Octavius Kenneth Eason (Ken) BLOOMFIELD


BLOOMFIELD, Octavius Kenneth Eason

Service Number: 15687
Enlisted: 3 April 1916, 16th Reinforcements Sydney
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 11th Field Company Engineers
Born: Meranburn near Manildra, NSW, 1891
Home Town: Trundle, Parkes, New South Wales
Schooling: Lyndhurst Public School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Shell fire, Belgium, 24 November 1917
Cemetery: Berks Cemetery Extension
Plot II, Row C, Grave 19
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Parkes & District Cenotaph
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World War 1 Service

3 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, SN 15687, Field Company Engineers, 16th Reinforcements Sydney
31 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 15687, Field Company Engineers
31 Oct 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 15687, Field Company Engineers, HMAT Marathon, Sydney
9 Apr 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Sapper, 11th Field Company Engineers
24 Nov 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 15687, 11th Field Company Engineers

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Octavius Kenneth Eason (Ken) BLOOMFIELD was born in 1891 at Meranburn near Manildra, New South Wales

His parents were Charles BLOOMFIELD & Ellen EASON

He enlisted in Sydney on 3rd April, 1916 & embarked from Sydney on the HMAT Marathon on 31st October, 1916 with the 16th reinforcements of the Field Company Engineers

He transferred to the 10th Field Company Engineers on 9th April, 1917

Octavius was Killed in Action by shell fire in Belgium on 24th November, 1917 and was buried at Hill 63 and later reinterred in the Berks Cemetery Extension in Belgium (Plot II, Row C, Grave 19)

His name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial & the Roll of Honour at St Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church in Penrith, Sydney

Medals:  British War Medal & Victory Medal


His brother Lance Reid BLOOMFIELD (SN15637) also served in WW1 and returned to Australia in 1919

Two more brothers, Wallace & Septimus enlisted in the AIF but were demobilized a week after Armistice Day