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Macalister Adair BLAIN

Regimental number2126
Date of birth21 November 1897
Place of birthInverell, New South Wales
SchoolSilverspur State School, Queensland; Perth Modern School, Western Australia
AddressServitus Street, Osborne Park, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21.3
Height5' 9"
Weight125 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Katurah Anne Blain, Maidenwell PO, Maidenwell, Nanango, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil (exempt area under Compulsory Military Training scheme)
Enlistment date13 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll29 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name51st Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/68/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 9 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 6 October 1919
Discharge date31 December 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Pekeha', 6 October 1919; disembarked Fremantle, 16 November 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Perth, 31 December 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Elected to Federal Parliament in 1934 as Independent Member for the Northern Territory. Also served in World War II: enlisted 6 July 1940 (having reduced age from 46 to 43 to comply with regulations for professional men); captured in Singapore and remained a prisoner of war until 1945 (the only Federal MP to be captured); discharged, 23 January 1946, as NX5669, Sergeant, 2/12th Field Company.
Date of death28 April 1983
SourcesNAA B883 File No 4616685

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