Links to entries on the Virtual War Memorial Australia of family members who have served Australia in its armed forces and went in harm’s way in the country’s name during conflicts from the Boer War to the present day.
‘Harm’s way’ is defined by official recognition in the form of the award of a service or campaign medal. These include South African Medal (Boer War), British War Medal (WW1), Australian Service Medal (WW2, 1945-75, 1975-current) and the equivalent Active Service medals, and the more recent Operational Service Medal.
Lewis Gordon Blackmore
(1886-1916) Son of Edwin Gordon Blackmore. Served in AIF, WW1, Gallipoli and killed in action at Pozieres, France, aged 30 years.
George Edward Blackmore
(1874-1952) Son of Edwin Gordon Blackmore. Served in South Aust. Bushmen’s Contingent, Boer War, South Africa.
Dudley Colin Suttor
(1892-1962) Grandson of Wiliam Henry Suttor and son of Walter Sydney Suttor. Served in AIF, WW1, Egypt, France, Belgium and England.
Dud enlisted in the Australian Imperial Expeditionary Forces on 16th June 1915, at the age of 23, and three months. He was posted to the 15th Army Service Corps 4th Reinforcements. On 30th September embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire. (Note: Some 328,583 Australian men and 2,131 women enlisted during WW1) On the 18th December 1915 he was absorbed into the 15th A.A.S.C 2nd Division Training from the 4th Reinforcements. His initial rank was “Driver”, being promoted to Lance Corporal on the 1st September 1916.
Prof. Archibald Watson
(1849-1940) Son of Sydney Grandison Watson. Surgeon, served in South Aust. Bushmen’s Contingent, Boer War and AIF, WW1, Egypt.
Lewis Kinleside Blackmore
(1917-1995) Grandson of Edwin Gordon Blackmore and son of John Coleridge Blackmore. Served in RAAF as an Aircraft Fitter, WW2, Was at Darwin during Japan’s bombing attack in February 1942 and later that year, posted to Daly Waters. Discharged in 1943 to take up “civilian duties”.
Henry Colridge Blackmore
(1916-2006?) Grandson of Edwin Gordon Blackmore and son of Gordon Patteson Blackmore. Served in AIF, WW2, England, Egypt and New Guinea. He was in the 2/10th Aust Infantry Battalion and present at the Siege of Tobruk in 1941 and later served a couple of postings to New Guinea and contracted severe Malaria. (Limited detail on Virtual War Memorial Australia Link)
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Link to Wikipedia on 2/10th Australian Infantry Battalion:-
James Gordon Ross Blackmore
(1915-1995) Grandson of Edwin Gordon Blackmore and son of Gordon Patteson Blackmore. Served in AIF, WW2, 2/27th Infantry Battalion which saw service in the Middle East and New Guinea. (Limited detail on Virtual War Memorial Australia Link)
Link to Australian War Memorial on 2/27th Australian Infantry Battalion:-
Link to Wikipedia on 2/27th Australian Infantry Battalion:-
Edwin Gordon Blackmore CMG
(1837-1909) Served in Taranaki Rifle Volunteers, New Zealand, during Maori Wars.
Edwin emigrated to New Zealand in 1854 with his parents and brothers and sisters on the advice of the eldest brother Edward who had become secretary to Governor Grey. In the Maori war Blackmore joined the Taranaki Rifle Volunteers, was in reserve at the action at Poutoko on 2 October 1863 and present at the storming and capture of the Maori strongholds of Ahuahu and Kaitake in March 1864; for these services he received the New Zealand Medal. Edwin then went to South Australia following his brother James Newnham Blackmore.
Thirty-five years later, when the call to arms came for the Boer War, he drew on his military background as honorary organizing secretary of the movement in South Australia to raise a Bushmen’s Corps, and served on the sub-committee which equipped and mounted the corps. He recorded these tasks in The Story of the South Australian Bushmen’s Corps (Adelaide, 1900).
David Gregory Blackmore
(1969-Living) Grandson of Lewis Kinleside Blackmore. Served in the RAAF, as an aircraft technician (engines and airframes), for 10 years from the 13th September 1989 until the 12th September 1999 with postings including Amberley, Williamtown and Tindal. David then served a further 10 years with the Australian Federal Police at Darwin Airport.