Joseph Blackett

First Name: 
Joseph
Last Name: 
Blackett
Mother's Name: 
Emily (nee Robinson)
Father's Name: 
Robert Blackett
Date Enlisted: 
Tuesday, January 19, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
4th Battalion / Imperial Camel Corps
Company: 
C
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Place of Death: 
Waratah, New South Wales
Cause of Death: 
War Related
Details: 

Private Joseph Blackett (service no. 1915) was born in 1892 and was the first of 3 brothers to enlist.

He embarked on HMAT A55 Kyarra with 4th Battalion on 13th April, 1915. After arriving in Egypt he was in hospital a number of times with illness but in October he landed in Gallipoli. Back in Egypt after the evacuation he was transferred to the Imperial Camel Corps and saw service in the Middle East with that unit. Joseph had many hospital admissions for illness but on 19th April, 1917 he was wounded in action at Gaza, receiving a gunshot wound to the abdomen. He was evacuated to hospital for treatment.

He was returned to Australia in December 1917 and discharged medically unfit with injury and malaria on 25th March, 1918.

Joseph died in 1919 from health complications.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, BLACKETT J

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