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Walter Harry BLAKE

Regimental number199
Place of birthSwindon England
ReligionChurch of England
AddressOlive Street, Prospect, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation32
Next of kinWife, Mrs Alice Blake, Olive Street, Prospect, South Australia
Enlistment date20 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll22 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name10th Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board Transport A11 Ascanius on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at Mont de Merris near Strazeele on night of 29-30 May 1918.'
Recommendation date: 5 June 1918

FateReturned to Australia 21 March 1915

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion in charge of a platoon of his battalion in an attack on enemy posts. Although wounded in both hands early in the action, he continued to lead his platoon, rushed the objective, capturing and consolidating it under heavy machine gun fire. Later, with three men, he rushed an enemy machine gun post, killing the garrison and bringing back portion of the gun. Although badly wounded, he remained on duty until his post had been consolidated. His splendid courage and example throughout were admirable.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death6 September 1952
Place of burialSpringvale Cemetery

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