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Robert BLEZARD

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Surname: BLEZARD

Forename(s): Robert

Place of Birth: Slaidburn, Yorkshire

Service No: 14190

Rank: L/Corporal

Regiment / Corps / Service: Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 'A' Coy 10th (Service) Battalion

Division: 21st Division

Age: 27

Date of Death: 1917-10-04

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: II. H. 2.

CWGC Cemetery: OXFORD ROAD CEMETERY

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: DUNSOP BRIDGE, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: NEWTON-IN-BOWLAND, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: SLAIDBURN, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: WHITEWELL, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Robert Blezard was the son of Robert and Jane Blezard, née Hoyle. Robert, senior, was born at Chipping and Jane at Thornley near Chipping, Lancashire.

1891 Claughton, Lancashire Census: Bradley Hill - Robert Blezard, aged 8 months, born Slaidburn, Yorkshire, son of Robert and Jane Blezard. [The Blezard family were boarding with John Hall, Farmer.]

1901 Newton-in-Bowland, Yorkshire Census: 6, Chapel Street - Robert Blezard, aged 10 years, born Bowland Forest, Yorkshire, son of Robert and Jane Blezard.

1911 Newton-in-Bowland, Yorkshire Census: Newton Hall Cottage - Robert Blezard, aged 20 years, born Whitendale, Yorkshire, son of Robert and Jane Blezard.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Robert Blezard, 14190, Yorks R. Theatre of War (1) France. Qualifying date [for 1914-15 Star]: 9.9.15. Dead.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Robert Blezard, 14190, 10/York. R. Dead.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: L/Cpl Robert Blezard, 14190, 10 Bn York. Date and Place of Death: 4.10.17. France. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - Robert. £16 3s. 4d.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: L/Cpl Robert Blezard, 14190, 10th Bn Yorks. Date and Place of Death: 4.10.17. In Action France. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - Robert. £0 17s. 6d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Robert (Blezzard).

A short biography of Robert is included in: ‘In Love, In Gratitude, In Remembrance - Remembering the Men & Women of Slaidburn, Newton in Bowland, Dunsop Bridge, Dale Head & Tosside’ by Margaret Brenchley (2018).

Photograph courtesy of Paul Walmsley.

Data Source: Local War Memorial

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

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L/Corporal Robert BLEZARD

L/Corporal Robert BLEZARD

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 21st Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 21st Division

Data from Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 - 1919 Records

Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records

Surname: BLEZARD

Forename(s): Robert

Born: Slaidburn, Clitheroe, Lancs

Residence: Newton, Clitheroe

Enlisted: Clitheroe

Number: 14190

Rank: L/Cpl

Regiment: Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion: 10th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 04/10/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: BLEZARD

Forename(s): R

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 14190

Rank: Lance Corporal

Regiment: Yorkshire Regiment

Unit: "A" Coy. 10th Bn.

Age: 27

Awards:

Died Date: 04/10/1917

Additional Information: Son of Robert and Jane Blezard, of Newton-in-Bowland, Clitheroe. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: WORTHY OF EVERLASTING LOVE FROM THOSE HE LEFT BEHIND)

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'Clitheroe Times' (27 October 1916)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)

NEWTON

HOME FROM FRANCE

A Newton correspondent writes: We have just had three local soldiers over direct from France - Captain Ralph Peel, William Eccles, of Dunsop Bridge, and Robert Bleazard, of Newton. They all look well and hearty and have had some exiting experiences. Pte. Robert Bleazard took part in the battle of Loos and was also in the charge of the 1st July, luckily escaping injury.

