Hector Gordon BLACKLER

BLACKLER, Hector Gordon

Service Number: 7493
Enlisted: 15 November 1915, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 2nd Division Headquarters
Born: Orange, New South Wales, 17 September 1891
Home Town: Georges Plains, Bathurst Regional, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: School Teacher
Died: Natural causes, Newtown, New South Wales, 6 May 1967, aged 75 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Parramatta NSW Public School Teachers Who Served Abroard Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

15 Nov 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 7493, Sydney, New South Wales
18 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 7493, 5th Field Artillery Brigade , Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
18 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 7493, 5th Field Artillery Brigade , HMAT Persic, Sydney
27 Jul 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 7493, 2nd Division Headquarters

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"After the departure of Sergeant Roy Blackler for the front with the Australian Field Artillery, the pupils of Catherine Hill Bay School, where Mr. Blackler had been stationed as teacher, sent the following letter, accompanied with an enlarged portrait of the Sergeant, to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. S. Blackler, of the Public School, Georges Plains. The address read: 

"We, the pupils of the Catherine Hill Bay Public School have much pleasure in presenting to you on behalf of ourselves and parents, this enlargement of your son's (H. G. Blackler) photograph. We were very sorry to see him go, but glad that he took up arms to help protect our lives and liberties. We all trust he will have a glorious career, and return safely to our beautiful land to take up his duties again. Our best wishes are always with him."

The address was signed by twenty-seven of the pupils. Recently Sergeant Blackler has been transferred to headquarters as draughtsman, and letters received by the family announce that both he and his brother, Reg, are quiet men, and are at the front in France. Since the Sergeant's departure his friends at George's Plains have presented his mother with a gold medal (suitably inscribed) as a mark of the esteem in which he had been held." - from the Bathurst National Advocate 29 Jul 1916 (nla.gov.au)