Thomas Douglas (Tom) BLACKHURST

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BLACKHURST, Thomas Douglas

Service Number: 19983
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV)
Born: Belmont, New South Wales, 14 October 1946
Home Town: Belmont, Lake Macquarie Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Soldier
Died: Killed in Action, South Vietnam, 17 April 1971, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Belmont Cemetery, NSW
Cof E ,Row E, Lot 24
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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Vietnam War Service

12 Apr 1967: Involvement Australian Army, SN 19983, 7th Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR)
21 Jan 1970: Involvement Australian Army, SN 19983, 1st Australian Reinforcement Unit, Vietnam
28 Feb 1970: Involvement Australian Army, SN 19983, 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR)
28 May 1970: Involvement Australian Army, SN 19983, 1st Australian Reinforcement Unit, Vietnam
22 Oct 1970: Involvement Australian Army, Corporal, SN 19983, Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV)

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Biography

19983 Temporary Corporal
Thomas Douglas Blackhurst
Australian Army Training Team Vietnam
Killed in Action when Dust-off Helicopter crash landed on top of him.
Also the 9 Sqn RAAF Chopper that went down they were declared MIA's for quite a while in the case of the 2 Army members on board - NOTE - Cpl Blackhurst was only recently returned to Australia after his body was located in Vietnam.

A memorial in Newcastle's Civic Park to local soldiers killed in Vietnam includes the names of Private Stephen Dickson, Corporal Tom Blackhurst, and Private ‘Ziggy' Trzecinski

Information from Find a Grave Memorial

 

 

Two Australians were killed and four wounded when an RAAF medical evacuation helicopter was shot down by a Vietcong rocket-propelled grenade in South Vietnam on Saturday. 

The Helicopter was hovering over a landing zone with four RAAF crewmen and a Australian medic on board, when it was shot down.

An Australian soldier who was directing the landing operation, Corporal Thomas Douglas Blackhurst, of Westmead, NSW was killed.

Another soldier, Lance-Corporal John Francis Gilespie of Riverstone, NSW, a member of the 8th Field Ambulance, was also killed. He was inside the helicopter when it crashed.

Information from The Sydney Morning Herald Newspaper April 20 1971 page 2

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