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James Ernest Blessington

BLESSINGTON, JAMES ERNEST
Service Australian Army
Service Number QX8285
Date of Birth 30 Aug 1918
Place of Birth HUGHENDEN, QLD
Date of Enlistment 10 Jun 1940
Locality on Enlistment BUTHURRA
Place of Enlistment ROCKHAMPTON, QLD
Next of Kin BLESSINGTON, SANDY
Date of Discharge 13 Sep 1942
Rank Private
Posting at Discharge Q L OF C AREA
WW2 Honours and Gallantry None for display
Prisoner of War No

Who is Sandy? Not his mother's name.

Can't find a marriage notice in Trove.
 
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Jen, are you sure he married ??

He appears to be in electoral rolls in Qld. but no Sandy/Sandra also in the rolls.

Is NOK in service record an error for his father's name - Sanders/Saunders?

No birth in 1918 in Qld. index.
 
Some records show his father's name as Sander's and some Saunder's.

I have found on free bdm a death for a Robert James Blessington born 1944 to parents James Ernest Blessington and Mary Ellen Frood and he died 14/3/1989
 
I can't find that death.

I can't find any births in England with mmn= Frood or similar.
 
James Ernest Blessington 1949 Queensland Griffith
Mary Ellen Blessington 1949 Queensland Griffith

James Ernest Blessington 1963 Queensland Maranoa
Mary Ellen Blessington 1963 Queensland Maranoa

and other years.
 
Death 1968 B94932 Mary Ellen Blessington - Andrew Frood - Margaret Lowther
 
I can't find the marriage of Andrew to Margaret.

I can't find a birth for Mary Ellen to see if they married near where she was born. ??

Location: Hampden State School, Kuttabul.
BLESSINGTON, J.C. (PRESUMED K.) BLESSINGTON, James Ernest, Private, QX8285, Q L OF C AREA, enlisted 10 June 1940, discharged 13 September 1942.Died 26 August 1982. Ashes interred at Albany Creek Memorial Park, Brisbane, Queensland.
 
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I can't find what 'Q L OF C AREA' is.

Did James serve outside Qld. or outside Australia?
 
Have just found a Mary Ellen Frood married Albert William McLeod Sept 1936.
Mary Ellen McLeod married James Ernest Blessington July 1944.
So I am assuming her 1st husband died or they divorced before marrying James
 
FROOD
ANDREW
LOWTHER
MARGARET
1913
628/ 69
Cambusnethan


FROOD
MARY ELLEN
F
1915
628/ 35
Cambusnethan
 
BLESSINGTON, JAMES ERNEST
Service Australian Army
Service Number QX8285
Date of Birth 30 Aug 1918
Place of Birth HUGHENDEN, QLD
Date of Enlistment 10 Jun 1940
Locality on Enlistment BUTHURRA
Place of Enlistment ROCKHAMPTON, QLD
Next of Kin BLESSINGTON, SANDY
Date of Discharge 13 Sep 1942
Rank Private
Posting at Discharge Q L OF C AREA
WW2 Honours and Gallantry None for display
Prisoner of War No

Who is Sandy? Not his mother's name.

Can't find a marriage notice in Trove.
Sandy is his father. (Short for Sanders/Saunders)
 
Have just found a Mary Ellen Frood married Albert William McLeod Sept 1936.
Mary Ellen McLeod married James Ernest Blessington July 1944.
So I am assuming her 1st husband died or they divorced before marrying James

They divorced.
Its a long article so just posting the first part.

Truth (Brisbane, Qld. : 1900 - 1954)
Sun 27 Feb 1944
HUBBY WENT TO
WRONG HOUSE
When Mary Ellen Frood, then 20 years of age, and Albert William McLeod, who was only 18, ran away and got married in 1936 there began an unfortunate union. Now, however, they are both back where they started, as a result of Mary Ellen's being granted divorce by Mr. Justice Macrossan the other day. etc

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/203757783

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They divorced.
Its a long article so just posting the first part.

Truth (Brisbane, Qld. : 1900 - 1954)
Sun 27 Feb 1944
HUBBY WENT TO
WRONG HOUSE
When Mary Ellen Frood, then 20 years of age, and Albert William McLeod, who was only 18, ran away and got married in 1936 there began an unfortunate union. Now, however, they are both back where they started, as a result of Mary Ellen's being granted divorce by Mr. Justice Macrossan the other day. etc

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/203757783

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Gibbo,

Thank you, that has solved this problem
 
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