• Julius Bleckman

Army / Flying Corps
  • 26th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 7th Brigade
  • Temporary Corporal
  • Corporal
  • Sergeant
  • Private

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  • Birth

    Kimberley, South Africa

  • Enlistment - WW1

    Lismore, NSW, Australia

Stories and comments
    • AWM and NAA records by Gary Parsons researcher 26th Bn.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Sunday, 30 September 2018

    Correct surname is BLECKMAN - From S.A. . Died 1939

    • The Men of "A" Company, 26th Battalion
    • Posted by jaydsydaus121, Tuesday, 21 January 2020

    Northern Star (Lismore, NSW : 1876 - 1954) Fri 12 Mar 1915 Page 5 OFF TO THE FRONT. W. R. Smart, J. H. Clements. W. D. Cameron, W. K. King and J. Bleckman left this week to join the Light Horse section of the Australian Expeditionary Force at Brisbane. The Richmond River Express and Casino Kyogle Advertiser (NSW : 1904 - 1929) Fri 21 Jun 1918 Page 6 PRISONER IN GERMANY. Sergeant J. Blackman, of Whiporie, who enlisted at Grafton, has been for some a prisoner of war in Germany, and recently exchanged, writes as follows :-I was captured on November 13, 1916. I was wounded in both legs from bombs, and fell in a shell hole. A few minutes after two men fell alongside me, badly wounded, and shortly afterwards another came crawling in, a friend of mine, and started lo attend to me. The Germans by then surrounded us ; a bomb came and killed my friend, his body fell on me, protecting me. Just then four German soldiers and an officer came over. The officer shot the two wounded men, and said to me (he could speak English well), 'You are an N.C.O. and an English pig. You have only two or three hours to live, and you can linger them out in agony, and die the death of a dog. I remained there until the 16th. Three days later another lot of Germans relieved the first, and found me quite unconscious. They brought me round, and treated me well. I found then I had received a few more wounds, such as a broken arm and a wound in my left foot. I also bad frozen feet. They took me to the first field hospital, where I had to wait four hours, then continued the journey to the second field hospital, which took eight hours. Until I arrived, after four days' travelling, I received no medical treatment. During the nine days I remained here two operations were performed on me. I was next sent on to Cambrai, where I was imprisoned for five weeks, and went under two more operations before being sent on to Berlin in the middle of September. I was kept there for four months, and underwent a final operation. The treatment of prisoners in Berlin was awful. We were frozen and starved. What food we did get was filthy, and unfit for pigs. The doctors only changed our bandages (which were of paper) every eight days. Shortly afterwards I was again transferred, and during the whole of my travels I only saw one nurse employed. I asked her for a drink of water. She brought a cupful and threw it in my face. I was at Mannheim for a few days on my way lo Switzerland when the town was raided by our airmen, and we did enjoy the German factories burning. Sergeant Blackman concludes his letter by stating that he is now in Hospital in England, happy and comfortable as possible under the circumstances, amongst his own countrymen. Daily Standard (Brisbane, Qld. : 1912 - 1936) Sat 16 Nov 1918 Page 6 It is requested that the next or kin will communicate with the officer in charge Base Records, Victoria Barracks, Melbourne, at the earliest pos ible moment: No. 17, Sergeant J. Bleckman, "A" Company 26th Battalion A.I.F. The Week (Brisbane, Qld. : 1876 - 1934) Fri 6 Dec 1918 Page 64 RETURNED SOLDIERS. Brisbane once more gave hearty welcome to returning soldiers on 28th November. A contingent of 164 men, including 10 original Anzacs, arrived at the Central station shortly before 6 o'clock, and their appearance was the signal for great cheering. As they passed up Queen, street, en route to the Kangaroo Point Military Hospital, thousands of people in the streets waved flags, applauded, or cheered, as a welcome to the soldiers, many of whom had been wounded. Confetti fell on the motor cars in showers. It was a fine welcome, and the men must have been very pleased. At the hospital, the Red Cross provided a choice repast. Speeches of welcome were delivered by the Minister for Lands (Hon. J. H, Coyne), and the Mayor (Ald. J. M'Master). An apology, for absence was received from the Deputy Governor (Sir Pope Cooper). Cheers were given for the soldiers, and also for the men still on active service. The following is a list of those who returned :- Sergt J. Bleckman, 26th Btn.; The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947) Thu 26 Jun 1919 Page 7 A pretty wedding was celebrated on 16th June, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Begg, Stanthorpe, when their eldest daughter, Jean Hay, was married to Sgt. J. Bleckman, late of the 26th Battalion, A.I.F. The ceremony was conducted by the Rev. G. F. E. Clarke. During the singing of the hymn, "The Voice that Breathed o'er Eden," the bride entered with her father, who subsequently gave her away. The bride looked charming in a handsome frock of white georgette, with a deep silk belt embroidered with pearls, and finished at the back with a large embroidered bow. She wore a handsomely embroidered wedding veil, with wreath of orange blossom, and carried a sheaf of lilies tied with streamers of the bridegroom's battalion colours, purple and blue. The bridesmaids were Miss E. A. Begg, sister of the bride, and Miss E. Cunneen (Brisbane), both of whom wore dainty frocks of white charmeuse and net hats, trimmed with forget-me-nots. Driver Lomas was best man. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the guests were entertained at the Cafe Majestic, the table decorations being adorned with the battalion colours of the bridegroom. The handsome wedding cake was specially made and ornamented by Mrs. Kelly, Tingalpa. During the wedding breakfast, several toasts were honoured. One feature of the drinking of the toast, "The King" was the fact that the glass used by the bride and bridegroom was the same glass which was used by the late Queen Victoria on 12th September, 1848, when she tasted the whisky at Lochnagar distillery, the proprietor of which was the great-grandfather of the bride. The bride and bride-groom are spending their wedding tour travelling for some months. The bride's travelling dress was a costume of cream gabardine, with white furs and a large satin hat. The bridegroom's gift to the bride was a handsome gold wristlet watch, to the bride's mother he gave a handsome brooch, and to the bridesmaids, gold bangles. The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947) Tue 26 Dec 1939 Page 8 FUNERAL NOTICES. BLECKMAN.—The Relatives and Friends of Julius Bleckman, of Birdwood Street, Coorparoo, late 26th Battalion, A.I.F., are invited to attend his Funeral, to move from Alex Gow's Funeral Chapel, Petrie Bight, To-morrow (Wednesday) Forenoon, at 10 o'clock, for the Crematorium, Mt Thompson. No flowers by request. ALEX. GOW BLECKMAN.—The Relatives and Friends of Mr. and Mrs. J. Campbell and Family, Birdwood Street, Coorparoo, are invited to attend the funeral of their beloved Brother, Brother-in-law and Uncle, Mr. Julius Bleckman, to move from Alex Gow's Funeral Parlour Petrie Bight, at 10 a.m. Wednesday Morning, to the Crematorium, Mt Thompson. No flowers by request. The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947) Fri 29 Dec 1939 Page 9 BEREAVEMENT NOTICE. The GUARDIAN of MIDSHIPMAN JOHN FARQUHARSON BLECKMAN at present on his Majesty's service somewhere at sea, desires to THANK all those who attended his Father, Julius Bleckman, late 26th Battalion, in his last illness.

    • Julius Bleckman - Northern Star - correct background?
    • Posted by jaydsydaus121, Wednesday, 12 February 2020

    The article claims he was born in Germany, but does not cite the source.

    Sergeant Julius Bleckman