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John BLAKE

Regimental number2001
Place of birthWentworth New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStore assistant
AddressRavensthorpe
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinWife, Mrs Bessie Louisa Margaret Blake, 32 Trafalgar Road, East Perth, Western Australia
Enlistment date8 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Light Horse Regiment, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/15/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 16 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Division Artillery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 28 November 1916

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 3 December 1916

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 14 May 1917

Military Medal


Presented by General Birdwood 14 November 1917.
Recommendation date: 4 March 1917

FateReturned to Australia 16 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'Conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on the morning of 3rd May 1917 during the attack on BULLECOURT. He showed an absolute disregard of danger, working continuously for some hours under heavy shell and machine gun fire, in digging out men buried by force of explosions of Trench Mortar Ammunition, and in trending the wounded. He did not leave the position till all the wounded had been taken away. This Non Commissioned Officer has on previous occasions been brought to notice for his courageous work.' Second description reads: 'Specially meritorious work in the vicinity of MOUQUET FARM on the 29th August, 1916, in action under heavy enemy shell fire. On the 4th November, 1916, during operations in YPRES Sector, this Non Commissioned Officer fired 71 rounds from one Mortar in 60 minutes in a bombardment of the enemy's trenches, and on 10th November 1916 fired 125 rounds from one mortar in 59 minutes, in a second bombardment of enemy trenches - on both occasions under heavy enemy shell fire. This Non Commissioned Officer has exhibited splendid devotion to duty during the period 1st July 1916 to 25th February, 1917.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 174
Date: 11 October 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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