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Blampied, C W

Ballyhooly (Christ Church)

Ballyhooly (Christ Church) Church of Ireland Churchyard

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Saturday 24 July 1915

Sad Fatality in Ireland - Member of the Jersey Company Royal Irish Rifles Drowned. On Wednesday last Mr & Mrs C Blampied of 8 Almorah Crescent received a letter which also enclosed a photo from their son Rifleman Charles W Blampied who is a member of the Jersey Company Royal Irish Rifles. This stated that “he hoped to see them all soon” and the family were all eagerly looking forward to the time when he would be visiting them, but their happiness was last evening turned to grief when they received through Mr W Le Feuvre the following wire from Major Stocker who is in command of the Jersey Company at Ballyhooley “regret inform you unfortunate accident Rifleman Charles Blampied drowned whilst bathing in river today”. This morning the parents, who were naturally prostrated with grief, wired for further particulars but a later message only confirmed their worst fears that the victim was their son Rifleman Charles Blampied. The unfortunate soldier, who was only 19, was a member of the Town Battalion and thought not of a very robust constitution he loyally volunteered when the appeal was made. To his regret he was unable to leave with the first contingent, he being ill for some weeks at the Military Hospital, he however left Jersey to join the Rifles on 10 April last. The young Rifleman was employed for some years at Mr W Shaw’s of Bath Street. He was a member of the Primitive Methodist Church and was held in the highest regard and esteem by all he came in contact with. He was a moderate swimmer and the family at present are unable to understand under what circumstances he met his death but fuller particulars are expected to arrive by post. The sympathy of our readers will, we feel sure, be extended to Mr & Mrs Blampied and their family in the loss they have sustained of a dutiful son and loyal soldier.

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Wednesday 28 July 1915

The Late Rifleman Blampied. The parents of the late Rifleman C W Blampied of the Jersey Company Royal Irish Rifles who was drowned in Ireland on Friday last have today received from Company Sergeant Major J Le Breton a letter expressing the sympathy of the whole of the Company in the loss the family have sustained. Company Sergeant Major Le Breton states that the deceased was a most promising soldier and very popular and his sudden decease has cast a gloom over the camp. The funeral of the late Rifleman Blampied took place on Monday last but no particulars of the accident by which the young soldier met his death have been received in the Island.


Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record



Commemorated on Aquila Road Methodist Church Memorial, Jersey
and on Grangegorman Memorial, Dublin (below)

Charles William Blampied
(Picture from John O'Grady)

Rifleman Charles William Blampied
7th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Charles William Blampied
(Photograph courtesy of Martin Fitzgerald)

Charles William Blampied


Second son of Charles & Madge Blampied of 8 Almorah Crescent, St Helier, Jersey. One of two brothers who both fell.

Accidentally drowned whilst bathing, aged 19 years.

Notice of Death appears in Jersey Evening Post of Saturday 24 July 1915

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Saturday 31 July 1915

The Late Rifleman C W Blampied. The parents of the late Rifleman C W Blampied who was accidentally drowned in Ireland on Friday 23 last have received the following sympathetic letter from Major W A Stocker, Officer Commanding the Jersey Company Royal Irish Rifles.

“Ballyhooley Camp. 26 July 1915. My dear Mrs Blampied, I am at a loss to find words to convey my sincere regret at the loss of your son Charles William. It was a shock to us all the very suddenness of his end. He had been out with us all day and had come in very tired and over heated, had a late supper and gone off at once to bathe. Some of his comrades said they would go with him later on but he went alone. I was there when his body was brought out of the water. It was guarded until they buried him today. We all miss him, he was very poplar with all of us and we are all very sad about it. An inquest was held this morning and “accidentally drowned” was the verdict. His death caused the whole camp distress, it brought home to us all that in the midst of life we are in death. Comfort you I cannot – it must be a great grief to both you and his father, and we all condole with you in your affliction. Myself and the officers and the whole of the Jersey Company send our deepest sympathy and hope that time may soon abate your grief.

Believe me, Yours sincerely, W A STOCKER”