Joseph Arnold Blacket
Date of Birth
28 August, 1894 (Koolunga, South Australia). Died: 10 June, 1918 (France)
Debut: v Sturt (Norwood) 15th May 1915 Finale: v Sturt (Norwood) 15th May 1915

Joseph Blacket was a Norwood football player in 1915. He only played one match before he enlisted in the Australian Army in 1915

Personal LifeEdit

Joseph Arnold Blacket was born at Koolunga in South Australia on 28 August 1894. His parents were Reverend John and Martha Jane Blacket. He studied at Adelaide High School before attending Adelaide University prior to enlisting in the army in May 1915.

Football CareerEdit

Blacket joined the Norwood Football Club in 1914 when he played several games for the B team and also lined up for Adelaide University in the Amateur League. An all round sportsman, he also played cricket for the University. In 1915 he played one league game on 1 May against North Adelaide and was named in the squad for the following game against West Torrens on 8 May but did not make the final team.

World War IEdit

On 17 May 1915 he enlisted in the army at Keswick and embarked on 23 June 1915 for Egypt with the 27th Battalion together his brother, John Wesley Blacket. Both brothers served at Gallipoli until the evacuation, after which the battalion was sent to the western front in France. During this time, Joseph rose from corporal to first lieutenant Apart from time spent in English hospitals and furlough, Joseph Blacket remained on the western front until he was killed in action in France on 10 June 1918. John Blacket was killed in action in July 1916. Two other Blacket brothers, Maurice Newton and Samuel Bertram enlisted in 1916 and both survived the war.

See AlsoEdit

John Blacket - Joseph's Brother who was also killed during the war.

William Plunkett and Horace MacFarlane - Norwood players that fought during the Boer War.