Blandford, Frederick Rodford

Unit 53rd Australian Infantry Battalion
Accession Number PR03509
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1cm
Object type Diary, Letters, Papers
Maker Blandford, Frederick Rodford
Place made France
Date made 1917; 1975
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Description

Collection relating to 2869 Private (Pte) Frederick Rodford Blandford who served with the Lewis Machine Gun Section of 53rd Battalion AIF before he was killed in action at Polygon Wood on 26 September 1917. Comprises an original handwritten diary kept by Pte Blandford from April to September 1917, two original handwritten letters sent from France by Pte Blandford in 1917 to his sister Gertrude and her husband Sedgewick and their children Leah and Sedge (also known as 'Wick'), a thank you card sent by Pte Blandford's parents for sympathies sent after the death of their son, and a handwritten note which accompanied the gift of Pte Blandford's fob watch from his sister and brother-in-law, to their grandson Peter Collins (great nephew of Pte Blandford) in 1975. Pte Blandford's fob watch was returned to his family in Australia after his death, and is now held in the Memorial's Heraldry collection (REL33729).

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