'Clitheroe Advertiser' (16 November 1917)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)

FORMER NEWTON GAMEKEEPER KILLED

LANCE CORPORAL ROBT BLEAZARD

Several weeks have elapsed since we announced that Lance-Corporal Robert Bleazard, 19th [sic] Yorkshires, whose home was at Newton, had been unofficially reported killed. This report, unfortunately, was founded on fact, the date of his death being October 4th. The parents however, have been consoled by the receipt of several letters from deceased's officers, testifying to his bravery and soldierly qualities. Lance-Corporal Bleazard was of a very quiet disposition, but he had a healthy man's fondness for sport, which he indulged in at every opportunity. It did not surprise his friends, therefore, when, before the war was many weeks old, he volunteered for service, and had borne himself bravely and well in many hard-fought battles in France. Some idea of the severity of the fighting in which he took part may be gained when it is stated that, at the battle of Loos, he and a comrade were the only members of the section to come through. He also took part in the Somme fighting. In civil life, Lance-Corporal Bleazard was a game-keeper on the Browsholme Hall estate. He was 27 years of age, and will be greatly missed in the district.

'Clitheroe Advertiser' (23 November 1917)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)

LANCE-CORPORAL R. BLEAZARD of the 19th [sic] Yorkshire Regt., whose home was at Newton, has been officially reported killed in action on October 4th. Twenty-seven years of age, he was formerly a gamekeeper on the Browsholme Hall estate, and enlisted three years ago.

Information courtesy of Paul Walmsley, L/Cpl Robert Blezard's great-nephew

Robert Blezard was born in Slaidburn in 1890 and at the time of enlistment on 5 Aug. 1914 lived in a cottage attached to Newton Hall, Newton in Bowland. His father Robert was a gamekeeper by profession and trained his son as such both working for the Newton estate. It is not clear that Robert was prompted to join on the first full day of war because of his profession, but he enlisted in Clitheroe at what is now the post office on King Street.

His training took him to Richmond, Thirsk then to Hertfordshire and Aldershot before entraining for Newhaven to be shipped to France in 1915. He saw action at Loos in September as part of 'A' Coy 10th (Service) Battalion Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment) then the first day of the Somme at Fricourt part of the 21st Division. Moving around the Somme until September 1916 his next major action saw him on the line for the third battle of Ypres. On the night of 3 October his company prepared for the attack on Broodseinde along side the Australians. By early morning of the 4th his company was subjected to a severe bombardment which claimed Robert's life. He was interred at Oxford Road cemetery.

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Private Robert Blezard

Private Robert Blezard

Courtesy of Paul Walmsley, great-nephew of Robert Blezard

Private Robert Blezard (standing)

Private Robert Blezard (standing)

Courtesy of Paul Walmsley, great-nephew of Robert Blezard

Private Robert Blezard, sitting at the front on the far right

Private Robert Blezard, sitting at the front on the far right

Courtesy of Paul Walmsley, great-nephew of Robert Blezard

Page 1 of the letter written by Private Robert Blezard in October 1914 to his aunt Isabella Baines, née Blezard

Page 1 of the letter written by Private Robert Blezard in October 1914 to his aunt Isabella Baines, née Blezard

Courtesy of Paul Walmsley, great-nephew of Robert Blezard

Page 2 of the letter written by Private Robert Blezard in October 1914 to his aunt Isabella Baines, née Blezard

Page 2 of the letter written by Private Robert Blezard in October 1914 to his aunt Isabella Baines, née Blezard

Courtesy of Paul Walmsley, great-nephew of Robert Blezard

Jane Blezard

Jane Blezard

Jane Blezard, née Hoyle, the mother of L/Cpl Robert Blezard

Courtesy of Paul Walmsley, great-nephew of Robert Blezard

Robert Blezard

Robert Blezard

Robert Blezard the father of L/Cpl Robert Blezard

Courtesy of Paul Walmsley, great-nephew of Robert Blezard

Oxford Road Cemetery, Belgium

Oxford Road Cemetery, Belgium

CWGC Headstone - [Personal inscription: WORTHY OF EVERLASTING LOVE/FROM THOSE HE LEFT BEHIND]

Courtesy of Paul Walmsley, great-nephew of Robert Blezard

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