PREVIOUS SERVICE – 1 year 86th Infantry WA
11/09/1916- To 81 Depot Blackboy Hill Camp WA as Private
14/09/1916- To 7th Reinforcements 48th Battalion
9/11/1916- Embarked Fremantle WA aboard ” Argyllshire ” bound for England
10/01/1917- Disembarked Devonport ex Australia to 12th Training Battalion Codford
29/05/1917- Proceeded Overseas 4th Australian Division Base Depot Etaples France ex Southampton ex Codford
21/06/1917- Taken on Strength 48th Battalion in the field France
1/07/1917- Died of Wounds Received in Action at Hill 63 near Messines Belgium.

DETAILS OF DEATH

The Australian Red Cross Society Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau Files have seven (7 ) statements in relation to Blechynden’s Death. One report is as follows :- ” Killed – 1/07/1917 – I saw him killed by shell at Hill 63 just behind Messines, died instantly. I was at his burial at N.Z. Cemetery near Hill 63, the Church of England Chaplain of the 4th Division buried him and a cross was placed on his grave. He came from W. Australia, we came in the same boat ” Argyllshire” left 9 November 1916. He was slight build , fair and about 20 “. Witness- 2867- TROTTER, A.L, 45th Battalion.

SERVICE MEDALS AWARDED

British War Medal – No. 52286

Victory Medal – No. 51566

Memorial Scroll/Plaque – No. 327405.

 

MEMORIAL INSCRIPTIONS

Bridgetown War Memorial WA

Australian War Memorial Canberra ACT – Panel No. 145.