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Robert Blanchard

Surname

Christian Names

Service Number

Rank

Regiment

Blanchard

Robert

3/411

Pte

6 Wilts

Born

Age

Enlisted at

Address

 

37

 

The Butts

Date of Death

Where killed

Cause of Death

27/09/1914

Tidworth

Illness - Cerebral haemorrhage

Cemetery

Plot

Country

Chippenham (London Road)

1449

England

Next of Kin

Next of kin address

Town

Florence Blanchard (Fortune)

The Butts Chippenham

Notes

Blanchardís widow, Florence died 22 January 1948 aged 67. She was buried with her husband,

Pte Blanchard died at Tidworth aged 37. He was the second son of CSgt Blanchard. He had served with the Northumberland Fusiliers and later on the permanent staff as Devizes and had served in the Coldstream Guards. On leaving the Army, he worked for Chippenham Signal Works. When War broke out he rejoined the Colours and was drafted to the C Company, 6th Wilts, Kitchener`s Army, stationed at Tidworth.

On Saturday 26th September 1914 he collapseed with a cerebral haemorrhage and died the next day after seeing his wife Florence and other relatives who had been brought from Chippenham. At the time of his collapse, he was cleaning his uniform ready for a visit to Chippenham.

Being the son of a soldier, he was born in the Woolwich Barracks and died in Barracks. His younger brother is a signaller serving in France.

Blanchardís body was accompanied from Tidworth to Chippenham by Lt Hartley, Sgt`s Avenhill, Glover, Smith and Pte Robinson. (Possibly killed later on in the War and on the War Memorial)

His funeral was on Thursday 1st October 1914. His coffin, draped in the union flag was carried in a glass sided hearse from his home at The Butts to the cemetery in London Road. The coffin was of polished elm with brass furniture bearing the inscription

Private R Blanchard
Died September 27th 1914
Aged 37

Relatives at the funeral included Mrs Tanner (sister) Herbert Tanner (nephew) and FJ Tanner (nephew). He was buried with full military honours including a firing party commanded by Lt Hartley.

Both Herbert and Frank Tanner joined the Army. Herbert Tanner was killed. during the War.

Wilts Times 3 October 1914

Memorials Commemorated on:

Chippenham Town War Memorial

Yes

St Paulís Church

St Andrewís Church

Yes

Liberal Club

Hardenhuish Church

Causeway Methodist Church
Pewsham Street
Boys School
Congregation Church

Last updated - 09/05/2016

 

 


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