Harry Blight was born on 10th August 1895 in Modbury, the second youngest of 4 children of John William Blight, Veterinary surgeon (b. 1855) and Emma Jane (nee Wyatt) (b. 1863). Emma was the daughter of Samuel Wyatt, landlord of the Modbury Inn and farmer of 22 acres. Harry lived in Brownston Street (1901) and Church Street (1911) before moving to the Manor House, Modbury.
Trained as a butcher, Harry joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force on 23rd June 1915 in Calgary, Canada earning $17 a month. Listed as 5ft 10ins with dark hair, dark complexion and blue eyes, he became a bombardier in the 31st Battalion Alberta Regiment, Canadian Infantry, and transferred to 31 Battalion in France on 7th January 1916.
On 8th April 1916 he was moved to a casualty clearance station and invalided backed to Folkestone on 23th April with bronchitis. He spent 74 days in the Canadian convalescence hospital, Woodcote Park, Epsom and at Moore Barracks, Shorncliffe during the summer of 1916 suffering from pleurisy and neuralgia before returning to France on 9th July 1916, joining the 9th Reserve Battalion. He was then drafted to the 31 Battalion on 4th October 1916 still earning $17 a month.
On 24th September 1917 he was awarded his good conduct badge.
On 6th November 1917, 31 Battalion was involved in the attack on the village of Passchendaele which was subsequently captured by the 6th Brigade.
Harry died on 6th November 1917 aged 22. He has no known grave, but his memorial is on Panel 24-28-30 Ypres (Menin Gate).
|Born:||10th August 1895|
|Address:||Manor House, Modbury|
|Next of Kin:||Second youngest of four children of John William Blight Veterinary surgeon (b. 1855) and Emma Jane nee Wyatt (b. 1863).|
|Remarks:||5ft 10 in dark complexion, dark hair, blue eyes|
|Unit||31st Bn Alberta Regt, Canadian Infantry|
|Died On:||6th November 1917|
|Memorial:||Ypres (Menin gate) memorial Panel 24-28-30|