BLYTHE, Percy ( MM )

Service Number –   3457.

Rank –    Lieutenant.

Unit / Division –   28th  Battalion.

Enlistment Date –   12  November  1915

Address on Enlistment –   Albert  Road,  Bunbury,  W. A.

Occupation on Enlistment –   Farmer.

Next of Kin on Enlistment –   Wife-  Mary  McNeil  Morrison  Blythe,  Albert  Road  Bunbury,  W. A.


Religion –   Congregational.

Embarkation Details –   From  Fremantle  on  17  January  1916  on  HMAT  A30 “ Borda “.

KIA / Mortally Wounded –

Date –   10  June  1918.

Place –   Western  Front,  France.

Age at Death –   23.

Burial Location / Commemoration Details –   Franvillers  Communal  Cemetery  Extension,  Somme,  France  ( Plot  1,  Row  E,  Grave  No. 24 ).

Panel Number, Roll of Honour (Australian War Memorial) –   112.

” Awarded Military Medal for bravery under heavy fire at Pozieres France “

On the 16th August, 1916 the then Corporal Percy Blythe was recommended for the Distinguished Conduct Medal by the G. O. C  7th Aust. Infantry Brigade as follows:-
” He earned special distinction during the attack on Pozieres Ridge on night of 28/29th July 1916, in maintaining communication between the surviving officers of his Company under very severe fire and right under the German wire. He attended to the wounded and placed them in positions of comparitive safety and when the withdrawal was ordered he informed surviving men along the whole line, giving assistance to the wounded as he went. He took part in the counter-attack on 5th August 1916, and was wounded. ”

Blythe was subsequently awarded the Military Medal for these above actions.

Date of London Gazette: 21 September 1916.

Location in London Gazette :-  Page 9204,  Position 17.

Date of Commonwealth of Australia Gazette:-  14 December 1916.

Location in Commonwealth of Australia Gazette :-  Page 3380,  Position 20.


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