St. James' War Memorial

Charles John Blake

Surname: Blake
Other names: Charles John
Other people in this story:
Charles Blake
Edith Amy Blake nee Sampson
Locations in this story:
Manswood, Wimborne, Dorset
France & Flanders
Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres
Cliff Cottage, Alcester, Shaftesbury
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury

Story:
Charles John Blake was born in 1898 in Manswood, Wimborne, Dorset. He was the son of Charles Blake, a gardener, and Edith Amy Blake (nee Sampson). At the time of the 1911 Census, he was living at Cliff Cottage, Alcester, Shaftesbury. He enlisted as a Private with the 5th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 18972) but later transferred to the 2nd Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment (New Service No. 30810). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 28th July 1917 and his name appears on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres (Panel 21). He is remembered on the Park Walk and St. James’ war memorials. He also appears on the Roll of Honour inside St. James’ Church and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.

Images:
  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • St. James' Roll of Honour
  • Names on St. James' War Memorial 1
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives