Private Charles Henry Blackmore
|Regiment:||Canadian Infantry, 47th Battalion|
|Date of Birth:||22/07/1890Born Dawlish||Date of Death:||29/08/1917|
|Memorial:||Dawlish||Memorial Inscription||BLACKMORE C.H. PTE. 47TH CAN|
Charles was deemed to be too short at 5’ and ¾” for the initial enlistments in Canada, but later ‘Bantam Regiments’ were formed and he was then deemed eligible. The enlistment papers show that he joined the 143rd (British Columbia Bantams) Battalion.
Charles Henry Blackmore is listed as died of wounds and it is reasonable to assume that he was involved in some manner in the Battle of Hill 70 and died soon afterwards. (See extended account in Documents below)
Association with Dawlish
Charles Henry Blackmore was the grandson of James (1820-1905) and Elizabeth (1819-1886) Blackmore of 75 Clifford Street, Chudleigh, where James was a carpenter.
They had sons Walter (1848-1918) and Andrew (1864-1946), both carpenters in turn. Each had a son who is remembered on Dawlish War Memorial and they were cousins, Charles Henry Blackmore and Reginald Charles Blackmore (k.i.a. 22/9/17) who died only days apart.
Charles Henry Blackmore was boarding at 3 Exeter Road, Crediton in 1911 and he is shown as an Assistant Schoolmaster, employed by Devon County Council. He was 20. It appears that he trained as a teacher at St Luke’s College, Exeter, which had been a teacher training college since 1839.
It is stated that he emigrated to Canada later in 1911 and was followed by his sister Gladys in 1913.
|Devon Roll of Honour||Blackmore, Charles Henry, Pte, Canadian Mil Forces, 29th August 1917, France|
Commonwealth War Graves Site
Devon Heritage Site
|Next of Kin:||Clara Blackmore, mother, Lytton House, Regent Street, Dawlish|
|Last Known Address:||410 Sherbrooke Street, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada|
Free Birth, Marriage, death refs
Attestation paper, Canada
http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com – Great War forum
Battle of Hill 70 - Wikipedia
Refs via subscription websites:
Family trees – Ancestry- Gregson/Blackmore and Blackmore - Bond