The data is the editor's interpretation of documents from the:
The National Archives, London, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Ancestry and Find My Past.


BLACKWELL, William Frederick, Private (acting Corporal), enlisted at the age of 20 yrs 11 mths with at Warley on 25 Jan 1915, it also shows that his age was 25 at day of enlistment. Service No M/287555, 3rd Batt. Essex Regiment. Discharged on 9 March 1915 at Harwich 'not likely to become an efficient soldier' due to tuberculosis. He served 44 days; but military character was 'good'. He reapplies to join Army Service Corp on 13 Feb 1917 at Saffron Walden aged 22 dob show 20 Feb 1890?. He serves in Mesopotania between 22 July 1917 to 31 Dec 1918. Demobbed 2 Feb 1920 as an acting Corporal. His orders were being received via 3rd Echelon Army of the Black Sea headquarters and transferred to the British Expeditionary Force in Mesopotamia.

His service record shows he served 14 months in Mesopotamia, 6 months Russia, 8 months Persia. He contracted Malarea in 1919

Address at discharge in 1915 was Star Hill, Newport, his address at re-enlistment was Belmont Place, Newport. Employed as a driver and was employed by Mr. S. Barnard of Braeside, Newport, Essex. Mother was Sarah Blackwell of Belmont Place, Newport. Next of kin in 1917 is recorded as Gladys Mary Blackwell, his wife who he married 1 Feb 1917 at Newport, Essex. Employed as a driver prior to enlisting in 1917.