David Leighton BLYTON


BLYTON, David Leighton

Service Number: 2038
Enlisted: 3 July 1915, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 18th Infantry Battalion
Born: Cooma, New South Wales, Australia, 11 December 1883
Home Town: Dalgety, Snowy River, New South Wales
Schooling: Dalgety Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of Wounds, France, 14 February 1917, aged 33 years
Cemetery: Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Blacktown, NSW (RSL) World War 1 Soldiers Memorial, Bulli Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

3 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2038, 19th Infantry Battalion, Liverpool, New South Wales
9 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2038, 19th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
9 Aug 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2038, 19th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Runic, Sydney
29 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2038, 19th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
29 Sep 1915: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 18th Infantry Battalion
10 Feb 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 18th Infantry Battalion

David Leighton Blyton

*David was born in Cooma, NSW in January 1884.
*David's parents were Charles and Mary Blunt, he had a brother who was Alfred Henry Blyton
*David enlisted on 3rd July 1915 at the age of 31.
*David was wounded very badly by gunshots on both his chest and on both hands.
*David died in action
*David's cemetery is in Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Dernancourt, Picardie, France.
*David was educated at Dalgety Public School where he studied in with his brother.
*David's parents, unfortunately, died in Granville.
*David died at the age of 33 on the 14 February 1917 at the 45th Casualty Clearing Station.
*David is on the Roll Of Honour at Blacktown RSL

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

Son of Charles and Mary BLYTON, 1 Thomas Street, Granville, New South Wales


"...2038 (later 2038A) Private David Leighton Blyton, 18th Battalion, of Eastern Creek, NSW. A labourer prior to enlisting in July 1915, Pte Blyton embarked from Sydney with the 3rd Reinforcements on board HMAT Runic (A54) on 9 August 1915. He arrived at Gallipoli on 29 September 1915, was transferred to the 19th Battalion, and remained until the evacuation in December. Pte Blyton arrived in France on 25 March 1916 and was wounded in action in June. Appointed Lance Corporal on 10 February 1917, he was wounded in action for the second time three days later. L/Cpl Blyton died of his wounds on 14 February 1917, aged 33." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)


Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

His younger brother 35312 Percy Blyton enlisted in the 19th Battalion at Lismore NSW on 9 June 1916, aged 27. He suffered a severe epilepsy attack in camp and died at the Liverpool military hospital on 16 September 1916.

Another older brother, 22932 Lance Corporal Steven Blyton, 1st Battalion, 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade, was killed in action 5 April 1918, aged 35.

They were the sons of Charles Henry and Mary Blyton. The father, Charles had died from injuries sustained in a horse fall near Cooma, NSW, during 1892. Their mother Mary reared her three young sons and two daughters at Cooma before moving to Sydney. She lost her all three sons between 1916 and 1918.