Ralph Henry Blackett

First Name: 
Ralph
Middle Name: 
Henry
Last Name: 
Blackett
Date of Birth: 
Sunday, February 5, 1882
Mother's Name: 
Emily (nee Robinson)
Father's Name: 
Robert Blackett
Date Enlisted: 
Friday, January 14, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
34th Battalion
Company: 
B
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Saturday, September 25, 1954
Place of Death: 
Newcastle, New South Wales
Details: 

Private Ralph Blackett (Service no. 369) was born in Charters Towers, Queensland on 5th February, 1882. The family came to Mount Kembla where two of his brothers, Albert and Robert, were killed in the 1902 mine disaster. 

On 12th June, 1906 Ralph married Annie Walker and he worked as a fettler at the time of enlistment. Ralph and two of his other brothers also enlisted in the AIF.

Ralph embarked on HMAT A20 Hororata with 34th Battalion on 2nd May, 1916. Ralph sailed in the same Company as his brother Charles. He served on the Western Front and on 30th September, 1917 was wounded in action. His file does not specify the injury but it must have been serious as he was returned to Australia in February 1918, and later discharged medically unfit on 26th June, 1918. His file states he was wounded by hostile aircraft.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, BLACKETT R H

Images

Memorial plaque from R.H. Blackett 34 Battallion, 25th September 1954 age 72. Dearly loved and sadly missed by loving wife Annie and family.

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