PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Blake, Charles Anthony Howell Bruce (Service number: 52575)
Date of birth: December 1st, 1911 (Sheffield, United Kingdom)
Date of death:  January 4th, 1951 (Korea)
Buried on:  United Nations Memorial Cemetery
Plot: 17.  Row: 1.  Grave: 7: 690.
Nationality:  British
BIOGRAPHY: 
Major Charles Blake was killed in Korea. Blake served in Palestine, Egypt and Hong Kong during the Interbellum and was eventually posted to the Armagh depot.

Promotions:
27 August 1931: Second Lieutenant
27 August 1934: First Lieutenant
27 August 1939: Captain
18 July 1941: Local Major
23 March 1942: acting Major
23 June 1942: Temporary Major
11 March 1943: Acting Lt. Colonel
1 July 1946: Major
1951: Acting Lt. Colonel

Career:
1931-1942: Royal Ulster Rifles
1943-1945: Commanding officer, 1st Air Landing Brigade
1945-1950: The Royal Ulster Rifles
1950-1951: Second-in-command (later commanding offcer), 1st Battalion, The Royal Ulster Rifles
     
KRZYZ WALECZNYCH
Rank: Major
Unit: The Royal Ulster Rifles (attached), 1st Polish Independent Parachute Brigade Group
Awarded on: August 13th, 1943
Action: In recognition of services in the cause of the Allies
 
     
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS (DSC)
Rank: Brigade Major
Unit: 1st Air Landing Brigade, 1st Airborne Division, Army Air Corps
Awarded on: November 14th, 1947
Awarded for: Operation Market Garden
Action: "Major Blake is Brigade Major of 1 Air Landing Brigade. On the 19th September in the Arnhem area four officers of Brigade Headquarters were killed by an enemy mortar shell. Major Blake was temporarily blinded by the same shell. He refused to go for treatment and remained on duty at the telephone in a slit trench. Major Blake's sight did not fully return until after evacuation, but until then he was constantly on duty throughout a period of intense mortar and artillery fire. Owing to luck in the allotment of wireless frequencies, Major Blake found he was able to direct the fire of 64 Medium Regiment who were supporting the Division from 30 Corps area. This direction of fire was carried out quietly and efficiently and contributed largely to the success of the Regiment in breaking up enemy concentrations and attacks. Thoroughly shaken and unable to see, Major Blake displayed the greatest personal courage and determination throughout the operation in carrying out his duties cheerfully and most efficiently."
 
     
CESKOSLOVENSKÝ VÁLECNÝ KR͎ 1939
Rank: Major
Awarded on: May 14th, 1948
 
 
 
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