William Harvey BLAKE

BLAKE, William Harvey

Service Number: 812
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 1st Divisional Train
Born: Sydney, NSW, 1891
Home Town: Brompton, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Waikerie, SA, 19 February 1970, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Waikerie General Cemetery
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World War 1 Service

20 Oct 1914: Embarked Sergeant, SN 812, 1st Divisional Train, HMAT Medic, Adelaide
20 Oct 1914: Involvement Sergeant, SN 812, 1st Divisional Train

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Military Medal

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion in charge of a platoon of his battalion in an attack on enemy posts. Although wounded in an earlier skirmish he continued to lead his platoon, rushed the objective, capturing and consolidating it under heavy machine gun fire. Later, with 3 men, he rushed and enemy machinegun post, killing the garrison and bringing back portions of the gun. Although badly wounded he remained on duty until his post had been consolidated’.

He was admitted to hospital in Wimereux, France on 20 September 1918 with severe gunshot wounds to his right leg and sent to England. He was returned to Australia on board Lancaster on 7 February 1919