William I Blair

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Blair, Lance-Corporal William I no. 1511.

17th Battalion 1st Reinforcements.

“Dunoon” Lilian Street, Campsie.

Steward Born in Sydney, son of Richard & Alice Blair Father also enlisted (see above).

Enlisted at Liverpool 10/4/1915, aged 21.



Next of kin, mother, Alice Blair.

Serving in the 39th Infantry at the time of enlistment.

Casualty list SMH 28/9/1915 Wounded.

SMH 6/10/1915 Men of the Dardanelles. Private W. Blair, 17th Battalion, who was wounded on August 27, is the only son of Mr R.J. Blair, of Lillian Street, Campsie. He is 19 years of age, and received his education at Fort-Street High School. Prior to enlistment, he was employed by the North Coast Steamship Company.

SMH 5/6/1917 Mr & Mrs RJ. Blair, of Campsie, have been notified that their son, Lance- Corporal W. Blair, has been wounded in France. He left Sydney in May, 1915, and was wounded on Gallipoli Peninsula.

Casualty list SMH 2/7/1917 Wounded 2nd Occasion (Lance Corporal William Blair).

Casualty list SMH 20/6/1918 Wounded.

Casualty list SMH 8/10/1918 Wounded.

Returned to Australia 20/10/1918.

Died 21/1/1976.

Rookwood Cemetery Garden of Remembrance Wall 3 panel B.

Roll of Honour, Canterbury District Honour Board, Baptist Church, Campsie.

Australian War Memorial record available at: https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1838162/ (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