PREVIOUS SERVICE- 2 years with 86th Infantry- Achieved rank Lieutenant
15/06/1915- Completed Application for Enlistment & Medical Examination Bunbury WA ( A letter signed by his father dated 30 April 1915 gave consent for Percy to enlist for service although he was under 21 years of age)
23/06/1915- To No. 15 Depot Company Blackboy Hill Camp WA
01/07/1915- To 10th Reinforcements 11th Battalion Blackboy Hill
10/08/1915- Promoted Sergeant at No. 15 Depot Company Blackboy Hill
16/08/1915- To “C” Company 32nd Battalion Blackboy Hill
( Sometime after this posting, Percy BLYTHE’s file has been noted in RED – “Discharged”, however there are no other details.) It can only be presumed that Percy was required to assist working on his parents farm in Bunbury as 2 brothers had already enlisted and were serving overseas.
SECOND ENLISTMENT ( Soldier’s father had signed a letter dated 06/11/1915 giving consent for Percy to enlist for service although he was under the age of 21 years)
11/11/1915- Completed Application for Enlistment and Preliminary Medical Examination Bunbury WA
12/11/1915- Completed Medical Examination Blackboy Hill Camp WA and allocated to 8th Reinforcements 28th Battalion as Sergeant
17/01/1916- Embarked Fremantle WA aboard “Borda” bound for Egypt
07/02/1916- Disembarked Alexandria Egypt to Overseas Training Base
21/03/1916- Embarked Alexandria with British Expeditionary Forces bound for Marseilles France
27/03/1916- Disembarked Marseilles France
03/05/1916- Reverts to Ranks France
08/05/1916- Promoted Lance Corporal in the field France
01/07/1916- Promoted to Temporary Corporal France
4-06/08/1916-Wounded in Action France (Severe Shell Wounds to Face & Leg)
07/08/1916- Admitted 13th Stastionary Hospital Boulogne France ex 44th Casualty Clearing Station
10/08/1916-Evacuated/Admitted 1st Southern General Hospital Birmingham England ex Boulogne
16/08/1916- Recommended for DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL
2/09/1916- Awarded MILITARY MEDAL for Bravery in the field at Battle for Pozieres France
12/10/1916- To No. 2 Command Depot Weymouth ex Hospital
13/11/1916- Granted Leave England
27/11/1916- To Command Depot Wareham England ex Leave
23/03/1917- Transferred to 7oth Battalion Wareham England
27/03/1917-Appointed to the School of Instruction at Candehar
05/05/1917-Marched into No. 2 Officers Cadet Training Battalion Cambridge ex Windmill Hill
31/08/1917-Promoted to Second Lieutenant England & Posted to General Infantry Reinforcements
20/09/1917- Proceeded Overseas 2nd Australian Division Base Depot Havre France ex Southampton
25/09/1917-Rejoined 28th Battalion in the field France
04/10/1917-Wounded in Action France ( Gunshot Wound to Left Leg )
05/10/1917- Admitted 7th Stationary Hospital Boulogne France ex 11th Field Ambulance  ex 2nd Casualty Clearing Station ex Ambulance Train
08/10/1917-Evacuated/Admitted 3rd London General Hospital Wandsworth ex Boulogne France
27/12/1917-To Convalesent Hospital England
11/01/1918- To No. 1 Command Depot Sutton Veny England
13/01/1918- To No. 2 Command Depot Weymouth England
20/01/1918- Promoted to rank Lieutenant England
24/01/1918- Medical Board Report Westham England to Bhurtpore Barracks Tidworth- ” Except for a little stiffness he can walk quite well.”
08/02/1918-To Overseas Training Brigade Longbridge Deverill England
05/04/1918- Proceeded Overseas Australian Infantry Base Depot Havre France  ex Southampton
07/05/1918-Rejoined 28th Battalion in the field France
10/06/1918- Killed in Action Morlancourt France.

 

SERVICE MEDALS AWARDED

British War Medal No. 30750
Victory Medal No. 30568
Military Medal.

MEMORIAL INSCRIPTIONS

Bunbury War Memorial WA
Australian War Memorial Canberra ACT Panel No. 112.

 

AWARDED  MILITARY  MEDAL

Date of Recommendation : Recommended for Distinguished Conduct Medal on 16/08/1916.

 

” He earned special distinction during the attack on POZIERES RIDGE on night of 28/29th July 1916 , in maintaining communication between the surviving Officers of his Company under very severe fire, and right under the German wire.  He attended to the wounded and placed them in positions of comparitive safety , and when the withdrawal was ordered,  he informed the surviving men along the whole line,  giving assistance to the wounded as he went.  He took part in the counter-attack of 5th August 1916, and was wounded “.

 

Date of Commonwealth of Australia Gazette : 14 December 1916

Location in Commonwealth of Australia Gazette : Page  3380,  Position  20

Date of London Gazette : 21 September 1916

Location in London Gazette : Page  9204,  Position  17