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
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