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Blake, Charles Anthony Howell Bruce
- Date of birth:
- December 1st, 1911 (Sheffield, United Kingdom)
- Date of death:
- January 4th, 1951 (Korea)
- Buried on:
- United Nations Memorial Cemetery
Plot: 17. Row: 1. Grave: 7: 690.
- British (1801-present, Kingdom)
Major Charles Blake was killed in Korea. Blake served in Palestine, Egypt and Hong Kong during the Interbellum and was eventually posted to the Armagh depot.
27 August 1931: Second Lieutenant
27 August 1934: First Lieutenant
27 August 1939: Captain
18 July 1941: Local Major
23 March 1942: acting Major
23 June 1942: Temporary Major
11 March 1943: Acting Lt. Colonel
1 July 1946: Major
1951: Acting Lt. Colonel
1931-1942: Royal Ulster Rifles
1943-1945: Commanding officer, 1st Air Landing Brigade
1945-1950: The Royal Ulster Rifles
1950-1951: Second-in-command (later commanding offcer), 1st Battalion, The Royal Ulster Rifles
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- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Brigade Major
- 1st Air Landing Brigade, 1st Airborne Division, Army Air Corps
- Awarded on:
- November 14th, 1947
- Awarded for:
- Operation Market Garden
"Major Blake is Brigade Major of 1 Air Landing Brigade. On the 19th September in the Arnhem area four officers of Brigade Headquarters were killed by an enemy mortar shell. Major Blake was temporarily blinded by the same shell. He refused to go for treatment and remained on duty at the telephone in a slit trench. Major Blake's sight did not fully return until after evacuation, but until then he was constantly on duty throughout a period of intense mortar and artillery fire. Owing to luck in the allotment of wireless frequencies, Major Blake found he was able to direct the fire of 64 Medium Regiment who were supporting the Division from 30 Corps area. This direction of fire was carried out quietly and efficiently and contributed largely to the success of the Regiment in breaking up enemy concentrations and attacks. Thoroughly shaken and unable to see, Major Blake displayed the greatest personal courage and determination throughout the operation in carrying out his duties cheerfully and most efficiently."