He is believed to be Horace Blackman who was born in
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
in Barcombe. Mount Pleasant
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.