Service Number: NX1864
Enlisted: 1 November 1939, Manilla, NSW
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 2nd/2nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Manilla, New South Wales, Australia, 13 September 1915
Home Town: Manilla, Tamworth Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Wool Classer
Died: Killed in Action, Papua, 5 November 1942, aged 27 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Manilla Heritage Museum BLACKWELL/ROBERTS Memorial Plaque, Port Moresby (Bomana) Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement SN NX1864
1 Nov 1939: Enlisted Sergeant, SN NX1864, 2nd/2nd Infantry Battalion, Manilla, NSW
1 Nov 1939: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Sergeant, SN NX1864, 2nd/2nd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of James Aubrey and Elizabeth Blackwell, of Manilla, New South Wales

Pte. Blackwell joined the A.I.F. in October 1939. He sailed in January 1940; took part in the Lybian Campaign at Bardia and Tobruk; took part in the Campaign in Greece and with ten other soldiers escaped in a boat from Greece, travelled through Turkey and rejoined his unit.