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James Edward BLEZARD

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Surname: BLEZARD

Forename(s): James Edward

Place of Birth: Burton-in-Lonsdale, Yorkshire

Service No: 3/12472

Rank: L/Corporal

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 2nd Battalion

Division: 4th Division

Age: 33

Date of Death: 1916-01-31

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: I. I. 100.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

James Edward Blezard was the son of James Edward and Rebecca Blezard, née Robinson. Both parents were born at Ingleton, Yorkshire.

1891 Burton-in-Lonsdale, Yorkshire Census: High Street - James E. Blezard, aged 8 years, born Burton-in-Lonsdale, son of James E.and Rebecca Blezard.

1901 Part of Curragh Military Camp, Co. Kildare, Ireland Census: Army Service Corps Barracks - James Edward Blezard, aged 19 years, born Burton, Lancashire. Religion: Wesleyan. Occupation: Mill Hand.

James was married to Alice Torrence in 1908.

1911 Sowerby Bridge, Yorkshire Census: 42, Terrace Street - James Edward Blezard, aged 28 years, born Burton in Lonsdale, Yorkshire. Woollen Dealer. Husband of Alice Blezard.

The British Army Service Record for James Edward Blezard exists but may be incomplete.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte I.E. Blizard, 3/12472, W. Rid. R. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 18.2.15. K. in A. 31.1.16. See: Blezard. James E.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte James E. Blezard, 3/12472, W. Rid. R. K. in A. 31.1.16. See: Blizard I.E.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte James Edward Blezard, 3/12472, 2 W. Rid. R. K. in A. 31.1.16.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte James Edward Blezard, 12472, 2nd Bn W. Riding Reg. Date and Place of Death: 31.1.16. France. In Action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Alice. £7 2s. 0d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: James E. Blezard. Rank: L/C. Name(s) on card(s): Widow: Mrs Alice, born 26.10.85. Address: 42, Terrace Street, Sowerby Bridge, York.

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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L/Corporal James Edward BLEZARD

L/Corporal James Edward BLEZARD

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 4th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 4th Division

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Surname: BLEZARD

Forename(s): James Edward


Residence: Sowerby Bridge, Yorks

Enlisted: Halifax

Number: 3/12472

Rank: L/Cpl

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 2nd Battalion


Died Date: 31/01/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Surname: BLEZARD

Forename(s): James Edward

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 3/12472

Rank: Lance Corporal

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 2nd Bn.

Age: 33


Died Date: 31/01/1916

Additional Information: Son of James Edward and Rebecca Blezard, of Burton-in-Lonsdale, Carnforth; husband of Alice Blezard, of 4, Terrace St., Sowerby Bridge, Yorks. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: THE LORD TAKES OUR LOVED ONES FROM OUR HOMES BUT NOT FROM OUR HEARTS)

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DE RUVIGNY'S ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-1918 – Part Three

BLEZARD, JAMES EDWARD, L.-Corpl., No 12472, 2nd Battn. (76th Foot) The Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regt.), s. of James Edward Blezard, by his wife, Alice [sic]; b. Barton-in Lonsdale [sic], 26 Aug. 1882; educ. Bentham; enlisted 5 Oct. 1900; served with the Duke of Wellington's Regt. in India for five years; was in possession of Second and Third Class Certificates of Education, also a certificate from the Chaplain Seetatsore, India, and of two Good Conduct Badges, afterwards joining the Army Reserve; rejoined his old regiment 16 Jan. 1915; went to France in Feb. of the same year, and was present during the attack on Hill 60, 18 April, when he was wounded on the right side by a shrapnel bullet; sent home 25 April, after treatment in hospital; rejoined as fit for further service, and returned to France in July, 1915. After taking part in a few actions, was treated in hospital in France for pleurisy, and on recovery again went to the trenches, and was killed in action at Arras 31 Jan. 1916. Buried at Mailly Maillet. A comrade wrote: "I saw him alive for the last time on the morning of 31 Jan., when I filled his water-bottle with some tea, as he was going into the trenches. . . . It was about 3.30 p.m. when he was hit by a shell." He m. at Shipley Parish Church, 26 Dec. 1918, Alice (42, Terrace Street, Sowerby Bridge, co. York); s.p.

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Entry for the marriage of James Edward Blezard to Alice Torrence, 26 December 1908

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11 February 1916

BURTON-IN LONSDALE - An Old Burtonian Killed

Intimation has been forwarded by the War Office of the death of Pte. James Edward Blezard, 2nd Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Deceased, who was 33 years of age, was formerly in the army and at the outbreak of war joined his old regiment and has been engaged at the Front for some time. In April he was severely wounded but recovered and proceeded again to the trenches where he was killed by a shell on January 31st. His widow resides at Sowerby Bridge. He leaves no children. He is the first on the Thornton School roll of honour to lay down his life for his country.

11 February 1916


A letter was received from Pte. Robert McCann, of the Duke of Wellington's, eldest son of Mr. Elijah McCann, now of Barnoldswick, by Mr. Edwin Jackman on Sunday morning last, as follows:-

"France, February 1st, 1916.

Dear Ted,- I never have come across any of the Bentham boys where I am at, only one, and I lost him yesterday January 31st. He was a very good soldier. He and two or three more got out of the trench and were killed. His name is Jimmy Bleazard. They went to Saltaire from Bentham, and used to work in the dressing shop at Low Bentham Mill."

The soldier mentioned used to reside with his step-father in what was called Carr's Yard before it was removed to make the entrance to what is now called Goodenber Road. His father's name was Thomas Foster, and the soldier had two sisters, one of whom married Mr. H. Hornby and the other married a Mr. Coates of Burton.


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