|Place of birth||Box Hill, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||29|
|Next of kin||Wife, Mrs R E O Court, High Street, Terang, Victoria|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||29th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/46/4|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||32nd Battalion|
|Recommendations (Medals and Awards)||
Work at Vauvillers on 9 August 1918.
|Fate||Returned to Australia
'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
War service: Western FrontMedals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal