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William Harvey BLAKE

Regimental number812
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressEast Street, Brompton, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23.8
Height5' 6.25"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Marie E Blake, East Street, Brompton, South Australia
Previous military service31st AASC
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name(1st) Divisional Train, 4th Company, Army Service Corps
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/14/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion


Unit: 10th Battalion
Promotion date: 22 January 1918

FateReturned to Australia 7 February 1919

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

Discharge date18 August 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Lancashire', 7 February 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 19 March 1919; appointment terminated (discharged), 18 August 1919.

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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