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Regimental number13258
Place of birthBendigo, Victoria
SchoolSt Andrew's College, Bendigo, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressBendigo, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 7"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinFather, R Blennerhassett, Havelock Street, Bendigo, Victoria
Enlistment date7 August 1915
Place of enlistmentBendigo, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameArmy Medical Corps, Special Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/99/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A63 Karoola on 7 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Ambulance
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'Although suffering from a badly poisoned hand he refused offer of lighter and safer work at Ambulance H.Q. just before his death and continued his work of stretcher bearing until struck down.' (details from father)
FateKilled in Action 3 September 1916
Place of death or woundingPozieres, France
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialPozieres British Cemetery (Plot I, Row J, Grave No. 40), Ovillers-La-Boisselle, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated on St Paul's Anglican Cathedral, Bendigo, Roll of Honor ('For God and Empire 1914-1919'). The Cathedral is currently closed while undergoing extensive renovation. Parents: Richard and Annie BLENNERHASSETT, 18 Havelock Street, Bendigo, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother: 13259 Corporal John Ponsonby BLENNERHASSETT, 13th Field Ambulance, returned to Australia, 28 February 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 13th Field Ambulance, Serapeum, 20 April 1916.

Admitted to 13th Field Ambulance, 1 May 1916 (not yet diagnosed); discharged to duty, 3 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 6 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 13 June 1916.

Detached for duty with 12th Field Ambulance, 5 August 1916.

Killed in action, 3 September 1916.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BLENNERHASSETT Arthur William

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