23 november 1873 , Hastings , Sussex
5 march 1915
Eldest son of William James Blackman , of 86 Church Street , Ore
He married first at Ore, Laura who died 12 july 1910 and secondly,7 october 1911 at Ore , Philly Jane and had three children:
- Thomas William , born 24 may 1907
- Rose , born 2 july 1908
- Laura , born 20 february 1910
Special Memorial 3
13 october 1914
22 december 1914
5 march 1915
Proceeded to the Front
Killed in action
His Captain wrote:
' He was carrying out last night some dangerous work in front of our trenches and was hit by a stray bullet."
14 january 1915
Gazetted to the Devonshire Regiment and joined the 1stBn.
In Rangoon , returning with his battalion from Burmah in December 1908, he then served at Tidworth
Was promoted Lieutenant , and, volunteering in the following year for service under the Colonial Office, he was sent to East Africa, joined the 3rd Battalion of the King’s African Rifles, and served with the Camel Corps in and around Nairobi.
At one time he was in command at Kubal, on Lake Rudolph, one of the most isolated outposts of the British Empire.
Obtaining leave of absence, he returned to England, and volunteering on the outbreak of war, he asked for and obtained permission to rejoin his regiment, and proceeded with it on active service.
The day he was killed, a shell had burst in one of the supporting trenches occupied by his battalion, and the explosion at first caused some little excitement.
Lieutenant Ditmas, who was in command of the trench, leaving the next senior officer and Sergeant Major to look after his company, ran out to see what had happened, and had just signalled back that there was nothing serious, and was laughing to steady his men, when he was shot dead by either a German sniper or a stray bullet.
His body was brought back and afterwards buried in the cemetery at Wulverghem.