1st July 1916 award

14-986 Pte richard BLACKBURN M.M. 14th York and Lancaster Regiment – 2nd Barnsley Pals

Military Medal and victory Medal

Military Medal and victory Medal

Richard BLACKBURN was born at Worsbro Bridge, Barnsley c.1896. The census trail shows us that in 1901 aged 5 years he was resident with his family at 45 William Street, Worsbro Bridge. In 1911 he was still resident at the same address with his parents James and Nancy plus 7 sisters and 2 brothers.

At the time of his enlistment aged 19 years on 31st March 1915 he was employed as a pit pony driver below ground at Barrow Colliery.

Here is the citation for the award of the Military Medal

” In the attack on Serre on 1st July 1916 conveyed a message to another battalion under very heavy artillery and machine gun fire, generally displayed great coolness in carrying out his duties as battalion runner under most difficult and dangerous circumstances “


The award appeared in the London Gazette on 16th November 1916.

Barnsley Chronicle entry

Barnsley Chronicle October 1916

In 1918 he was wounded whilst serving in France but the extent of his wound is not mentioned.