Malvern College First World War Casualty

Captain Norman Pilkington Blake

Photo of Norman Pilkington Blake
House and time at Malvern: No 2, 1905 - 1908.

Regiment: East Yorkshire Regt.
Died: 14 July 1916 aged 26 in France. Killed in action at Longueval.
Battle: Battle of the Somme. Cemetery: Quarry Mem. Montauban III. D 6

Born 13 March 1890. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Eustace Blake, 6 Queen's Gate Place, S.W, and Groton House, Boxford, Suffolk and Hillside Cottage, Steeple Aston, Oxon and Fairlawn, Maskeliya, Ceylon.
Army III—I. House Prefect. House XI Football.
Experience: Ceylon Platers Rifle Corps & Malvern College Cadet Corps.
Became a Tea Planter in Ceylon and came home to join in the early days of the War.
8th Bn. East Yorkshire Regiment.

'In his school-days Norman Blake gave every promise of being useful to his country when he grew up, and when the demand for service came he readily answered the call. He did not proceed to Sandhurst from Malvern, as he had originally intended to do, but went out to Ceylon as a tea-planter, and was well established there when war broke out. He then returned to England and obtained a commission in the East Yorkshire Regiment. He went to the front in October 1915, and was wounded in March 1916. He re-joined his regiment in May last. He fell in action, on one of the early days of July, whilst he was most gallantly leading his company. The high estimate formed of his character when he was here has been amply confirmed by the subsequent events of the life which he has given for his country.' (Malvernian, Jul 1916).
Somme roll-of-honour
Service record:WO 339/40971