Other names: Charles John
Locations in this story: Manswood, Moor Critchel, Nr. Wimborne, DorsetFrance & FlandersMenin Gate Memorial, YpresCliff Cottage, Alcester, ShaftesburySt. James' Church, ShaftesburySt. Peter's Church, ShaftesburyHoly Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Story: Charles John Blake was born in 1898 in Manswood, Moor Critchel, Nr.Wimborne, Dorset. He was the son of Charles Blake, a gardener, and Edith Amy Blake (née 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.