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David Valentine Jardine BLAKE

ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationPermanent officer
AddressVictoria Barracks, Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinWife, Mrs M M Blake, c/o Victoria Barracks, Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceA and I Staff
Enlistment date5 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit nameAustralian Flying Corps, No 1 Squadron, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number8/4/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 16 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Flying Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Service Medal (United States of America)


Recommendation date: 25 November 1918

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 30704, 25 May 1918; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165, 24 October 1918.

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 30706 (28 May 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165 (24 October 1918).

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31089, 31 December 1918; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61, 23 May 1919.

FateReturned to Australia 10 May 1919
Medals

The American Distinguished Service Medal


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 119
Date: 17 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 16 March 1916; disembarked Suez, 13 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria for instruction in aviation, Britain, 28 May 1916.

Appointed flying officer, Britain, 15 September 1916.

Promoted major to command, Britain, 16 December 1916; transferred to No. 3 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, Britain, 16 December 1916.

On command, Wireless and Observers School, Brooklands, 3 July 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 21 July 1917; attached for duty to No. 6 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, 22 July 1917; transferred to No. 42 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, 3 August 1917; proceeded to Britain, 12 August 1917; rejoined No. 3 Squadron, Britain, 13 August 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 21 August 1917.

On leave to Britain, 19 December 1917; rejoined No. 3 Squadron, France, 4 January 1918.

Proceeded to England, 26 January 1918; on command at Senior Officers' Artillery Course, Lydd, 26 January 1918; rejoined No. 3 Squadron, France, 11 February 1918.

On leave to Britain, 18 June 1918; rejoined No. 3 Squadron, France, 3 July 1918.

Admitted to 55th Casualty Clearing Station (influenza), France, 3 July 1918; rejoined No. 3 Squadron, France, 10 July 1918.

On command at 15th Wing, Royal Air Force, France, 27 August 1918; rejoined No. 3 Squadron, France, 30 August 1918.

Proceeded to England to join Home Establishment, 29 October 1918; marched in to No. 7 Training Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, Leighterton, 29 October 1918.

Marched out to School of Special Instruction, Gosport, 23 November 1918.

Attached for duty to Repatriation and Demobilisation Department, London, 16 December 1918.

Appointed brevet major, Britain, 11 January 1919.

Appointed Commanding Officer, Australian Flying Corps Training Depot, Wendover, 7 March 1919.

Embarked Tilbury, 10 May 1919; disembarked Sydney, 1 July 1919.

Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force, 16 August 1919.

Medals: American Distinguished Service Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B4717, BLAKE David Valentine Jardine

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