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Regimental number575
Place of birthSt Arnaud, Victoria
SchoolState School, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 7"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Victoria Blanch, Birchip, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 September 1914
Place of enlistmentSwan Hill, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Light Horse Regiment, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/14/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A52 Surada on 6 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Light Horse Regiment
FateKilled in Action 20 June 1915
Place of death or woundingAnzac Cove, Gallipoli, Turkey
Date of death20 June 1915
Age at death20.8
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialAri Burnu Cemetery (Row B, Grave No. 17), Anzac, Gallipoli, Turkey
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry and Victoria BLANCH, Birchip, Victoria
Family/military connectionsUncle and 7 cousins killed
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 16 May 1915.

Found guilty, 2 June 1915, of disobeying an order: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Killed in action, Bullet Head, Gallipoli, 20 June 1915; buried at Ari Burnu.

Medals:1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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