Herbert Clemdon (Herb) BLYTON

BLYTON, Herbert Clemdon

Service Number: 1619
Enlisted: 8 January 1916, Dubbo
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 54th Infantry Battalion
Born: Cooma, New South Wales, Australia, 15 July 1894
Home Town: Cooma, Cooma-Monaro, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Dredge hand & Engine driver
Died: Killed in Action, France, 15 May 1917, aged 22 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bathurst War Memorial Carillon, Stuart Town Memorial Gates, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

8 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1619, 54th Infantry Battalion, Dubbo
14 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, 1619, 54th Infantry Battalion
14 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, 1619, 54th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney
15 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1619, 54th Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (Second)

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Herbert Clemdon BLYTON was born on 15th July, 1894 in Cooma, New South Wales

His parents were Henry BLYTON & Eliza GLANVILLE who married in Cooma on 3rd June 1879

He enlisted in Dubbo on 8th January 1916 and embarked with the 54th Infantry Battalion, 2nd reinforcements from Sydney on the HMAT Ceramic on 14th April, 1916

Herbert was Killed in Action at Bullecourt, France on 15th May, 1917 - no known grave

His name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial , the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial & the Hill End War Memorial NSW


His brother Bertrude Leopold BLYTON (SN 1618) who was also with the 54th Infantry battalion died on the same day as Herbert



"Years may pass away, dear brothers

but your faces will never fade,

for we love you still both as dearly

though you're in your silent graves"


In sad but loving memory of our dear brothers & uncles

Bertrude & Herbert BLYTON - killed in action in the battle of Bullecourt, May 15, 1917

"When last we saw their smiling faces

they looked so strong and brave

we little thought how soon they'd be laid in a soldiers grave

God alone knows how we miss them

as it dawns another year"