Fonds RC0542 - Gerald Blake fonds

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Gerald Blake fonds

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  • 1914-1917 (Creation)

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7 cm of textual records

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Lance Corporal Gerald John Blake (300028) served with the London Rifle Brigade, British Expeditionary Force during the First World War. He was born in 1885 or 1886 to John and Saima Blake of London. He arrived in France in October 1914 and was present for the Christmas truce. Blake died on 1 July 1916, at the age of 30, on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. He is buried at the Thiepval Memorial, Pier 9, face D.

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The fonds consists of letters that Gerald Blake wrote to his mother and to his brother, Clive Blake, of London, England, concerning his experiences on the Western front. There are also a few letters from Angus Macmillan to Clive Blake. Macmillan was also at the front.

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The letters are arranged chronologically.

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Researchers may be interested in the Gerald Blake case study from the Peace and War in the 20th Century online exhibit.

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