Lewis Gordon Blackmore was the 7th Child of Edward Gordon Blackmore and Eleanora Elizabeth Blackmore (Nee Farr) Born Adelaide SA 21st May 1886 - Killed in action
From the excerpts below all young men have hopes and dreams that in this instance were cut short but have given us the freedom do live our own lives without much thought for the alternative
Lewis’ letters to brother John Coleridge Blackmore (my Grandfather)
June 24th “As the Russians are doing so well and the Hun appear to have failed at
I may be coming home earlier than
I thought, of course not this year, and I can assure you I hope to return to
the life on the land. We have had a fair amount of wet weather of late; it is
wonderful how we escape colds. I really think we are getting immune to the ills
of the flesh….” Verdun
June 29th “How is land selling now? I have great ideas of sneaking out near the Warrumbungle Mts and buying a place if we can raise the wind….”
July 17th “Well old sport, we shall be busy now so letters may be a bit irregular, but shall drop you a line at every opportunity.”
Then in a letter from Eric Shelly –
“We moved up on the
on the night of July 19th
and it was well into the morning of the 20th by the time we had
taken over from the Tommies. Lew’s battalion were in the front. All that day,
the next and the next, we lay quiet letting the artillery do its work. The
attack was timed for on the night of the 22nd-23rd
July. Two minutes prior to that time we started a violent artillery
bombardment, then over our men went to the German first line and took it. For
30 minutes there raged another artillery bombardment our guns having lifted
their range to the German 2nd line, then a signal and over we went
again. As close as I can gather this is where poor old Lew went down. The boy
knew no pain thank God, a machine gun bullet got him in the forehead and he
died instantly. I saw him a few hours previously and he went into it laughing
and joking and full of hope and the surety he was coming out as well as he went
in” village of Pozieres
From Informant Cadet Pte Thos. 3261
Sunday, 23rd July I saw above-named killed, struck by a machine gun
bullet. We were attacking Pozieres about . I saw that Blackmore was dead. An
Australian, short, thick-set, dark, clean shaven, about twenty three”
|Lewis Gordon Blackmore buried approx location at junction of Pozieres Trench and OG1|
From Service Records:-
“Buried just to the right of the right communication trench leading to Old German No 1 Trench near Pozieres.”
“(No Grave No, No cemetery and no clergyman. He was buried in the heat of the action)”
An Account of the Pozierers Battle of
During the night of Saturday-Sunday, July 22nd-23rd, the troops took up their positions for the attack on the village. The attack was to be made upon the eastern and southern faces of the position by Australian troops and English Territorials. The English were to advance from the direction of Ovillers Hill and
, upon the cemetery and that straggling end or outlier of the
village which stretched out towards Thiepval. Their right was to rest upon the Mash Valley Albert-Bapaume Road, their left on the strong, newly converted enemy lines on
The Australian left was to touch the English right at the road, to push up, in the main direction of the road, from Suicide Corner and Contalmaison, by way of the spur, the Quarry Road, and Hospital Road, so as to close in on the village from the southeast.
The Australian right, forming up from about Contalmaison Villa, outside Little Bazentin Wood, to O.G. 1, with their faces to the west, were to charge across the plateau, taking whatever trenches there might be in their path, right into the village, through the wood or copse, and across the gardens to the houses. It was known that the garrison of Pozières had been relieved by a fresh division, and that, like other enemy reliefs, this division had brought in plenty of food and drink.
The attack had been prepared by some days of shelling over the whole area. Not much of the village was standing, though one observer speaks of some parts of red-tiled roofs near the cemetery. The smash and ruin were general, but the place was not obliterated, nor were all the trees razed. The weather had cleared. It was hot, dry, dusty weather, with much haze and stillness in the air.
At on the 22nd-23rd of July the attack was timed to begin. It was the first big fight in which the Australians had been engaged since the Battle of Gallipoli, almost a year before. Then they had fallen in in the night for an attack in the dark, which won only glory and regret. This time the battle was to be one of the hardest of the war, and there was to be glory for all and regret for very many, and the prize was to be the key to the ridge of Bapaume beyond the skyline, with possible victory and peace.
At , when the men had reached their starting-places, the attack began, and a great wave of Australian infantry went across the plateau towards the east of the village. A part of this wave attacked the enemy who were still holding out in O.G. 1. The rest crossed the plateau, got into one enemy line, which was lightly held or held only by dead men, took it, got into another (really the sunken track of the light railway) which was held more strongly, took that, and so, by successive rushes, and by countless acts of dash and daring, trying (as it happened) to find objectives which our guns had utterly destroyed, they reached the outskirts of the place, across a wreck of a part of the wood. They made a line from about the southern end of the village to their starting-place near Bazentin Wood.
When the daylight came on that Sunday morning, the Australians were in the village, on the eastern side of the road with the road as their front. Beyond the road they had to their front the tumbled bricks of the main part of the village. To their right, they had a markless wilderness of plateau tilting very slightly upwards to the crest on which the O.G. lines ran.
Australians who were there have given accounts of the fighting which won them this position, but, as usually happens in a night attack, those who were there saw little. It seems to be agreed that the second enemy trench was more strongly held than the outer line, and that the right of the attack, which came under direct enfilading fire from the O.Gs., had the hardest task. Some have said that the eastern outskirts of the village were lightly held by the enemy, and that not more than 200 enemy dead were found in that part of the field after the charge, which is very likely, for it was the enemy's custom to hold an advanced post with a few men and many machine guns.
|Pozieres before and after artillery bombardment|