Royal Field Artillery 5th Battery. 45th Brigade
Died of wounds on Friday 4th December 1917 aged 40.
Caused by a shell burst while leaving the guns for a rest period.
For much of the First World War, Vlamertinghe (now Vlamertinge) was just outside the normal range of German shell fire and the village was used both by artillery units and field ambulances.
He is buried in Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, Belgium.
William was the third son of Edward Blackham a Gardener and Maria Blackham, of 9, The Scotches, Belper.
He had two brother's who served, Joseph and Herbert who both survived the war.
William had been a regular soldier joining the RGA at the age of 17 in 1894 and had served in India for twelve years. As a boy, before enlisting at 17, he had worked for Mr W S Bowler a chemist and the late Mr Bacon, locally known as the 'Cow Doctor'.
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