Second Lieutenant Andrew Blaydes
3rd Battalion, AIF
Service Number: 1081
Born: 1884, Loudwater, England
Died: 6 August 1915, Lone Pine Gallipoli, Turkey
Andrew Marvell Delme Blaydes was born in 1884 the son of Harry Seymour Blaydes and Amy Constance (nee Wheatley). The family migrated to Australia around 1913. After arriving in Australia, Andrew Blaydes was employed as a bank teller and listed farming as his occupation on enlistment. Two of Andrew Blaydes’ brothers also enlisted during WW1.
Blaydes enlisted on 28 August 1914 and his prior service with the Senior Cadets was the reason that he was appointed a Colour Sergeant with A Company, 3rd Battalion. He left Australia aboard A14 HMAT Euripides on 20 October 1914 and arrived in Egypt on 2 December 1914. After training in Egypt, Blaydes embarked on the Derflinger on 5 April 1915 for duty with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. The battalion took part in the Gallipoli landing on 25 April 1915 as part of the second and third waves. After landing at Gallipoli, Blaydes was appointed 2nd Lieutenant on 1 May 1915. From 6 – 8 August the battalion took part in Battle for Lone Pine and Blaydes was killed during the battle. He was
reported as being shot in the head while standing on the parapet and fell into the trench. He died soon after and was buried at Lone Pine. Bernard Joseph Bruton from Emu Plains, also a member of the 3rd Battalion, was killed during this battle as well.
- Lone Pine Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey
- Roll of Honor, Memory Park, Penrith
- Roll of Honor, St Stephen’s Church, Penrith
After the war, the grave belonging to Blaydes could not be identified.
- National Archives of Australia: B2455, BLAYDES A M D
- Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau File No: 0420701
- Australian War Memorial First World War Nominal Roll
- Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
- Penrith City Library Biography files
- Nepean Times(Trove)