Royal Scots Fusiliers, 5th Btn  

Rank & Number
:     Co. Sgt. Major 7347, 240416  

25 May 1895; Barnshean, Kirkmichael,

                      03 September 1963; Mearnskirk Hospital,
                              Newton Mearns  

                     Won the Military Medal

THOMAS 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, Newton Mearns).  

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).   

In 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    


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 May 1919.

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-    

6 November 1915       

Mr. William Miller, Secretary of the Tobacco and Cigarette Fund has received acknowledgements for parcels from the following:  Pte. T. Blakely, Dardanelles; Lance-Corp. R. McLachlan, prisoner of war; Ptes. A. McCallum, A. McLean, D. McCallum, D. Douglas, J. Smith, T. Miller, T. Messenger, France; and D. Thomson, W. Anderson, A. Stalker, wounded.  

18 December 1915     
Fairlie Cigarette And Tobacco Fund: Up to date, the number of parcels sent out is about 95, and the most recent acknowledgements received are from Sergt. Davis and Pte. Dan. McCallum (hospital), Driver J.M. Fraser (France), Pte. J. Ward, Pte. J. Miller, Gr. Wm. Ramsay, Corpl. Blakley and Sergt. Hugh Burden (Dardanelles).

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