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Alfred Edward BLAKE

Regimental number4996
Place of birthBox Hill, Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationBoot operator
AddressTerang, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinWife, Mrs R E O Court, High Street, Terang, Victoria
Enlistment date4 September 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 April 1917
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work at Vauvillers on 9 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 11 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 25 September 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the attack on VAUVILLES on 9th August 1918 this soldier displayed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. His Platoon Sergeant had his leg shattered by shell fire and was lying out in the open bleeding badly. Private BLAKE immediately volunteered to go out to his Sergeant's assistance. In spite of heavy Machine Gun fire he succeeded in reaching the N.C.O. dressing his wounds and stopping the bleeding, thus undoubtedly saving the Sergeant's life. He then carried him to a place of safety, but owing to concentrated Machine Gun fire at practically point blank range he was unable to regain our trench and remained with the Sergeant until the stretcher bearers were able to move him some time later. Private BLAKE proved himself absolutely fearless in the face of the most galling fire and gave a splendid example of soldierly behaviour and self sacrifice.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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