Monday, March 16, 2015

75422 Gunner Horace W Blackman, Royal Defence Corps

Gunner H Blackman, RGA first appears in Chailey Parish Magazine in July 1918 and then every month until the final entry in July 1919.   

He is believed to be Horace Blackman who was born in Barcombe, Sussex around 1886.  The 1901 census lists the following family members: Horace Blackman, head, aged 43 and working as a carter on a farm; his wife, 51 year old Ann Blackman.  Children noted are: Horace Blackman (14), a carter boy on a farm, Caroline Blackman (11) and Thomas Blackman (9).  A boarder, 58 year old Thomas Moon, is also noted as living with the family in their house at Mount Pleasant in Barcombe. 

The National Archives notes 156507 Gunner Horace W Blackman serving with the Royal Garrison Artillery and later as a Gunner, number 74522, serving with the Royal Defence Corps.

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