Roger Horatio Lyall Bligh
Bligh, Private Roger Horatio Lyall no.97.
11th Light Horse A Squadron DCM.
Beamish Street, Campsie.
Son of Richard and Mary Emma Bligh.
Enlisted 14/12/1914, aged 24.
Church of England.
Next of kin, father, Richard Bligh, Campsie.
Living at Flushcombe Road, Blacktown at the time of enlistment.
Embarked from Brisbane 2/6/1915 per HMAT A7 Medic.
Distinguished Conduct Medal recommendation: For gallantry and devotion to duty in the field at Damieh on the 1st May 1918 when the retirement of the forward posts was ordered the telephone wires were found to be disconnected by shellfire. This NCO immediately ran to deliver the message and his course taking him over a shell fire and Machine Gun swept zone but undaunted he never wavered in his work and was able to get the message through. Again at the same place and time he saw two men of the Field Ambulance trying to get away during the retirement. He immediately took two led horses forward under heavy concentrated Machine Gun and rifle fire to get them. Corporal Bligh was wounded in the attempt but was able to reach the men and complete the task. His promptness on both occasions was invaluable.
Returned to Australia 26/1/1919.
Australian War Memorial record available at: https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R2053857/ (accessed 15/07/2016).
The primary source of the information on this page is copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from the Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.
An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 individuals recorded in the book - the list is titled Canterbury's Boys List. Each name in the list is linked to an editable biographical file created by copying the biography copied from the book. These editable biographies have been created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to add information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.
Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002