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Blacklaws, Alec Stuart

Son of Mr David Blacklaws, City Councillor of Kimberley, South Africa, entered Guy's Hospital in May 1914, as a third year Dental Student.

During his studentship at Hospital he showed himself an enthusiast at all branches of sport and was very conspicuous as a member of the Hospital football eleven.

He qualified for the L.D.S. in May, 1916. He immediately joined the Officers' Training Corps, and was appointed 2nd Lieutenant to the Royal Field Artillery, on 12th March 1917. For gallantry and distinguished service in the field he was awarded the Military Cross.

He was killed in action in France on the 7th January 1918. Guy's Hospital Reports Vol.LXX, War Memorial Number

Biographical

Surname(s)Blacklaws
First name(s)Alec Stuart
Family detailsSon of David S. F. Blacklaws, of Clock Na Ben, Memorial Road, Kimberley, South Africa, and the late Elizabeth Sterling Blacklaws
Previous educationKimberley High School
CollegeGuy's Hospital
Dates at college1914-1916
Dept / courseL.D.S.
QualificationsL.D.S. 1916
Military unitRoyal Horse Artillery, Royal Field Artillery ''D'' Bty. 161st Bde
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
CampaignsFrance and Flanders
Decorations / medalsMilitary Cross
Citation(s)For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When in charge of convoys taking ammunition to forward gun positions he persisted in his efforts, though under very heavy shell fire, to deliver the ammunition. Though the road was being heavily shelled throughout the day and almost impassable for traffic, he succeeded in getting a portion of his convoy through. The remaining portion being broken up by shell fire, he returned and collected it, and led it forward successfully to the position. Later in the day, on making a third attempt with a fresh convoy, he again succeeded in completing his task. He showed great determination and resource.
Date of death7 January 1918
Age at death25
Rank at deathSecond Lieutenant
Cause of deathKilled in action
Burial placeDuhallows A.D.S. Cemetery
Commemoration(s)Guy's Hospital Memorial
SourcesGuy's Hospital Medical School Records, King's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; University of London OTC 1914-1919

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