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VC734   Arthur Seaforth Blackburn

BORN   25 November 1892

DIED   24 November 1960   AGE   67

VC Won   20 July 1916   AGE   23

Place VC Won   Pozieres, Somme, France

War/Campaign   First World War 1916

Name   Arthur Seaforth Blackburn   No.      

VC Issue No.   734   Awards   VC   CMG   CBE   MC

Regiment   Regiment 10th (South Australia) Battalion, AIF



Rank VC Won   Second Lieutenant

Rank End Of Career   Brigadier

Place Of Birth   Woodville, Hyde Park, Adelaide, Australia

Place Of Death   Crafers, Adelaide, South Australia

Buried/Location Ashes   West Terrace AIF Cemetery, Adelaide, Australia


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone   Headstone   Plot/Grave no.   Light Oval Section, Grave 4-C-A North

Gazetted   9 September 1916

VC Presented   4 October 1916 by King George V at Buckingham Palace, London, England


P  Headstone, West Terrace Australian Imperial Force Cemetery, Adelaide, Australia

P  Victoria Cross Commemorative Paving Stone, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Named On Victoria Cross Memorial, North Terrace, Adalaide, S.A., Australia

Blackburn Road, Elizabeth East, S.A., Australia

P  Victoria Cross Commemorative Paving Stone, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire

P  Named on Water Tower, Pozieres, Somme, France

By The Way…

In World War 2 he was captured by the Japanese on Java, and held as a prisoner of war until 1945. After release he worked on the Japanese War Crime Trials

VC Held By

Australian War Memorial, Hall of Valour, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia



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Thank you to Anthony Staunton

Thank you to Tony Goddard for the photos of the Water Tower at Pozieres