Private Arthur Blackburn, 1st/2nd (City Of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers), London Regiment, was killed in action on the 1st July 1916, aged 23. At the time of his death he was posted to the 12th Battalion, London Regiment which was part of the 56th (1st London) Division. On the 1st July 1916 this division attacked the German lines at Gommecourt on the Somme, going over the top at 07:30. By the end of the day the London battalions had lost 182 officers and 4,567 men killed, wounded and missing.
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.
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He is remembered on the WW1 Roll of Honour in St Andrew's Church, Catford.
He was the son of William and Helen Blackburn of 66 Fordel Road, Catford.
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