Born 21st October 1893, Manor House, Wilnscote, Warwick. Son of Rev. James Edward Huxley Blake and Beatrice Harriet Blake (formerly Milward), of 4, College Yard, Worcester and The Lees, Malvern. Sister: Beatrice Elizabeth Blake, Bretforton Vicarage, Honeybourne, Worcestershire
Modern III—I. House Prefect. Head of House.
Address: The Lees, Malvern
8th Bn. attd. 14th Bn. Worcestershire Regiment , Twice Mentioned in Despatches.
'James Blake was a boy of more than ordinary capacity. He soon made his way to the top of the Modern Side, and became Head of his House. The profession he chose, that of an architect, was one eminently adapted to bring out his considerable artistic gifts. He was doing good work when the call to arms came in 1914. He joined the 8th Worcesters, soon obtained a commission, and took part in some of the hardest fighting on the Western Front. Two mentions in despatches and the testimony of his superior officers, prove that he possessed not merely ability and determination, but also powers of leadership of a high order.' (Malvernian, Apr 1919).
6 Jan 1915. Corporal James Robert Blake to be Second Lieutenant.
13.9.1916 Medical Board: 'He has been in France for 17 months. He contracted measles on 13/8/16 and this was followed by laryngitis and pneumonia. He was admitted to hospital on 7/9/16.'
Missing at Courcelette.
Service Record: WO 374/7021