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John (Jack) Bloomfield

Information about birth

Year of birth:
1893
Place of birth:
Dangar Village, Narrabri, New South Wales, Australia

General information

Profession:
Labourer

Army information

Country:
Australia
Force:
Australian Imperial Force
Rank:
Lance Serjeant
Service number:
16
Enlistment date:
13/01/1916
Enlistment place:
Muswellbrook, New South Wales, Australia
Units:
 —  Australian Infantry, 34th Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
12/10/1917
Place of death:
Between Tyne Cot and Seine House, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Age:
24

Cemetery

Tyne Cot Cemetery
Plot: 34
Row: H
Grave: 19

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 2

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place

My story

Lance Sergeant John (Jake) Bloomfield was part of the 34th Battalion Australian Infantry, 9th Australian Brigade, 3rd Australian Division. His battalion took part in the First Battle of Passchendaele on 12 October 1917. The 3rd Australian Division attacked at 5.25 a.m. The 34th Battalion Australian Infantry advanced but heavy shelling on the jump-off line brought confusion. The first and second objective were reached but the attack did not have enough force to consolidate the gains. As a result they were forced to retire almost back to their start line after 3 p.m. Lance Sergeant John Bloomfield’s body was found between Seine house and Tyne cot. (D16.d.7.8.), behind the jump-off line. Most witnesses in the Red Cross file report him being struck by a shell, killing him and other men around him. Most say he and the others were buried not far from a structure (pillbox or concrete dugout) and the grave marked with a rifle. His first grave was located in the Flandern I Stellung, a German bunker line. There is confusion about the date and time of his death, but one witness named a Private called Alexander Michael (service number 832) to be one of the men killed by the same shell. This man was reported to have been killed on the 13th of October 1917. This, together with other witness accounts, make it most likely that Lance Sergeant Jack Bloomfield was killed on the night between the 12th and the 13th, while consolidating the new frontline after the attack.

Files 1

Sources 9

[s .n.], Short History of the 34th Battalion AIF, 1957, 22-25.
Sources used
AIF Project
https://www.aif.adfa.edu.au/showPerson?pid=25400
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Chris McCarthy, Passchendaele : The Day-by-Day account, 2018, 128-131.
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CWGC
https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/461966/bloomfield,-/
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Photograph
https://vwma.org.au/explore/people/293324
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Red Cross Wounded and Missing File and Embarkation Roll
https://www.awm.gov.au/advanced-search?query=Bloomfield+16
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Service Record
https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/DetailsReports/ItemDetail.aspx?Barcode=3093386&isAv=N
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The Long Long Trail
https://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/
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War Diary 34th Bn. Australian Infantry
https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1339199
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