Blackburn, Alfred: Service no. 406247

Digitized Service Record

Source:  Guarding Niagara – The Welland Canal Force, 1914 – 1918

406247 Alfred Blackburn, DCM, MM. Born in England, he was serving in the 19th “Lincoln” Regiment when he joined the CEF. Earned while serving in the 18th Battalion, CEF. Gazetted 24 January 1919.

“For conspicuous gallantry in action. This NCO, after his Platoon Officer and two Sgts had become casualties, took command of his platoon. By his fearless example, he rallied the men under heavy fire, and led them to the objective. He showed the greatest initiative in reorganizing and consolidating the captured position. His conduct throughout the action was a splendid example to the men.” 264

Military Medal Award Citation (Source unknown – researching)

“For conspicuous gallantry in action. This NCO, after his Platoon Officer and two Sgts had become casualties, took command of his platoon. By his fearless example, he rallied the men under heavy fire, and led them to the objective. He showed the greatest initiative in reorganizing and consolidating the captured position. His conduct throughout the action was a splendid example to the men.”

D.C.M. Citation - The London Gazette Publication date:14 January 1919 Supplement:31128Page:848

D.C.M. Citation – The London Gazette
Publication date: 14 January 1919 Supplement: 31128 Page: 848

Distinguished Conduct Medal Citation

On the 28th of August, 1918, in front of Vis-en-Atrois, he attacked single-handed a party who emerged from a dug-out and were try to bring a machine gun into action. He killed several of the crew and captured the gun and five prisoners. His gallant and prompt action saved many casualties, and his platoon was able to advanced unimpeded.

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