Frederick Rodford BLANDFORD

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BLANDFORD, Frederick Rodford

Service Number: 2869
Enlisted: 15 June 1916, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 53rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Newcastle, New South Wales, 22 December 1894
Home Town: Newcastle, Hunter Region, New South Wales
Schooling: Hamilton Superior Public School
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed In Action, Polygon Wood, Belgium, Polygon Wood, Zonnebeke, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium, 26 September 1917, aged 22 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hamilton St. Peter's Church Honor Roll, Hamilton Superior Public School Roll of Honour, Hamilton War Memorial, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), Wickham Public School Great War Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

15 Jun 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sydney, New South Wales
26 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2869, 53rd Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
26 Oct 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2869, 53rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Sydney

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Biography

"KILLED IN ACTION. PRIVATE F. BLANDFORD.

Mr. and Mrs. F. Blandford, of Murray Street, Hamilton, have received a cable message advising that their son, Private Fred. Blandford, had been killed in action in France on September 20. Private Blandford sailed from Australia on October 25, 1916." - from the Newcastle Northern Times 17 Oct 1917 (nla.gov.au)

"HAMILTON.

A memorial service was held in St. Peter's Church of England on Sunday evening, when a large congregation paid a tribute of respect to the memory of the late F. Blandford, G. Way. W. Cram, Lancelot-Quick, and John B. Hardy, former members of the church, who had died in the service of their country. Canon Ramm was the preacher, and he was as- sisted in the service by the Rev. F. S. Griffiths. An appropriate musical setting was given by the choir, and Mr. C. Hurn contributed a vocal solo, "Come Unto Me." Miss E. Emerson conducted the musical portion of the service." - from the Newcastle Morning Herald 07 Nov 1917 (nla.gov.au)

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Frederick Rodford BLANDFORD was born in Newcastle, NSW on 22nd December, 1894

His parents were Frederick Charles BLANDFORD & Caroline NORD who married in 1886 (NSW)