Bunbury – Wellington District Western Australia
16/08/1915- Completed initial Medical Examination Bunbury, WA
22/09/1915-To 29 Depot as Private
1/11/1915-To 28th Battalion 7th Reinforcements as Sergeant
27/03/1916-Disembarked Marseilles France ex Alexandria
3/05/1916-Joined 28th Battalion in the field France & Reverts to Ranks
3/06/1916-Wounded in Action France ( Hand- Slight )
7/06/1916-Rejoined Unit in the field France ex Hospital
29/07/1916-Wounded in Action POZIERES, France ( Gunshot Wound Groin & Thigh ) ex 57th Field Ambulance ex 3rd Aust Casualty Clearing Station
29/07/1916-Admitted No. 1 Stationary Hospital France
4/08/1916-Evacuated/Admitted 3rd London General Hospital Wandsworth Common England ex Rouen France
3/09/1916-Discharged to No. 1 Command Depot Perham Downs England
22/09/1916-To 7th Training Battalion England
5/11/1916-On Command at Balliol College Oxford England then joined No. 2 Officer Cadet Battalion Pembroke College Cambridge England
28/03/1917-Promoted 2ND LIEUTENANT & Posted to Infantry Reinforcements England
2/04/1917-Granted Leave England
26/04/1917-Proceeded Overseas 2nd Aust Division Base Depot Etaples France ex Tidworth England
2/05/1917-Joined 28th Battalion in the field France
27/06/1917-Admitted 5th Aust Field Ambulance France ( PUO ) then to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station
7/07/1917-Rejoined Unit in the field France ex Field Ambulance
22/07/1917-To Corps School in the field France
26/08/1917-Rejoined Battalion in the field France ex School
8/09/1917-Admitted 7th General Hospital St Omer France ( Cellulitis Foot ) ex 7th Aust Field Ambulance
26/09/1917-Promoted LIEUTENANT in the field France
30/09/1917-Rejoined Battalion in the field Belgium ex Hospital
10/01/1918-Granted Leave England
27/01/1918-Rejoined Battalion in the field France ex Leave
1/03/1918-Transferred Overseas Training Brigade Longbridge Deverill England
30/09/1918-Proceeded Overseas Aust Infantry Base Depot Havre France ex Southampton ex Longbridge Deverill
5/10/1918-Rejoined Battalion in the field France
21/11/1918-Granted Leave Paris
3/12/1918-Rejoined Battalion in the field France ex Leave
9/02/1919-To England on Duty
1/05/1919-Attached War Records Section England
15/05/1919-Embarked England for Australia per “Orontes”
7/09/1919-Discharged from Service
SERVICE MEDALS AWARDED
British War Medal – No. 8628
Victory Medal – No. 8591
John Thomas Blair was Collie’s First School Teacher in 1899, with 36 children enrolled, after transferring from Coolup.
Collie student numbers had grown to 180 by the time Blair was transferred to the Donnybrook School in 1901.
Blair was appointed Headmaster at Bunbury Central School in 1913.
In his private life, Blair had married Jeanette ( Jessie ) Lawson in Collie in 1900, sadly their two infant sons died and are buried in the Collie Cemetery, WA. Jessie died at the age of 24 years, in 1905.
John re-married in 1910 to Mary Lillias ROBERTSON, they had no children.
Both Blair Street Bunbury and Blair Street Collie are named in his honour.
(Details provided by Don Wiggerman, Collie ( Collie Street Naming Project ).
For further reading on John ( Jack ) BLAIR’s life, please refer to the following document held by the Bunbury Historical Society, collated by Professor Adrian EGAN :-
” For whom we name our Streets – BLAIR, John Thomas, May, 2018 “.
BLAIR has also been honoured with the naming of Blair Street in Collie, WA, as he was their first School Teacher. Information provided by John BIRD ( Griffin Coal ) and refers to the book ” One Day in Collie ” by Bill WILLIAMS.