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Born in Ballarat, Victoria and a School Teacher by Occupation, Jack Inglis Blaikie was 23 years and single when enlisted on the 2nd of August 1916 in the 5th Battalion, 24th Reinforcement, Australian Imperial Force, with the rank of Private, Number 7206. His Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on the 19th of February 1917. Admitted to Fargo Military Hospital N.Y.D. (Stats Cpl) Bronchitis and discharged on the 29th of May 1917. On the 26th of April 1917 reverts to the Ranks and on the 7th of July 1917 appointed Acting Corporal. Reverts to the ranks on marching out to the 27th Machine Gun Coy on the 6th of August 1917. On the 20th of October 1917 Admitted to Hospital sick and again admitted to Tetbury Cottage Hospital Aero Acc slt. On command at No. 2 School of Military Aeron Oxford for training as Flying Officer Pilot and appointed Cadet on the 6th of May 1918. And was listed as returned to Australia on the 28th of February 1919 ex 'Anchises' with the Termination of Appointment from the A.I.F. 3rd Military District and disembarked on the 17th of April 1919 and discharged on the 17th of May 1919. Tree No.2837