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  • Family headstone marking the grave of Walter Edward Blake at Retford Cemetery.
Photo taken by Rachel Farrand
Person Details
Retford, Nottinghamshire
Walter was born in 1892 and was the second son of Edward a tailor and Louisa Amy Blake (nee Cheetham) , of 35, Trent St., Retford, he had 4 siblings . In the 1911 census the family are living at 35 Trent Street, Walter is 18 years of age and an apprentice tailor following in his fathers footsteps.
29 Jan 1915
22
2749928 - CWGC Website
72615
Driver
Royal Field Artillery
Driver Walter Edward Blake Retford Times 5 Feb 1915 The death occurred at the Armstrong College Hospital, Newcastle on Friday last of Driver Walter Edward Blake, RFA, son of Mr Edward Blake, Trent Street, Retford, at the early age of 22. Deceased was only ill about six days and death was due to pneumonia. He enlisted in the army three weeks ago with a friend named Harold Harvey, also from Retford and soon gained esteem and respect of his comrades at Newcastle. He was formerly employed along with his father by the late Mr C J Merryweather, Bridegate, as a tailor. The coffin was conveyed from hospital to the railway station at Newcastle on a gun carriage and was accompanied by a firing party and en route the Military Band played the “Dead March”. The funeral took part at the Retford cemetery on Tuesday, the first part of the service being conducted in St Swithun’s Church. A list of mourners follow on the original report.
Research by Colin Dannatt
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  • Family headstone marking the grave of Walter Edward Blake at Retford Cemetery.
Photo taken by Rachel Farrand
    Walter Edward Blake - Family headstone marking the grave of Walter Edward Blake at Retford Cemetery. Photo taken by Rachel Farrand
  • Close up showing the inscription on the family grave of Walter Edward Blake in Retford Cemetery.Photo taken by Rachel Farrand
    Walter Edward Blake - Close up showing the inscription on the family grave of Walter Edward Blake in Retford Cemetery.Photo taken by Rachel Farrand