Bligh, Eric (1894-1915)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.
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Details: Eric Bligh (1894-1915), born 30 December 1894 at Caterham Valley. Son of Dr William Bligh (Old Shirburnian) and Lilian Josephine Bligh (née Lafone), Dalestead, Caterham Valley, Surrey.
Attended The Dene, Caterham, Surrey.
Attended Sherborne School (Abbeylands) September 1908-July 1913. Member of the junior OTC with the rank of Lance-Corporal.
Attended Christ's College, Cambridge. Private in the senior OTC Medical.
WW1, Gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the East Lancashire Regiment, 3rd Bn. (Reserve) on 15 August 1914. Joined the 2nd Battalion at the Front on 7 March 1915, served through the Battle of Neuve Chapelle. Killed in action at Fromelles on 9 May 1915, in the assault on Auber's Ridge.
Le Trou Aid Post Cemetery, Fleurbaix, A.1 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/303118/BLIGH,%20ERIC
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Abbeylands roll of honour.
His commanding officer, Major Maclear, wrote: "Your son was shot by a German machine gun whilst leading his platoon in an assault on the German trenches opposite Fromelles on Sunday, 9 May, death being instantaneous. Your son was only with us a short time, but we were all very fond of him, and you have the consolation of knowing that he could not have died a nobler death." He was promoted Lieutenant after his death to rank as from 13 February 1915, and was buried on the road from Sailly to Fromelles.