BLAKE, John Philip

Rank: 
Captain
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Honours & Awards: 
Born: 
Saturday, November 17, 1917
Died : 
Saturday, June 3, 1944
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
26
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 
Operations: 
Capt Blake MC 43RM Commando
Captain John Blake MC  died [1] during operations against the enemy held island of Brac. He had earlier been awarded the MC [2] for leadership, gallantry and devotion to duty while serving with Royal Marine Commandos in the capture of Mt. Ornito, Italy on the 3 Feb. 1944 [3].
 
Born at Portsmouth in 1917 and educated at Aldenham, and then Cambridge in 1936. He graduated with a degree in Mathematics and in 1939 took up a post as mathematics master at Sherborne School before joining the Royal Marines after only one term at the school. He also played cricket for Hampshire in 1939 [4].
 
Sources
[1] CWGC
[2] London Gazettes Supp. 36583, page 3040.
[3] National Archives file WO 373/47/157.
[4] Obituary in RM Globe and Laurel Nov. 1944 edition.
[4] + [image] Sherborne School Archives.
 
Notes
An inscription on the back of the Lectern at St Faiths Havant Church has his name inscribed. Research by Lt Col Peter Thomas RM on the Church website confirm Brac as being the operation in which he was killed.
 

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