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  • The photograph of John Horace Blake was published on 23rd September 1915 in the Hucknall Dispatch and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
Person Details
Prestwich, Lancashire
John Horace Blake was born in 1891 at Prestwich and was the son of William a labourer and Betsy Blake néé Bramley of 53 Beardall Street, Hucknall. His father Wiiliam was born in 1864 at Maulden, Berkshire and his mother Betsy Bramley was born in 1866 at Hucknall, they were married in 1889 their marriage was recorded in the Prestwich registration district, they went on to have the following children, William Albert b1889 Prestwich John Horace b1891 Prestwich, Eva b1896 Maulden, Ivan b1907 Maulden and Bertie b1910 Maulden. In the 1911 census the family are living at 22 Brickyard Road, Butlers Hill, Hucknall and are shown as William 47 yrs a labourer, he is living with his wife Betsy 44 yrs and their children, Eva 15 yrs a cigar maker, Ivan 4 yrs and Bertie 1 year of age.
19 Sep 1915
538591 - CWGC Website
10991
Hucknall Nottingham
Lance Sergeant
1st Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
10991 Lance Sergeant John Horace Blake enlisted at Derby whilst residing at Hucknall and served with the 1st battalion Sherwood Foresters (Nott's and Derby Regiment) He went with the battalion to France on 4/11/1914 and was either a regular or reservist (man with number 10992 enlisted 21/10/08, 1st battalion) The battalion entered the front line trenches on 15th September, Boise Grenier Sector, No 3 Section. They were relieved on 19th and back in billets by 8.30 pm that day. John would have received his wounds between these dates. Taken back to the casualty clearing station at Merville were he died. He is buried at Merville Communal Cemetery France, grave IV. C. 8. During September the battalion had 84 other ranks killed and 73 wounded or missing.
Article published 23rd September 1915 in the Hucknall Dispatch :- “News has also come to hand that Sgt. J. H. Blake, the son of Mr. Blake, the caretaker of St. John's Church, Hucknall, has made the great sacrifice. A sister in the hospital sends the news that he was mortally wounded last Saturday, and died the following morning. The decreased was in the 1st Sherwood Foresters, and had eight years' service to his credit, five of them being spent in India. He was one of the earliest at the war, and with the exception of a period of leave with frost-bitten feet, he has been in the thick of hostilities all the time.” Above article is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918. His original grave marker is housed in St. John's Church.p
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  • The photograph of John Horace Blake was published on 23rd September 1915 in the Hucknall Dispatch and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
    John Horace Blake - The photograph of John Horace Blake was published on 23rd September 1915 in the Hucknall Dispatch and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
  • Photograph showing the battlefield cross of John Horace Blake at St Johns Church at Hucknall, courtesy of Peter Gillings
    John Horace Blake - Photograph showing the battlefield cross of John Horace Blake at St Johns Church at Hucknall, courtesy of Peter Gillings