Captain G. E. Blake
SAC 1901-1902

Captain Gerald Edward Blake was born in Toronto on May 28, 1892, son of the late Edward Blake and grandson of the late Hon. Edward Blake. He attended St. Andrew's College from 1901 to 1902, Bishop Ridley Colleges (where he was Head Boy) and finally University College, University of Toronto from 1910 to 1914 where he earned a BA in English and History. He was a an Edward Blake Scholar, a member of Kappa Alpha, the Historical Club and XIII Club, and earned his Cricket colours. Blake then entered the Law School for 1914 to 1915,and was a member of the COTC.

In July 1915, he received his commission and joined the 1/4th Battalion, Oxford & Buckinghamshires Light Infantry shortly after reaching France in November. He served at first south of Ypres and then on the Somme front, chiefly in the Hebuterne and Gommecourt sectors, and was quickly promoted to Acting Captain in command of a company.  In the July 23rd, 1916 night attack on Pozires, he led his company up to the German parapet. Here he was instantly killed, but not before success was assured. Though the other officers of the company all became casualties, the men carried on and captured the trench. He was found later where he had fallen, with a number of his men lying around him.

He is buried in the Pozieres British Cemetery , Ovillers-La Boisselle, Somme, France (Grave Number: I. A. 25.)

  • Canadian Virtual War Memorial Page for Gerald (here spelt Jerrald) Blake. This page includes a link to his commemoration  on Page 570 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.
With information from the University of Toronto Roll of Service, 1914-1918.