James Blackwell

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Blackwell, Private James no.3777A.

20th Battalion, formerly 17th Battalion 9th Reinforcements.

“Caloola” Fourth Avenue, Campsie.


Born Liverpool, England.

Married Mary Ellen Newman 1905.

Enlisted at Holsworthy 14/8/1915, aged 35.



Next of kin, wife, Mary Ellen Blackwell, “Caloola” Fourth Avenue, Campsie.

Sailed from Sydney on HMAT A54 Runic 20/1/1916.

Casualty list DT 27/10/1916 Wounded (severely).

Casualty list DT 6/11/1916 Progressing favourably.

Casualty List SMH 24/4/1917 Wounded (apparently second occasion).

Returned to Australia 3/7/1917.

Australian War Memorial record available at: https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1868681/ (accessed 15/07/2016)

Special acknowledgement

The primary source of the information on this page is copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from the Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.


An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 individuals recorded in the book - the list is titled Canterbury's Boys List. Each name in the list is linked to an editable biographical file created by copying the biography copied from the book. These editable biographies have been created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to add information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.


Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002