William Henry Blake MC

Jul 17, 1890

Born in Pontefract, Yorkshire, England to Edward and Sarah Elizabeth (nee Franklyn) Blake


Jan 28, 1915

Married to Sarah Jane Evelyn Van Alstyne in Kingston, Ontario.

William Blake listed his occupation as Soldier


Feb 23, 1915

Attested into the Royal Canadian Engineers CEF in Tidworth, England

Ø  Number 45244

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Sarah Jane Evelyn Blake, wife, 180 Barrie St., Kingston, Ontario

o   There is a note to also notify Mrs. E. Blake, 261 Scott Ellis Gardens, St. John’s Wood, London, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Electrician and Engineer Clerk

Ø  Previous military experience given as Royal Canadian Engineers Permanent Force for 9 years

Ø  Religion given as Church of England


Apr 22, 1915

Attached to the Canadian Engineering Training Depot in Shorncliffe


May 21, 1915

TOS (Taken On Strength) Canadian Engineering Training Depot in Shorncliffe


Sep 13, 1915

Transferred to the 2nd Division 5th Field Company Canadian Engineers


Sep 1, 1917

Promoted to rank of Warrant Officer 1st Class


Jun 5, 1918

Transferred to the 5th Battalion Canadian Engineers


Jun 27, 1918

Proceeded to France


Jul 22, 1918

Commissioned to the rank of Lieutenant per London Gazette #30851


Jul 23, 1918

Transferred to the 2nd Division Pontoon Bridging Transport Unit


Sep 26, 1918

Granted 14 days leave to England


Dec 2, 1918

Awarded the Military Cross per London Gazette #31043

This was awarded for his actions during the fighting at Canal du Nord, France




Jan 24, 1919

Granted 14 days leave to England


Mar 30, 1919

Attached to the 21st Battalion for the purpose of returning to Canada with the battalion


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre, France


On disembarking in England posted to “P” Wing in Witley pending return to Canada


May 6, 1919

Presented with his Military Cross by King George V at Buckingham Palace in London


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia in Southampton



May 22, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded by train to Kingston, Ontario for discharge

There is no date given in his file for that discharge

Following his discharge, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him c/o Adjutant, Royal Canadian Engineers Headquarters, Ottawa, Ontario


Sep 11, 1920

Departed Canada for England to attend a course of instruction. 


Jun 8, 1922

Embarked the SS Melita in England to return to Canada from his course.  He claimed that his fair was paid for by the Royal Canadian Engineers and he proceeded to Kingston, Ontario on disembarking



Dec 8, 1922

Received a certificate of Equitation from the Royal School of Cavalry, Toronto, Ontario




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