Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Private Frank Blake - 412656

According to his attestation papers dated March 4, 1915 at Lindsay, Ontario, Frank Blake was born on December 6, 1894 in Hamilton.  He listed his mother Lillian Blake, Humber Bay as his next of kin.  He was a labourer and indicated that he had no previous military experience.  He was 21 years and 3 months of age and stood 5 feet 7 inches tall.  He had brown eyes, black hair and a dark complexion.  He had a scar on his left elbow.  He was a member of the Church of England.
Frank Blake was a member of "C" company, 14th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment) when he was killed on June 12, 1916 "by an enemy shell during the counter-attack at Mount Sorrel".  His remains were never found and he is listed on the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium.

He was the son of Mrs. Lillian Blake of 175 Argyle St., Toronto. 

According to the 1911 census, Frank was actually born in 1893 and so was one year older than on his attestation papers.  He was working as a labourer in a brickyard.  The family lived on Amelia Street, Humber Bay.   

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