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Lyle Aubrey Blackman enlisted from Ballarat with the 8th Battalion, D Company on 24 August 1914 as a 2nd Lieutenant at the age of 24. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914. On 26 June 1915 he was admitted to hospital in Gallipoli and transferred to the 19th General Hospital in Alexandria as suffering from gastro-enteritis. He later contracted influenza and continued his hospital stay until 7 April 1916, whereupon he was discharged back to duty.
On 28 March 1918 he again found himself in hospital, this time due to being wounded in action in France with a gunshot wound to the upper right forearm. He was later wounded in action a second time in France, having received a gunshot wound to the right wrist, left shoulder and both thighs. His conduct during this event would see he was awarded with the Military Cross (see below). He was transferred to England where he would remain until embarking upon the 'Wahehe' for Australia.
Cpt. Blackman received the Military Cross for æconspicuous gallantry and determination during the attack north of Rosieres on 9th August, 1918. He led the right forward company splendidly, and secured his objective against heavy odds in face of intense machine gun fire. Though wounded early in the advance he carried on, and personally led several bayonet charges on enemy posts, setting his men a fine example, which they were not slow to follow.'
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