Blackburn, James Alexander

Blackburn, James Alexander "Red" (J. A.)

Rank Private, Sergeant
Service # A941
Unit # Royal Canadian Army Service Corps, 1st Divisional Supply Column
Resident Dresden
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DT 24/04/41.   The son of Mr. M. S. Blackburn “Official Word Received Sgt. Alex Blackburn Very Much Alive”.  So read the DT 4/11/43. Prior to this headline it was thought that Sgt. Blackburn  had died of wounds while serving in Sicily. ‘Red’ was mentioned in a letter home from Sgt. Irvine Law.

Married in England April 17th, 1943 to Kathleen Divall.

It turned out that the message received by his father had been sent out in error. The fact was that he had been wounded in action. It was regrettable that such an error could be made causing such “mental anxiety” for his family and friends 

In a ‘letter home from Sgt. Irvine Law to his sister Myrttle mentions Red Blackburn: “Red Blackburn and Fred Kerr, who are in the same unit as I am , were in a lorry that ran over a land mine. Fred was driving and he seemed to get the worst part of the blast.”

After return to Canada, eventually took over duties of Camden Township Clerk-Treasurer from his father. Myron S. Blackburn.  Alex was reported returning from overseas in the CDN 21/06/45. 

The CDN 21/06/45 reported that he was arriving home. Next of Kin: his father M. S. Blackburn of Dresden, ON.

Discharged August 1st, 1945.

Alexander passed away 28 Jan. 1998.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Awards 1939-1945 Star, Defence Medal, C.V.S.M. with Bar
Sources  KCFA, CM-IODE (P), DT, CDN
Age 36
Birthplace Born- October 6th, 1902
When Enlisted September 18th, 1939
Next of Kin Parents- Mr. & Mrs. Myron S., Wife- Mrs. Kathleen Divall

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