Saturday 9 February 2013

Corporal Bruce Blenroy Blamey

Born on 6 October 1895 in Essex, England - son of Richard James Blamey, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England - attestation form notes trade as farmer, single, no current military service, previously served one year in the 6th Essex Regiment, height of 5 feet 11.25 inches, chest of 35.25 inches, light complexion, grey-blue eyes, fair hair, Church of England.

Joined the 38th Battalion on 18 January 1915 (number 410454) - served with the battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 18 or 21 November 1916 - invalided to England on 21 November 1916 - rejoined the battalion on 12 July 1917 - wounded on 22 August 1917 - invalided to England on 27 August 1917 - rejoined the battalion on 27 September 1918 - wounded on 1 November 1918 - invalided to England on 6 November 1918.

Later worked as a policeman in Middlesborough following the war - served as a military policeman in the British Army during the Second World War - his son, George Roy Blamey, served in the British Long Range Desert Group "G" Patrol during the Second World War - died in 1993.

(Updated with information provided by Cpl Blamey's grandson, Mike Martin - many thanks to him).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; e-mail, Michael Martin, 12 December 2012)

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