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John (Jack) Bloomfield

Informatie over geboorte

Geboortejaar:
1893
Geboorteplaats:
Dangar Village, Narrabri, New South Wales, Australië

Algemene Informatie

Beroep:
Arbeider

Informatie legerdienst

Land:
Australië
Strijdmacht:
Australian Imperial Force
Rang:
Lance Serjeant
Service nummer:
16
Dienstneming datum:
13/01/1916
Dienstneming plaats:
Muswellbrook, New South Wales, Australië
Eenheden:
 —  Australian Infantry, 34th Bn.  (Laatst gekende eenheid)

Informatie over overlijden

Datum van overlijden:
12/10/1917
Plaats van overlijden:
Between Tyne Cot and Seine House, België
Doodsoorzaak:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Leeftijd:
24

Begraafplaats

Tyne Cot Cemetery
Plot: 34
Rij: H
Graf: 19

Onderscheidingen en medailles 2

British War Medal
Medaille
Victory Medal
Medaille

Points of interest 2

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Mijn verhaal

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.

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[s .n.], Short History of the 34th Battalion AIF, 1957, 22-25.
Gebruikte bronnen
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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Foto
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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