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Forename(s): Joseph

Place of Birth: Barnoldswick, Yorkshire

Service No: S/13253

Rank: L/Corporal

Regiment / Corps / Service: Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany’s)

Battalion / Unit: 7th (Service) Battalion

Division: 9th (Scottish) Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1916-10-10

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 15 C.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

Joseph Blezzard was the son of Fred and Hannah Blezzard, née Wilkinson. Both parents were born at Barnoldswick, Yorkshire. Joseph was the cousin of Private James Maurice Wilkinson (TR/107534) (q.v.) and Gunner Edgar Whatmough, who died of wounds, 5 October 1916.

1901 Barnoldswick, Yorkshire Census: 39, Wellhouse Street - Joseph Blezzard, aged 9 years, born Barnoldswick, son of Hannah Blezzard, widow. [Fred had died in 1899.]

1911 Nelson, Lancashire Census: 8, Cross Street - Joseph Blezzard, aged 19 years, born Barnoldswick, Yorkshire, son of Hannah Blezzard, widow.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Joseph Blezzard, S/13253, Seaforth.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Joseph Blezzard, S/13253, 7/Bn Sea. Hrs.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: L/Cpl Joseph Blezzard, S/13253, Seaforth Hdrs. Date and Place of Death: 10.10.16 in Action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Mother - Hannah. £5 15s. 9d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: L/Cpl Joseph Blezzard. Name(s) on card(s): Dependant: Mrs Hannah Blezzard. Relationship to soldier: Mother. Address: 8, Cross Street, Nelson, Lancs.

Joseph is commemorated in the Rolls of Honour at the Scottish National War Memorial, Edinburgh.

A short biography of Joseph is included in: ‘Barnoldswick – A small Town’s part in conflicts 1800 to 2014’ by Peter Ian Thompson (2014).

Photograph: ‘Burnley News’ (28 October 1916).

Data Source: Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19 Records


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


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L/Corporal Joseph BLEZZARD

L/Corporal Joseph BLEZZARD

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany’s)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany’s)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 9th (Scottish) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 9th (Scottish) Division

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Forename(s): Joseph

Born: Barnoldswick, Yorks


Enlisted: Nelson, Lancs

Number: S/13253

Rank: L/Cpl

Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, the Duke of Albany's)

Battalion: 7th Battalion


Died Date: 10/10/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Forename(s): Joseph

Country of Service:

Service Number: S/13253

Rank: Lance Corporal

Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders

Unit: 7th Bn.



Died Date: 10/10/1916

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'Burnley News' (28 October 1916)

(Kindly supplied by Robert S. Richardson)



Two sisters, Mrs. Blezzard, 8, Cross-street, Nelson, and Mrs. Whatmough, 151, Every-street, Nelson, have lost sons in the great war. Both were fine young men, and were held in high regard. Lance-Corpl. J. Blezzard who was 25 years of age, was in the Seaforth Highlanders. He enlisted on May 3rd, and went to the Front on August 29th. He was connected with the Stanley-street United Methodist Church, being a member of the choir. He formerly worked at Mr. Wilkinson's, Laurel Bank. The news of his death is conveyed by Pte. Smith of the same regiment, who writes that Pte Blezzard was killed on the 12th October, at 1 p.m. "He was sleeping in his dug-out at the time," writes Pte Smith, "when a shell exploded in the trench and he was instantaneously killed. I was not present, but was informed by those who saw the shell land that he suffered no pain in any way. We buried him in his last resting place, and a cross bearing his name was put at the head."

A fortnight ago to-day the parents of Gunner Edgar Whatmough, of 151, Every-street, Nelson, received word from one of his mates that their son had been seriously wounded, and on the 17th inst. word came from the War Office that he had succumbed to his wounds on the 5th inst., at a place not stated. Gunner Whatmough was 19 years of age, and was formerly a weaver at Messrs. Wm. Hartley's Pendle-street mill. He joined the Royal Field Artillery on the 14th August, 1915, and went out to France last Christmas. He was attached to the 21st Trench Motor [sic] Battery. His twin brother has also joined up and is now in training at Larkhill Camp.

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'Burnley News' (28 October 1916)

'Burnley News' (28 October 1916)

Gunner Edgar Whatmough (died of wounds, 5 October 1916), the cousin of L/Cpl James Blezzard

Kindly supplied by Robert S. Richardson



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