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27 Mar 1898
Bramcote Nottinghamshire
He was the son of William Joseph and Sarah Ann Blackwell. William, a native of Stapleford, was well known as a commercial traveller in iron and steel. Horace was the brother of Sarah Jane, George William, Constance, Daisy, Joseph Charles, Frederick, Herbert Owen, Victoria Helen, Gladys Mary, Winifred Irene and Muriel Rose Blackwell. In 1901 the family lived on Church Street Bramcote and in 1911 at 9 Collington Street Beeston.
Horace Blackwell attended Church Street School Beeston and was an errand boy in 1911. He later worked at Barton's Garage as a trainee mechanic and was a talented footballer and golfer.
01 Oct 1917
845139 - CWGC Website
9 Collington Street Beeston Nottingham
Lance Corporal
7th Bn Leicestershire Regiment
On 7th July 1916 the 110th Brigade became part of the 21st Division, taking part in their first major battle on the night of 13th/14th July 1916, after a successful attack on the Bazentine-le-Petit village and nearby wood on the Somme. It is not known whether Private Blackwell took part in this attack or was part of a draft to replace the 18 Officers and 535 other ranks, killed, wounded or missing during this action. The depleted battalion marched north to Agnez Les Duisans, near Arras, and after eleven days training, the newly constituted 7th Battalion went back into the front line trenches at 11pm on 7th August. Blackwell had served overseas for fifteen months when he became one of the 108 Officers and men from the 110th Brigade who perished on that day. At 5am three strong infantry attacks were launched by the Germans supported by ground attack aircraft on Glencorse Wood and Black Watch Corner. It was during these enemy attacks in the region of Polygon Wood that Blackwell was reported missing believed killed in action. Two of Horace Arthur's brothers also served. Private Joseph Charles Blackwell, the eldest (born 1891), worked as a stores clerk in a Government factory before enlisting in the South Nottinghamshire Hussars. He was serving in Egypt when Horace died, was hospitalised with malaria in Palestine and was later wounded while serving in France. Private Herbert Owen Blackwell, who was a year older than Horace, worked as a miner at Trowell Collery prior to enlistment in 1914, when he joined the 20th Hussars. He received injuries after being thrown from his horse.
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