Albert Edward Blencowe 
Father Nm: Charles (Leonard) Blencowe   born 1871 died 1956 Whitchurch Shrops ; Oldest Known Ancestor William Blincow abt 1702 Bicester.
Mother Nm: Margaret Winifred O’Hara  1868-1948.
Marriage Dt:1920 to Cicely Challenor, Whitchurch S. Vol. 6a Page, 2034.
WW2: Nephew Dennis James was killed at Arnhem in 1944 whilst with the RAF. Nephews John Leonard was with the Manchester Regt. , Robert Harry was a Sergeant in the RAF during and was later awarded an MBE. , Francis Jesse was with the Royal Artillery, and Bryan Henry served with Royal Army Ordnance Corps.
Son Ivor Eric served as a Sapper with the Royal Engineers just after WW2.
Spouse comments: Cicely Challenor 25.6.1895 died 1958 Chester
Children: Envis 1921, Gerald Edward 1927, Ivor Eric 1929-1954
(Research): GR[B] Whitchurch Sept 1893 JD
1901 Census 43 Yardington St, Whitchurch
- Blencowe Albert Son 7
- Blencowe Charles Head Baker & Confectioner 31
- Blencowe Charles Son 6
- Blencowe Francis Son 5
- Blencowe George Son 3
- Blencowe Harry Son 1
- Blencowe Catherine Dau 8
- Blencowe Margaret Wife Bread Maker 31
- Blencowe Percy Son 4
- Blencowe William Son 9
1911 Census 30 Bargates The Gray Hound Whitchurch
- Blencowe Albert Son Apprentice Plumber 17
- Blencowe Charles Head Baker 42
- Blencowe Margaret Wife 43
- Blencowe Charles Son Errand Boy Saddlers 16
- Blencowe Frank Son Post Office Telegraph Messenger 15
- Blencowe George Son 13
- Blencowe Harry Son M 1899 Whitchurch 12
- Blencowe Margaret Wife 43
- Blencowe Percy Son 14
- Blencowe William Son Labourer Iron Foundry 18
King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
Blencowe Albert Edward, 1893, Whitchurch, Corporal, 1746, 200318, 4th Bn., 6th Bn. King’s Shropshire Light Infantry.
Albert probably enlisted in Feb.1913 into the 4th KSLI based on his regimental number (source Paul Nixon). Thus he was serving in the Territorials at the outbreak of the war.
It is highly likely then that Albert accompanied the battalion when it went to the Far East in October 1914.
Albert spent a somewhat idyllic time in the Far East (Rangoon, Singapore and Hong Kong) with the 1/4th KSLI but the reality of the war eventually came in early 1917 when the battalion was sent to the United Kingdom for redeployment to the Western Front.
Jul. Returning via Ceylon and South Africa the battalion was deployed immediately to France in July 1917, where it was attached to the 63rd (Royal Naval) Division near Arras.
31st Jul.- 6th Nov. Third Battle of Ypres. Moved to the Ypres Salient to take part in the great Passchendaele Offensive and suffered 130 casualties on its first real day in action.
Note: It appears that in 1917 Albert was wounded or got very sick as he has one medical record that shows he was at one point admitted to 2nd General Hospital in Le Havre.
10th-11th Apr. Messines. The battalion fought around Messines during the great German Spring offensive of 1918.
6th Jun. The capture of Bligny Hill. After Messines the battalion was then moved southwards to support French operations in the Soissons region; its greatest moment came in the capture of Bligny Hill on 6th June 1918, for which feat the battalion—reduced to company strength by then—was awarded the Croix de Guerre Avec Palme.
The medal Roll for Albert shows the following sequence of Regimental units for Albert was
4th Bn. KSLI.
Infantry Base Depot.
The periods are not dated so based on the evidence of the Croix de Guerre it looks to me what we have is sometime after 6th June 1918 Albert spent four spells with the 6th SLI. Possibly periods of attachment as the 6th was a non-TA unit and the BWM and Vic. Medals are definitely awarded on the TF sheet ie 4th SLI.
Article was written by Graham Wilson about Albert E Blencowe and The Croix de Guerre.
The Photograph of Albert Edward Blencowe’s actual medals and Bligny cockade, photo provided by the owner Graham Wilson who has also written the history of the Croix de Guerre awarded to the KSLI regiment.
“Shown in the first illustration are the First World War medals of 200318 Corporal Albert E. Blencowe, 1/4th Battalion, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry (KSLI), consisting of the British War Medal 1914-1920, the Victory Medal and the Territorial Force War Medal 1914-1919, all named to Albert Blencowe as a member of ‘1/4 KSLI’. Also displayed with Blencowe’s medals is a cockade made of green and red striped ribbon. This is the ‘Bligny Cockade’ of 1/4th KSLI, a hard-earned distinction from the Great War and commemorates a rare unit award of the Croix de Guerre 1914-1918 to a British unit.” source Graham Wilson
4th (Territorial) Battalion KSLI: Bligny and the Croix de Guerre.
Croix de Guerre medal and ribbon. In June 1918, the 4th (Territorial) Battalion of the K.S.L.I. was an award of tan unusual distinction. The “unit award” in the form of the French Croix-de-Guerre Avec Palme for its gallantry in seizing the important Bligny Hill. The 4th (Territorial) Battalion of the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry had an interesting war career by the summer of 1918. Mobilised in August 1914, it spent three years in the Far East on the type of routine imperial garrison duty designed to free Regular battalions for more active war service. Its stay in Rangoon, Singapore and Hong Kong was a much more pleasant experience than that of the Regular and War Service battalions of the K.S.L.I.
“Territorial Force War Medal
His medal entitlement includes the Territorial Force War Medal (TFWM), the qualifying criteria for which were quite prescriptive. To qualify for the medal a soldier had to either be a serving member of the Territorial Force (TF) on 4 August 1914 OR a former member of the TF who had completed four or more years’ service prior to 4 August 1914 and rejoined the TF prior to 30 September 1914 AND volunteered prior to 30 September 1914 to service outside the United Kingdom OR actually served outside the United Kingdom between 4 August 1914 and 11 November 1918 AND was not eligible for the 1914 Star or the 1914-15 Star. The TFWM, in fact, replaces the 1914 Star and 1914-15 Star for members of the TF who served outside the UK between 4 August 1914 and 31 December 1915 but did not serve in an operational theatre covered by those stars.
“1918 Absent Voter Lists
“Address as 30 Bargates, Whitchurch (it spells his name incorrectly as Blencoe & regimental number incorrect 220318).
“Given the above information, it is possible that Albert stayed in the KSLI after the war and his periods with the 6th Bn. was this service. Note there is no discharge date on his records.
After the War
1977 Death age 84 years
Vale Royal, Cheshire, Volume: 33, Page: 1104.
Note: there are 2 service records for this man that exist that are not shown in this gallery for copyright reasons.
We survived – some of A Company of the 4th Battalion of the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry in 1918. These are some of the survivors of the Battle of Bligny