Abraham BLASHKEY
Rank: Private
Number: 139182
Unit: ROYAL ARMY MEDICAL CORPS
Date of Death: 15 March 1918
Age: 31
Cemetery: Blackley Jewish Cemetery, Manchester

Born in Leeds in 1887, Abraham had moved to the Stockport area by 1911. In that year, he married Celia Jackson at the Synagogue on Chestergate. They are thought to have lived at 51 Bowden Street and had two children – Sophie, born in 1912 and Philip in 1914.

As far as can be established, he never served abroad on active service. When he first joined the army, it was as a member of the Labour Corps (service number 266450). The Corps was not formed until the beginning of 1917 and Abraham will have joined as a conscript, no doubt after a decision had been taken by the army medical officers that he was unfit for the rigours of service in the trenches with the infantry. In the UK, the Corps undertook many manual jobs, including farming, replacing men who had been sent to the front. At some point he was transferred to the Medical Corps, probably working as a medical orderly in a military hospital. He died of natural causes.

   
           
   
     
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