Nesbitt Black

Nesbitt Black died 23 July 1916

When Nesbitt was born in October 1894 in Alstonville, New South Wales, his father, William, was 26 and his mother, Sarah, was 24. He had six brothers and three sisters. He died on 23 July 1916, in Pozières, Picardie, France, at the age of 21. His full name was Nesbitt William Thomas Black.

Nesbitt Black of Dunoon, New South Wales, worked as a bank clerk at the Murwillumbah and Dulwich Hill branches of the ES&A  bank. He also had two years’ service in the 12th Infantry Regiment (CMF) before enlisting in the Australian Imperial Force on 15 August 1915. Nesbitt left Australia for Egypt with the 6th Reinforcements in October 1915 and transferred to the 9th Battalion before arriving in France for service on the Western Front in March 1916. He was killed during the 9th Battalion’s attack on Pozieres on 23 July 1916. Aged 21 at the time of his death, Nesbitt has no known grave.

Studio portrait of 2594A Private (Pte) Nesbitt Black, 25th Battalion, of Dunoon, NSW.

Studio portrait of 2594A Private (Pte) Nesbitt William Thomas Black, of Dunoon, New South Wales

A studio portrait of Nesbitt William Thomas Black (see above) was taken in 1915, before he left Brisbane on 21 October 1915 to fight in the Great War.

Links to further information:

  1. AIF Project
  2. AWM Roll of Honour
  3. Personal Service Records
  4. First World War Embarkation Roll
  5. First World War Nominal Roll
  6. AWM Photograph
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