Blinco William J 1885

William John Blinco  [4181]
1885-1955

Father Nm: John Blinco [501] c 14.1.1855 Langley Marish born Dec Q 1854 Eton mother Fox . John buried 14.2.1917 Stratfield Mortimer: Oldest Known Ancestor – William Blinco 1635 Hedgerley.

Mother Nm: Ann Grant [3211] 1852-1931.

Marriage 1921, Wilder Emily M, Bradfield 2c 959.

K comments:

Spouse comments: Emily Martha Wilder 1885.

Children:

(Research): GR[B] Bradfield March 1885-1958.

1891 Census Stratfield, Mortimer Berks
  1. John Blinco 35
  2. Mary C Blinco 7
  3. William J Blinco 5

Mother Ann and siblings Helena and Edith somewhere else

1901 Census MORTIMER BERKS
  1. Blinco William Servant Domestic Serv. M 1885 Mortimer 16 

Servant to WJ Roalfe Cox Solicitor.

1911 Census
  1. Blinco Willam John Head M 1885 26 St George London
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Army Service Corps

WW1

Blinco William John,,1885, Bradfield, MS/3873, Private, No 76,414 Motor Transport Companies, Army Service Corps. Attached to 3rd Calvary Division, 4th Cavalry Division.

1914
  • 8th Sept. Attestation in London, Age 29 yrs, Occupation Motor Lorry Driver living at 22a Lowdes Mews Belgravia.

  • 8th Oct. Landed with BEF France.

Group of ASC Drivers
Group of ASC Drivers

Initially attached to 3rd Cavalry ASC Ammunition Park (No 76 Motor Transport Coy. ASC). Thus a driver for Ammunition delivery. These Motor transport groups of the ASC had their own numbering scheme and so it becomes harder to track them as they were transferred between Divisions and indeed between ASC companies. For example the entry for the 76 Coy at states Pre-war. Ammunition Park for 3rd Cavalry Division. Later, became 7 GHQ Reserve MT Company. However, Army records show he was with 3rd and then 4th Calvary Division. I take this to mean (given the previous statement about 76 Coy) at an unspecified date William was likely moved to another ASC Coy (No 414) as his army service records indicate his service as;

  • Attached to 3rd Cavalry Ammunition Park 14th Oct 1914 until 1917.
  • On the 17th Oct. 1917 transferred to 3rd Cav. Supply Column and then ten days later 27th Oct. 1917 to 4th Cavalry Division on a temporary basis.
  • July 1918 Home leave taken from 3rd Calvary Division where he appears to have ended his overseas service before being hospitalised.
  • Oct-Nov. On his arrival William would have been sent to join his ASC Ammunition Park supplying the 3rd Cavalry at the following locations;
    •  Langemarck (21–24 October),
    • Gheluvelt (29–31 October)
    • Nonne Bosschen (11 November).
1915
  • 15th Apr. Awarded 1st G C badge

  • 11-13th May. Battle of Frezenberg Ridge. freezenberg ridgerd Cavalry and its Ammunition Park was west of  Ypres for this battle.
  • 26–28th Sept.Battle of Loos. The largest battle of WW1 in 1915 and ultimately a very heavy defeat for the British. Featuring nineteen Blencowe men that we can identify. General Haig mistakenly thought this would be a great victory (even one to end the war) but without the planning, adequate Artillery fire and specific target maps of advancement. Haig thought the first use of the gas by the British would devastate the Germans but it did not. The British had 60,000 casualties compared to the Germans 26,000 which in itself tells of the outcome. The BEF commander Gen. Sir John French lost his command as a result of the failure of the battle and Haig inherited the role from then on.
    Map showing the British gains of 25/26th and also the location of Hohenzollern Redoubt and the Quarries
    Map showing the British gains of 25/26th Sept.and also the location of Cite St Elie

    Initially, the 3rd Cavalry was in reserve south of Lillers and then ordered forward to Corons de Rutoire in readiness to move forward as soon as Cite St Auguste fell. But the attack was failing and called off and the 3rd Cavalry stood down. “In line with these reliefs, a re-organisation of the British front line began on 28th September and was completed in the following week. 3rd (Cavalry) Division, which had been hurriedly moved up to hold the village of Loos on the night of 26/27th September, was relieved by elements of 1st Division.”3

1916
  • The 3rd Cavalry was in Reserve this entire year.

  • 23rd Mar. – 27th Mar. William was given leave to England.

1917
  • Leave to England 15th Mar. – 25 Mar.1916

  • 9th – 14th Apr. The First Battle of the Scarpe**
  • 10-11th Apr. The attack on Monchy le Preux a phase of the Arras Offensive.

  • 17th Oct. Transferred to 3rd Cavalry. Supply Column

  • 27th Oct. Transferred to 4th Cavalry Division, 79 Coy (Ammunition Supply train). A temporary attachment and appears returned on the 3rd Dec.1917

1918
  • Leave to England 22 Jul.- 5th Aug Note leave taken from 3rd Calvary Div.

  • 6th Sept. Reported Sick at Hevant?

  • 22nd Sept. Admitted 12th Stationary Hospital at St Pol.

  • 1st Oct. 26th General Hosp. at Etaples.

  • 4th Oct. 25th General Hosp. At Rouen.

  • 6th Oct. -6th Dec.

    Transferred to Victoria Hosp. Keighley, hospitalised for 99 days.
    Transferred to Victoria Hosp. Keighley hospitalised for 99 days.
  • 17th Oct. Invalided to England sickness.

1919
  • 9th Jan. Fit for discharge from the hospital.

  • 13th Jan. Transferred to dispersal hospital Oxford.

  • Discharged from Army, 11th Feb. 1919.

Sources
  1. Long Long Trail – ASC Motor Transport Companies.
  2. Army Service Records W J Blinco.
  3. Loos 1915 by Nick Lloyd.

Medals

1914 Star with clasp largeplus BWM and Vic1914 ‘Mons” Star with Clasp, British, Victory medals and the rosette and clasp. The rosette to be worn on ribbon bar when the medal not worn.

After the War

Death 1955 age 69 years

Wokingham,Volume: 6a, Page: 303.

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar

Name: William John Blinco, Probate Date: 21 Mar 1955, Death Date: 22 Jan 1955

Death Place: Berkshire, England, Registry: London, England, Address at death Hollybank St Marys Rd Mortimer

Gallery

There are 25 records in the National Archives for this man. For copyright reasons, they cannot be re-published.

ASC Driver and TruckQ71933
Driver with his Truck
Source IWM Q71933
7th Canadian Hospital Map Etaples camp 1919
1st Oct. 1918
Admitted to No. 26th General Hosp. at Etaples. This map of the large medical site.
Drocourt
An indication of the danger an Ammunition Truck could be in this German truck totaly blown apart after being hit either by artillery or air fire.
September 1918 Battle of Drocourt-Queant Line
Made by: Brooke, John Warwick (Lieutenant) (Photographer) 1918-09-06
Photo German ammunition lorry destroyed by shell fire. Note a lorry of the Royal Army Medical Corps in the background. Near Queant, 6 September 1918.
Photo IWM Q7063
ASC driver and Peerless Lorry
Another shot of ASC drivers and vehicles in this case a Peerless truck likely in Salonika Greece
Loos battlefront
Loos 1915 Battle front