James Henry BLIGHT

BLIGHT, James Henry

Service Number: 1633
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Monarto, South Australia , 10 April 1884
Home Town: Nairne, Mount Barker, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of wounds, France, 27 February 1917, aged 32 years
Cemetery: Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension
Plot 2 Row C Grave 20, Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, Abbeville, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Nairne War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

11 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, 1633, 48th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '19' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Aeneas embarkation_ship_number: A60 public_note: ''
11 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, 1633, 48th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Adelaide

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Biography contributed by Daniella Blight

James Henry Blight was born in 1884, in Monarto South, South Australia to his mother Mrs Jane Blight. He lived in Nairne with his mother and father Joseph Blight. He grew up following the Methodist religion. Whilst living in Nairne James worked as a labourer who constructed buildings. This required a lot of physical strength, which would aid him in his future deployment. It was not specified if James had a partner, however, he was never married.

James was enlisted due to his great physical strength on March 1st, 1916 at the age of 32. He embarked from Adelaide, South Australia on board HMAT A60 Aneas on the April 11th, 1916. The HMAT A60 Aneas was a troopship that was built in 1910 that carried 1,820 troops and weighed 10,049 tons. This ship was built to travel between Australia to South Africa for service members. The trip took 39 days and would operate once every six weeks.

James was part of the 48th Battalion which fought in the trenches of France and Belgium. After only 10 months after his deployment, soldier James Henry Blight died from mortal wounds in France on the 27th of February 1917. James rests in the Abbeville Communal Cemetery extension (plot two, row C, grave number 20) in France. Although James died early in his war years he did succeed in a variety of ways. James fought hard for his country and did anything in his power to protect it. James was quite a successful soldier in World War I and received many achievements. James won The British War Medal and the Victory Medal. The British War Medal was received by those who were involved in a campaign for the United Kindom. The Victory Medal was also a British Empire medal.



Son of Joseph BLIGHT and Jane nee STEWART