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John Reginald BLACKMAN, Lieutenant M.C.

John Reginald BLACKMAN, Lieutenant M.C.

Male 1889 - 1975  (85 years)

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  • Name John Reginald BLACKMAN  [1
    • M.C.=military cross at Gallipoli WWI several wounds during his enlistment 1914-1919. enlisted 1914 immediately made a corporal, then inside a few months a Sgt, and then second Lieut. whereafter a yet unexplained presence in the country of Montenegro (just north of Italy) was awarded a silver cross by the King, and soon after during Gallipoli was awarded a military cross in 1918 and thereafter received a very nasty gun shot wound to his L shoulder which eventually caused his termination from the army.
    Suffix Lieutenant M.C. 
    Born 16 Aug 1889  Stawell Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Military Service 18 Aug 1914  WWI Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    ENLISTED AT Stawell Vic and joined 8th Battalion, Serial No523 
    Military Service 31 Oct 1916  WWI Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Awarded 31 Oct 1916 by His Majesty King of Montenegro; Serbia the Silver Medal of Bravery 
    Military Service 14 Oct 1917  WWI Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Excerpt from London Gazette Supplement dated 18 Jul 1918 fighting in France (1916-1919). "For conspicuoius gallantry and devotion to duty in an attack. He showed great dash and determination in attacking a strong point which was holding up the advance of his company and with a few men, took 42 prisoners and 2 machine guns. He did excellent work in selecting positions for Lewis Guns which covered the consolidation. His cheerfulness and courage inspired his men with confidence."  
    Military Service 18 Apr 1919  WWI Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Discharged as Captain, from London by ship to Australia with Montegnegrin Silver Medal, Military Cross on 11 Jul 1919, and on discharge the BWMedal, 14-15 Star, and the Victory Cross.  
    Military Service 11 Jul 1919  France Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Military Cross award after many reports on records of commendation and comments on 11 Jul 1919. Received a severely damaging gun shot wounds to L shoulder. Eventually terminated too ill to continue. 
    Biography Notes 11 Aug 1931  Ararat Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    At the annual meeting: of the Ararat
    Legacy Club Mr; J. R. Blackman was ap-
    pointed president, Messrs. J. M. Lyle
    and C. McKay vice-presidents, Mr. C, C
    Murray secretary. Mr P. J. Sullivan treasurer
    Mr. J. Dunnachie sergeant at arms,
    Mr> Bethell Liason Officer, Mr. R. Fairnie
    editor of the bulleton. During the evening
    the ex-president, Mr. Roy Stewart,
    was the recipient of a gold badge and a
    past-president's certificate. 
    Military Service 19 May1915  WWI Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Promoted to Sergeant and embarked Gallipolli 
    Military Service 1930's  Stawell Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Served 3 years in VICTORIA RANGERS pre enlistment.  
    Military Service 4 Apr 1967  Ararat Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Fathers letter of application for ANZAC commemoration medal and lapel badge. 
    Occupation 1900's  Stawell Vic Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Grocer by trade on military record 
    Died 24 Apr 1975  Ararat Vic Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I-9100  Christina and Donald McLean
    Last Modified 26 Mar 2021 

    Family Mary Anne EDMONDS,   b. 00 Jan 1893, Ararat Vic Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Sep 1971, Ararat Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years) 
    Children 
    +1. L B
    Last Modified 17 May 2020 08:39:40 
    Family ID F-3057  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos

    WWI (Military Cross, Silver Cross and others) John Reginald Blackman Captain

    Military Cross third highest level of award during WWI. Awarded to 98 people in WWI
    Military Cross WWI awarded 14 Oct 1917 to Lieutenant Blackman.
    Military Cross WWI awarded 14 Oct 1917 to Lieutenant Blackman.
    MILITARY CROSS(overview)Est:28Dec1914, usually awarded for “…gallantry during active operations against the enemy…DESCRIPTION-Obverse Straight armed silver cross, Central Royal Cypher.Reverse: plain.PRESENTED BY-United Kingdom and Commonwealth. FIRST AWARDED 1 Jan 1915 to 98 officers and warrant officers.AWARDED WWI 14OCT17(P59 military record)Photo provided by his grandson James Mclean, [son of Alfred McLean and Lola nee Blackman-and only daughter of John Blackman] (one person still living is not visible I-3838)

    Documents

    Military record with medals awarded to JR Blackman in WWII;- 1914/1915 British Star, Victory Medal, and British War Medal

  • Sources 
    1. [S-117] National Archive of Australia Military Records, military record on naa.gov.au, 9 Jun 2020 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      NOK FATHER GEORGE BLACKMAN m. Mary Jane Cox Ararat Victoria in 1868:SOURCE:BDM Victoria Registration No 24950 / 1888

    2. [S-3] BRB 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', 1995 copies available, Copies of the BRB available Strathalbyn National Trust Museum & Library, several libraries around Australia including State Library SA, and Western Australian Genealogical Society Bayswater WA Request assistance for locating a copy through 'Contact us' on this website. , 9 Jun 2020 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      BLACKMAN , John Reginald . 24 April 1975 . Aged 86 years-deducted no family submissions
      BLACKMAN , Mary Anne . 19 September 1971 . Aged 78 years-deducted no family submissions

    3. [S-97] BDM VIC, https://my.rio.bdm.vic.gov.au/efamily-history/5ecb181d19c376235e270f02/results?q=efamily, 9 Jun 2020 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      BLACKMAN John Reginald Birt to Mother:Mary Jane COX, Father:George STAWELL b.1888 REF24950/1888

    4. [S-117] National Archive of Australia Military Records, 52, 9 Jun 2020 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      DOB in Military Records page 52

    5. [S-117] National Archive of Australia Military Records, military record on naa.gov.au, 9 Jun 2020 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      as attached

    6. [S-117] National Archive of Australia Military Records, military record on naa.gov.au, 9 Jun 2020 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      as attached

    7. [S-117] National Archive of Australia Military Records, naa.gov.au, 9 Jan 2021 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      Military records offers full promotional process and details around his heroic acts and awards.

    8. [S-213] NEWSPAPER TROVE The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Vic, https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/203026870?searchTerm=%22Mr%20J.%20Blackman%22%20AND%20Ararat&searchLimits=l-state=Victoria#, 9 Jun 2020 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      Mr J R Blackman nominated president of Legacy Ararat vic.