John Francis Chatham BLAGRAVE


BLAGRAVE, John Francis Chatham

Service Number: 6471
Enlisted: 27 April 1916, Dubbo, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Crookwell, New South Wales, 1896
Home Town: Brewarrina, Brewarrina, New South Wales
Schooling: Fort Street, Sydney
Occupation: Telegraph Operator
Died: Killed in action, France, 9 April 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Brewarrina Christ Church WW1 Memorial, Coonamble Municipality and Wingadee Shire HR, Gulargambone War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

27 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Dubbo, New South Wales
7 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6471, 2nd Infantry Battalion
7 Oct 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 6471, 2nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney

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John Francis Chatham BLAGRAVE was born in 1896 in Crookwell NSW, son of John Charles BLAGRAVE and Catherine Frances FITZGIBBON.

He enlisted on 27th April, 1916 with the 2nd Battalion S/N 6471, and his Unit embarked from Sydney on HMAT Ceramic on 7th October 1916

He had previously served in school cadets for 18 months

John was killed in action on 9th April, 1917 - no known grave

He is commemorated in the Australian National Memorial, Villers Bretonneux, France


Our Taralga correspdndent writes:- Mass was celebrated at the Catholic Church on Sunday last for the repose of the soul of Pte. John F. Blagrave, who was recently killed on the West front. The deceased soldier, who was only twenty-two years of age, was a son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Blagrave, of Brewarrina, and a grandson of Mr. Michael Fitzgibbon of this town. Taralga people will remember the parents of the deceased, his father being in the police force here, and his mother was Miss C. Fitzgibbon, a member of the Fitzgibbon family. The young soldier was the only son, and was by profession a wireless operator." - from the Goulburn Evening Penny Post 24 May 1917 (


OBITUARY - Freemans Jounral - 1917

This day for the repose of the soul of Private John  Blagrave who was recently killed on the Western Front.  The deceased soldier who was only 22 years of age was the son of Mr. & Mrs. J C Blagrave of Brewarrina and grandon of Mrs M Fitzgibbon.  The young solider was the only son and was a wireless operator.