Alfred Charles Bluck[1]

Male 1876 - 1915  (38 years)


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  • Name Alfred Charles Bluck 
    Nickname Charles 
    Born 20 Dec 1876  Pukekohe, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    _UID 626E1F3BB31B4758AA69B29A7271F51DEB2D 
    Died 18 May 1915  Gallipoli, Canakkale, Turkey Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Address:
    Walkers Ridge 
    Person ID I1940  Treefive
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2015 

    Father Alfred Bluck,   b. 26 Dec 1843, Leominster, Herefordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1919  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Matilda Ann Carson,   b. 1849, Ballylumin, County Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1914, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Family ID F1894  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ethel Mary Harper,   b. 5 Sep 1873, Te Rore, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1968, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Married Abt 1901  [2
    Children 
     1. George Alfred Bluck,   b. 6 Aug 1902, Cambridge, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jul 1975, Rotorua, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     2. Timothy Russel Bluck,   b. 6 Aug 1902, Cambridge, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jan 1974, Cambridge, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F590  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 


    • This biography is, apart from the paragraph relating a family story, a report prepared by Alan Hall of Pirongia, and provided to Rex Sinnott by Jan Kilham on 22 June 2015.

      Alfred Charles Bluck             1878-1915

      Captain Alfred Charles Bluck (Service No. 13/281), the son of Alfred and Matilda Bluck, was born at Pukekohe on 20 December 1878, but lived a part of his childhood in Te Awamutu where his father was the stationmaster between 1881 and 1883. Later his family returned to Buckland, near Pukekohe, but in January 1901, when he married Ethel Harper of Pirongia, Charles, or Charlie as he was known in the family, was farming near Pirongia where he continued to live until at least 1911. By 1914, however, the Bluck family had moved to a property closer to Te Awamutu.

      For a number of years, Charles Bluck was a territorial volunteer in the 4th Waikato Mounted Rifles. He was commissioned in 1906 and promoted to Captain in 1912. On 17 August 1914,he was appointed Captain of the 4th Waikato Squadron of the Auckland Mounted Rifles in the NZ Mounted Rifles Brigade.

      After initial training in Auckland from mid-August, the Auckland Mounted Rifles embarked for overseas,with their horses, on 10 October 1914, travelling on HMNZT Star of India and HMNZT Waimana,to Wellington, where they joined a large New Zealand convoy transporting the main body of the NZEF that left Wellington for Egypt on 16 October. At Albany, Western Australia, the New Zealand ships joined an Australian flotilla and sailed together via the Suez Canal to Alexandria, Egypt, where they disembarked on 3 December.   

      Intensive training and conditioning followed at Zeitoun near Cairo until the commencement of the Dardanelles campaign in late April.

      The Mounted Rifles were held in reserve during the initial Gallipoli landings, but on 12 May they were landed as conventional infantry at Anzac Cove to relieve the British Naval Brigade on Walker’s Gully and Russell’s Top. It was there, late in the morning of 18 May 1915, that Captain Charles Bluck and Sergeant-Major Joseph Marr were both killed in action by sniper fire as they reconnoitred Walker’s Ridge. The two men were buried side-by-side. Captain Bluck was 36 years old.

      There is a family story, so far unverified, about Charles' death. A daughter of Charles' sister Annie married Sid Wallingford, who was an officer in the NZ Air Force and flew Catalina flying boats and various other planes in WW2. Sid's father was a major in the NZ army in WW1 and also served at Gallipoli. Major Wallingford was apparently an excellent shot with a rifle. At Gallipoli, after Charlie Bluck was shot in the head and killed by a Turkish sniper, Major Wallingford in return located, shot and killed the sniper.

      Lt. Col. C.E. Mackesy, Commander of the Auckland Squadron, later wrote to Ethel Bluck: “I had the highest opinion of his sturdy, honest character and admired Captain Bluck very much. He was a most conscientious, painstaking, keen officer. His loss to me was very great indeed. I had left him only 15 minutes before he was struck down. We buried him not far from where he fell, on the slopes of the hill overlooking the deep blue sea, with the island of Imbros for a background.”

      Captain Alfred Charles Bluck is commemorated at the Walkers Ridge Cemetery, Anzac, Turkey.

      His medals, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal, together with a scroll and memorial plaque, were forwarded to Ethel Bluck who raised their twin sons in Te Awamutu.

      On 12 November 1916, a memorial service was held at St John’s Church, Te Awamutu, at which an altar cross was unveiled by Bishop Cowie in memory of Alfred Charles Bluck. The service followed a parade from the town hall and the packed congregation included soldiers who had been evacuated from Gallipoli.

      13/281 Captain Alfred Charles Bluck
      Auckland Mounted Rifles

      Listed  in the Waipa Post List as:                            A.C.  Bluck

  • Sources 
    1. [S3283] HAN043 Letter M. A. Russell to Bernadette Hanify, HAN043.

    2. [S1261] TRE103 Family Tree (gedcom) - Hanify Sinnott connection 4 Aug 2013 [LIVING PERSON], TRE103.

    3. [S1593] BIR Birth Index New Zealand on-line, Alfred Charles Bluck; 503; 1877.

    4. [S3681] DTH467 In Memoriam Bluck, Alfred Charles, DTH467., Alfred Charles Bluck; 13/281, Auckland Mounted Rifles, NZEF, died 18 May 1915 age 38.