BLAKE, Alfred Lapthorn

Title: 
Sir
Rank: 
Major (Acting Lieutenant Colonel)
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Born: 
Wednesday, October 6, 1915
Died : 
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Major Alfred Blake was awarded the M.C. [1] for courage, tenacity, and skill whilst serving as Brigade Major, 2 Special Service Brigade HQ, in the Mediterranean. He had been appointed to this position on the 17th January 1944.  The citation covers the 11 months since then during which he took part in all operations including Anzio, Monte Ornito in Feb. 1944, Dalmatian Island operations such Miljet in May and Brac in June 1944, and the attack and capture of Sarande in October 1944 [2].
 
  • December 1944 Major Blake MC was appointed 2nd in command of 45RM Commando in North West Europe. He later received a MiD for good services with the 21st Army Group. [3].
  • November 1945 he was the CO of the Holding Operational Commando [4].
  • 1979 Alfred Lapthorn Blake MC was appointed K.C.V.O. [5].
Extract from Commando Association newsletter 43 issued September 1966.
Our best wishes go to Lt. Colonel Alfred Blake M.C., LL.B., LP. (2 Bde. and 45 Cdo.) who in January next succeeds Sir John Hunt as Director of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 37136, page 3191.
[2] National Archives file WO 373/47/72.
[3] London Gazettes Supp. 37251, page 4439.
[4] HOC Farewell Dinner menu with signatures posted on the Forum.
[4] Many Commando Service Certificates with his signature.
[5] London Gazettes Supp. 47723, page 4.
 

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