Blencowe Alexander H 1887-1916

Alexander Howard Blencowe  [8680]

 BLENCOWE AH poppy

Died of war injuries 1st Sept. 1916

1887-1916

Father Nm: Robert Blencow [1656] c  29.9.1837 Tasmania – Oldest Known Ancestor: Thomas Blencowe abt. 1475 Marston St Lawrence

Mother Nm: Isabella Rankine nee Connell 1844-1922

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Birth 6th May 1887

Australia Birth Index, 1788-1922.

Name Alexander Howard Blencowe, Father’s Name: Robert Blencowe’ Mother’s Name: Isabella Rankine Mcconnel.

Birth Place: One Tree Hill, Registration Place: Port Gawler, South Australia, Page Number: 352 Volume Number: 395.

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48th Bn. Shoulder Patch

WW1

Blencowe Alexander Howard, 1887, Glencoe, SA, Private, 1678, 32nd and 48th Bn., A.I.F.

1915
  • 28thAug. Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll. Rank on enlistment Private: Unit name 32nd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement.”Alexander became a farmer, and was farming with his two elder brothers on their property called the ‘Olives”. He enlisted in the AIF as 28 years old on 2 September 1915, and was appointed to 48th Battalion, D company 2nd Depot Battalion, A.I.F.”4  

  • 2nd Sept. Posted to 32nd Battalion assigned to D Coy 2nd Depot.

1916
  • 9th Feb. Alexander departed for the war on the troopship A30 BORDA. Bound for Egypt.

  • 9th Mar. Transferred from 2nd Reinforcements 32nd Battalion to 48th Bn.

  • 10thMar. Transferred to the 48th Bn. The 48th Battalion was raised in Egypt as part of the “doubling” of the AIF. Roughly half of its new recruits were Gallipoli veterans from the 16th Battalion, and the other half, fresh reinforcements from Australia. Reflecting the composition of the 16th, the men of the new battalion hailed mainly from regional South Australia and Western Australia. The new battalion formed part of the 12th Brigade of the 4th Australian Division.

  • 2nd Jun. Transported on HMT Caledonia from Alexandria, Egypt to Marseilles, France .1

  • 5-7thAug. Pozieres. Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 5.48.19 pmThe 48th Bn. was tasked with defending ground captured in earlier attacks by the 2nd Division in the front line on these dates. The Bn. endured what was said to be heaviest artillery barrage ever experienced by Australian troops and suffered 598 casualties out of a total complement of 1000 men.1

  • 12-15th Aug.Pozieres. The 48thBn. was in the front line again on these dates.1

  • 29th-31st Aug. Mouquet Farm. The farm was located about 1.7 kilometres north-west of the high ground near Pozières. Following the action at Pozieres the Bn. undertook a defensive role around Mouquet Farm. The war diary oddly provides little evidence of any action apart from heavy shelling on the 29th Aug. but on the day Alexander is reported killed no mention of any action. There is a large party of men (300) that are attached to signals to bury a cable to Pozieres. It’s possible this was the scene of some action.3

Moquet Farm map

  • 1st Sept. Died of Wounds. Admitted Fracture left and right legs and gunshot wound hand. Died of wounds received at No. 3 Casualty Clearing Station at Grevilliers nr. Bapaume, France caused by multiple gun shot wounds.

South Australian Chronicle Saturday 7 October 1916

The Late Private A. Blencowe.

Mrs R. Blencowe, of Onetree Hill, has received word that her youngest son, Alexander Howard, was killed in action on August 31st. Private Blencowe was one of the first six young men to enlist from Onetree Hill. He left for the front Private A. H. Blencowe. on January 11. Before enlisting he was farming with his two elder brothers at The Olives, and was a general favourite. He was born at Onetree Hill, and lived all his life in his native district. He passed his 29th birthday while on active service.

Sources
  1. Australian War Museum.
  2. Wikipedia.
  3. 48th Bn. War Diary.
  4. Playfords History Blog
  5. Complete Service Record
Notes
  • Alexander Blencowe served alongside Sidney Fenner Blencowe ( 2nd Cousins) in the 48th Bn. at the Battle of Pozières Ridge, Sidney survived Pozieres only to die in 1917 at the 48th Bn.attack on Bullecourt.

  • The Battle of Pozières Ridge is the official name for the military operations which took place between 23 July and 3 September 1916, in the area from Bazentin-le-Petit to Contalmaison and onwards north-west towards the River Ancre. It included the many ‘subsidiary’ attacks towards Munster Alley (to the south-east of Pozières), High Wood, Guillemont and Delville Wood. Source Imperial War Museum.

Medals

A H Blencowe medals

Awarded 1914-1915 Star, British (31868) and Victory (31645) medals. Shows actual Medal record for Alexander.

Puchevillers British Cemetery

PUCHEVILLERS BRITISH CEMETERY

Blencowe A H, Private, 1678, 01/09/1916, 29 Australian Infantry, A.I.F. III. F. 38.

Australian Memorials
Gawler Memorial Onetree Hill
Gawler Memorial Onetree Hill

Australian War Memorial

Alexander Howard Blencowe’s name is located at panel 145 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial.

Gallery
Moquet Farm Sattelite Map 2019
For those who may wish to visit the site of where Alexander was killed this 2019 Satellite mapping from NLS trench overlay gives the roads to take out of the village of Pozieres to Mouquet Farm.
Screen Shot 2019-03-10 at 9.16.33 am
Mouquet Farm House and Farm in 2019

Statement of service 2

HMAT A30 BordaTroop ship that took Alexander to war
HMAT A30 BordaTroop ship that took Alexander to war

ShowImage.asppensionLetter from sister 8 aug 1922Letter from Mother to Army 18 Jan 1917 page2report of the death of a soldier

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report from 3 Casualty Clearing Station
letter from mother 28 sep 1922
Letter from mother re Alexanders Plaque

Statement of service

Newspaper photograph 1916
Alexander H Blencowe

attestation 2British war medal receipt

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Kings scroll

Victory medal receipt

PUCHEVILLERS BRITISH CEMETERY
PUCHEVILLERS BRITISH CEMETERY

Confirmation of Victory, British and 1914-1915 Starattestation 1

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Memorial Plaque
one tree hill memorial
Memorial to Alexander at Onetree hill
Alexander howard Blencowe gravestone one tree hill
Blencowe Family Memorial Stone at One Tree hill

Letter from Mother to Army 18 Jan 1917 page1memorial plaque receipt 1922

One thought on “Blencowe Alexander H 1887-1916

  1. Sharon Zschorn says:

    Alexander was my grandfather’s ( Henry Hurtle Blencowe) youngest brother. If Alexander was anything like my Grandpa , then he was a true gentleman. This family is a very old family who came from Northamptonshire England. John Blencowe my great great grandfather was paid to travel and work in Tasmania. He then moved his family to OneTree Hill Southern Australia where he started to farm land. There is an association of Blencowes that have reunions every other year. Pleased contact me if anyone would like more information about the Blencowe Family. Regards S. Zschorn.

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