Gilbert Alan Blake

#47274, b. 1887, d. September 1971

Individual's Timeline

Birth1887Gilbert Alan Blake
Death of Father12 September 1894Edgar Frederick Blake1
DeathSeptember 1971Gilbert Alan Blake2

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • Occupation: Gilbert was a medical student in 1911.

Census details

Some aspects of Gilbert Alan Blake's life. Gilbert was a Major General in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He was awarded 10 medals, covering both wars - The Most Honourable Order of the Bath, C.B. (Military) Companion’s neck badge, silver-gilt and enamel, with neck cravat; 1914-15 Star (Capt., R.A.M.C.); British War and Victory Medals (Capt.); India General Service 1908-35, 1 clasp, Afghanistan N.W.F. 1919 (Lt-Col., R.A.M.C.); 1939-45 Star; Defence and War Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf; Jubilee 1935; Coronation 1937, these unnamed, mounted as worn, good very fine (10)

The footnote attached to the the record of the sale of these medals in 2009 reads - Gilbert Alan Blake was born on 9 January 1887 at Grove Park, Lee, Kent. He was educated at Eastbourne College and Guy’s Hospital where he received his medical training and gained the M.B. B.S. London, 1911; M.R.C.S. Eng., L.R.C.P. London, 1911. Entering the Army, he was commissioned a Lieutenant in the R.A.M.C. in January 1912 and was advanced to Captain in March 1915. He served in India, 1914-21 and Afghanistan 1919, serving as a C.O. of a Field Ambulance, May-September 1919, and C.O. of 2 Field Ambulance, April-July 1921. He received the brevet of Major in January 1920, holding that temporary rank, May 1920-January 1921 and confirmed in that rank, January 1924. He was Acting Lieutenant-Colonel, May-September 1919 and April-July 1921 and was promoted to that rank in May 1934 and to Colonel in July 1939. Between the wars he served in Egypt, 1926-31 and India, 1933-38 and was C.O. of the B.M.H. Rawalpindi, 1937-38 and of B.M.H. Murree, 1938. