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Lyle Aubrey BLACKMAN

ReligionChurch of England
Address709 Macarthur Street, Ballarat, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, William Blackman, 709 Macarthur Street, Ballarat, Victoria
Enlistment date24 August 1914
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name8th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

'Work near Rosieres on 9 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 17 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 10 May 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and determination during the attack north of Rosieres on 9th August, 1918. He led the right forward company splendidly, and secured his objective against heavy odds in face of intense machine gun fire. Though wounded early in the advance he carried on, and personally led several bayonet charges on enemy posts, setting his men a fine example, which they were not slow to follow.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 3234 Pte Leslie Crompton BLACKMAN, 5th Bn, killed in action, Ploegsteert, Belgium, 29 June 1916; Cousins: 523 Captain John Reginald BLACKMAN, MC, 8th Bn, returned to Australia; Captain FC SALE MC, 21st Bn, returned to Australia; 475 Pte James NEELY, 24th Bn, killed in action, 29 July 1916; 1593 Pte John NEELY, 7th Bn, killed in action, 8-9 August 1915; Brother-in-law: Captain NF WELLINGTON MC, 21st Bn, returned to Australia.
Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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