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Private William Blizzard (c.1784...1832)


Back To . . .48th Foot .The Northamptonshire Regiment

  • Born : Circa 1784
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  • Occupation : Child Band Member ( Drummer ) 48th / Soldier
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  • Rank on Discharge : Private
  • Date of Enlistment : 23/11/1793 age 9
  • Where Enlisted : St Vincent ,West Indies
  • Date of Discharge :25/6/1824
  • Where Discharged : Sydney
  • Died : 19/2/1832
  • Where Died / Buried : Bathurst.
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    Private William Blizzard arrived in Australia as part of the North Hamptonshire Regiment (48th
    Regiment of Foot) contingent, on board the ship "Dick" on 3/11/1817 one of three ships. The" Barque..Matilda ", and HM. ship " Lloyd's " being the other two . He began his military career at the in 1793 age of 9. His father was the band master of the 48th. William became a Drummer Boy under his fathers command. During his time prior to discharge, William became a Free Mason and eventually headed the Masonic Lodge no 218 as Master . It is interesting to note that at on stage William was recorded as a Corporal of the band yet he discharged as a Private. The reasons for the demotion is unknown.
    Following his discharge he became the publican of the Golden Fleece Inn at Kelso, Bathurst. William
    managed this inn until his early death in 1832.
    For his military service he was not awarded the General Service Medal . This is because the Medal was not minted for issue until 1848 . It is fair to say that he would have most certainly received the medal had he lived past 1832.

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    Last revised: January 20, 2007.