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William Belworthy BLUE

William Belworthy BLUE

Male 1879 - 1915  (36 years)

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  • Name William Belworthy BLUE 
    Nickname Bill 
    Born 7 Aug 1879  Strathalbyn, SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Education Education :
    * Hahndorf College : Bill was a day student rather than a boarder.
    * Roseworthy College : An agriculture school - to learn wool-classing (ref : Butler p265)
     
    Military service Military :
    * Bill enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 19th August 1914 in Morphetville. This was a few months after he had attended his mother's funeral.
    * Service number : 15
    * Rank : 15 Pte 03 LHR RHQ to Sig/Cpl 3-15
    * On enlistment he was described as 34 years old, unmarried, wool traveller, 5 ft 8 ins and 149 lb, chest measurement 35 - 36 inches, complexion dark, eyes brown and hair black, and religion Anglican. He was much smaller than his older brother Archibald.
    * Initially he was a private and later became a corporal. His service number was 15 and he served with the 3rd Light Horse like his brother Archibald (ref : Aust War Memorial 145 Roll of Honour Cards and War Service Record NAA:B2455)
    * He embarked on the HMAT Port Lincoln (A17) from Adelaide on 22nd Oct 1914
    * He served in Gallipoli and then Egypt as a dispatch rider and signalling.
    * "Bill Blue had survived Gallipoli merely to succumb to sniper wounds while on dispatch rider duties in the Egyptian desert. For South Australian readers, the Chronicle of 30th October depicted a modern Lohengrin : It is stated that Corporal Blue was easily the best rider in the Adelaide Hunt Club of which he was a member for some years. His love for horses was remarkable and he seemed more concerned about their comfort than his own. He was half owner of the steeple chaser Fortune which was killed at a race meeting at Port Adelaide. Before he left, the Adelaide Hunt Club presented him with a fine charger which he took to Egypt." (p179)
     
    Notes for biography Biography :
    * Bill attended Shylie's wedding in 1906.
    * He was a superb horseman. He rode with the Adelaide Hunt Club.
    * He never had married as there is no reference to a wife or children as next of kin when he enlisted or when he died. He nominated Archibald as his next of kin.
    * Bill was 36 years old when he died on military service.
     
    Notes for biography Death :
    * Date : 13th October 1915 in Alexandria, Egypt
    * Wounded in action (WIA) 22nd September 1915 - head concussion near Destroyer Hill (G) died meningitis (ref : Steven Becker) . He was admitted to the Alexandria General Hospital (21GH)
    * Final days : "Blue was only in the hospital a few days. He was very ill when he arrived suffering slightly from concussion and with a bullet wound in his face. He was conscious and consented to be operated on. Operation was performed on 11th and an incision was made, there was a great swelling round the jaw and a large abscess formation round neck and jaw; and the nerve was apparently damaged as he was unable to swallow and was delirious for two days. He died at 12:45 am on the 14th. He was rarely able to talk and it was difficult to hear what he said. I told him I would have his things sent home and would write to Archibald Gollan Blue and to his married sister which I did. He gave me the address and I confirmed it from his pay book. He left no messages." (ref : notes by 3rd ALH Sister Cherry, General Hospital 21, in Red Cross file 1DRL/0428)
    * His personal effects were disc, mirror, photos in frame, photos, pipe, safety razor, wristlet watch, case, notebook, soap box, shaving brush, jack knife, mirror, strap, letters (ref : War Service Record NAA:B2455, p 10)
    * Burial : Chatby Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Alexandria, Egypt - grave 1725 - this later became plot D, grave 46 (ref: NAA:B2455, p 27).
     
    Notes for biography Relationship with Sir Samuel:-
    * Bill, as the youngest of the three boys, probably lived with this mother and younger sister with Kitty & Samuel after they married. As a 19 year old, he probably was part of the Montifiore household for a few years.
    * Samuel Way's will : How names have appeared in Samuel's will have given clues about his relationship with them. I notice Kitty's children are treated differently with both Shylie & Archibald being left 2000 pounds, William 'just' 500 pounds and Sinclair did not get a mention. Shylie had probably been close to Kitty. Archibald might have managed Samuel's property in Noarlunga (for a while, before the war). It so happened that William died before Samuel - Samuel signed his will in July 1914, William died on active service in the war in Oct 1915, and Samuel died in January 1916.  
    Notes for biography Sources :
    * Mapping Our Anzacs - WW1 Service Record, NAA:B2455, BLUE W B  
    Notes for biography Sport: Archibald played with his brothers, Sinclair and Archibald, in the first Coonawarra cricket match (BW, 9th Feb 1898). 
    Occupation Occupation :
    * Bill worked on a station in the South East for a short time between after leaving school at Hahndorf and before he went to Roseworthy College. (ref : Butler p 265)
    * Worked at Dalgety & Co after qualifying as a wool classer. (ref : Butler p265)
    * For a while, he might have lived in Glenroy Station (in the South East) which was managed by his uncle John Forbes Gordon. (ref: Peter Rymill)
     
    Died 13 Oct 1915  Alexandria, Egypt Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Chatby Military and War Cemetery, Alexandria, Egypt Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Grave 1725 (this later became plot D, grave 46), Chatby Military and War Cemetery, Alexandria, Egypt
    Person ID I25  Samuel WAY
    Last Modified 11 Jan 2017 

    Father William Archibald Sinclair ('Billy') BLUE,   b. 10 Jan 1846, Poplar, London, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1896, Hahndorf, SA, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Mother Catherine Gillon ('Kitty') GORDON,   b. 8 Apr 1854, Larbert, Stirling, Scotland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 May 1914, 'Montefiore', North Adelaide, SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Married 24 Oct 1872  Residence of Donald Gollan in Point Sturt, SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children of the marriage * They had three sons and then a daughter.
    * It is interesting that they gave the three boys the names of Billy's own three given names, but in the opposite order.
    * The daughter, Shylie, was the only one to have offspring - Kitty's and Billy's only grandchildren. 
    Wedding Wedding : Kitty and Billy were married on 24th October 1872 at the residence of Donald Gollan in Point Sturt by Rev. F. Slaney Pooie, B.A (ref : Australian Marriage Index - Strathalbyn, page 158 vol 93 and Southern Argus, Port Elliot, on 1 November 1872 p 2 Family Notices)
    At the time of the wedding, Kitty was 18 years old and Billy was 26 years old.
     
    Family ID F7  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    W - William Blue at the wedding of his sister, Shylie, in 1906
    W - William Blue at the wedding of his sister, Shylie, in 1906

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] NAA, NAA: B2455, p 27.

    2. [S1] Australian Marriage Index.