Arthur Blackburn VC CMG CBE

Arthur Seaforth Blackburn VC CMG CBE (1892 - 1960)

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Brigadier Arthur Seaforth Blackburn VC CMG CBE
Born in Woodville, South Australia, Australiamap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in St Peters College Chapel, Hackney, South Australia, Australiamap
[children unknown]
Died in Crafers, South Australia, Australiamap
Profile last modified | Created 8 May 2011
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Arthur Seaforth Blackburn [1] (1892-1960), soldier and lawyer, was born on 25 November 1892 at Woodville, South Australia, youngest child of Rev. Thomas Blackburn and his second wife Margaret Harriette Stewart, née Browne.
He was educated at Pulteney Grammar School, the Collegiate School of St Peter and the University of Adelaide (LL.B., 1913). He had been articled to C. B. Hardy and was admitted as a legal practitioner in 1913. . . . more . .

Event: Type: Anecdote Date: 2008

Note: He was a Solicitor living at 2 Commercial Road, Hyde Park, South Australia when, on 19 August 1914 he enlisted in the 10th Battalion, A Company as a Private. His unit embarked from Adelaide on board Transport A11 Ascanius on 20 October 1914.
He was promoted to Lieutenant and returned to Australia on 16 October 1916 having been awarded the Victoria Cross 'For conspicuous bravery. He was directed with 50 men to drive the enemy from a strong point. By dogged determination he eventually captured their trench after personally leading four separate parties of bombers against it, many of whom became casualties. In face of fierce opposition he captured 250 yards of trench. Then, after crawling forward with a sergeant to reconnoitre, he returned attack and seized another 120 yards of trench, establishing communication with the battalion on his left.'

Anzac Day 1947
Photo : Right - Service leaders
Service leaders at the head of the procession. From left-The president of the Returned Servicemen's League (Brigadier A. S. Blackburn, V.C.), the District Naval Oficer (Commander N. R. Read), the S.A. Commandant (Brigadier L. E. S. Barker), and the Senior Resident R.A.A.F. Oficer in S.A. (Group Captain A. G. Carr).


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Margaret Forbes, daughter of Arthur Seaforth BLACKBURN VC, CBE, ED, chats with the ACCU about her father.


  1. R. A. Blackburn, 'Blackburn, Arthur Seaforth (1892–1960)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,
    published first in hardcopy 1979, accessed online 15 November 2017.

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