Lieutenant Blackwood was killed in action in a night raid at Boesinghe near Ypres on 4 July 1917. He had initially joined the 9th Lancers at the outbreak of war, at the age of 44, and served as a galloper at Mons. He was severely wounded in Oct 1914 and returned to the UK where he served in the Intelligence Corps before he was fully fit. He joined the Grenadier Guards in 1916. His body was never found
Lord Ian Basil Gawaine Temple Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood was born on 4 Nov 1870. Although born in Clandeboye, Co Down, Ireland he spent his childhood in Canada where his father was Governor General. At Balliol College, Oxford he became friends with Hillaire Belloc and later illustrated Belloc's books with humorous cartoons (credited as B.T.B.). He studied law and was called to the bar in 1896. In 1900 he went to South Africa with Lord Milner and became one of his assistants known as Milner's Kindergarten. He was Assistant Colonial Secretary of Orange River Colony from 1901 to 1907. He became Colonial Secretary of Barbados in 1907 and returned to the UK in 1910 where he was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Land Development Commission.
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