Private Charles Henry Blackmore

Service Army Service No. 827055
Rank Private
Regiment:Canadian Infantry, 47th Battalion
Date of Birth: 22/07/1890
Born Dawlish
Date of Death: 29/08/1917
Memorial: Dawlish Memorial Inscription BLACKMORE C.H. PTE. 47TH CAN

Service History

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 the exact circumstances are given in the newspaper report.   (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
Additional Information 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

Charles Henry Blackmore in uniform

Clara and Andrew Blackmore

War Memorial, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada

Canadian 47th Infantry Battalion badge, WW1

Free Birth, Marriage, death refs


Attestation paper, Canada – Great War forum

Battle of Hill 70 - Wikipedia

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Census data

Family trees – Ancestry


Blackmore - Bond