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Clarence Douglas BLACKADDER

Regimental number1402
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
OccupationCommercial traveller
Address5 Temple Street, Stanmore, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, T Blackadder, 5 Temple Street, Stanmore, New South Wales
Enlistment date7 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name33rd Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/50/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 4 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll33rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work near Bray-sur-Somme on 22-23 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 9 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 September 1919

Military Medal

'For most distinguished gallantry during the operations near BRAY SUR SOMME on 22nd/23rd August, 1918. Sergeant BLACKADDER was in charge of the Regimental transport. He led his teams over exposed and very heavily shelled country with the greatest resourcefulness and courage. In spite of heavy machine gun fire he took hot food and 20,000 rounds of S.A.A. up to the front line and himself saw to the distribution. These supplies reached our advanced troops at a critical and anxious time. Returning from the front line he searched for wounded and brought them back in his limbers to the R.A.P. The value of Sergeant BLACKADDER's cannot be overestimated. He displayed great courage, coolness and sound judgment. His splendid conduct and leadership inspired his men with the greatest confidence.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 1403 Pte Edwin Roland BLACKADDER, 33rd Bn, effective abroad (still overseas).
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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