Born: 25 May 1895; Barnshean,
September 1963; Mearnskirk Hospital, Newton
Other: Won the Military Medal
BLAKELY was born 25 May 1895 in Barnshean, Kirkmichael,
Ayrshire, to parents Thomas, a ploughman, and Mary Blane (who married in Straiton on 25 Nov 1875). He died of stomach cancer on 03 Sep 1963 in
Mearnskirk Hospital, Newton Mearns (aged 68,
bowling green keeper, married to Catherine Wood Hay, residence 4 Moorhill Road,
On 12 Dec
1924 at Wilton Parish Church, Glasgow, Thomas Blakley (aged 27, golf course greenkeeper, residence Railway
Cottages, Turnberry) married Catherine Wood Hay.
In the 1901 Census. Thomas Blackley, aged 5, is living
Barnshean with parents Thomas (45, b. Girvan,
ploughman) and Mary (41, b. Patna) and siblings Mary (13), Annie (12),
Matilda (8), H.A. Fairlie (2), and Maggie (10m).
the 1911 Census, Thomas Blackley, aged 15, is a farm
worker at High Pinmore Farm, Maybole.
His brother William Blackly (28,
gardener/domestic) is living at Cottage in Garden,
Fencefoot Farm, Fairlie with wife Janet (25,
married 7 yrs, 4 ch, 2 living) and children Thomas (7, b. Tarbolton) & James (5, b. Ochiltree). Note: Fairlie Primary School register 1910/11 gives
William’s address as Fence Bay
SERVICE DETAILS Named in the Largs & Millport Weekly News Roll of Honour printed
21 Nov 1914 and the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald Roll of Honour printed
December 1914 (Blakely, Pte.
Tom, Fence Bay, Fairlie, RSF). His medal index card shows the first theatre
of war entered was the Balkans on 6 Jun 1915, and he was demobilized on 12 Apr
1919. He received the 1914-15 Star, the
British War and the Victory Medals, and was awarded the Military Medal on 13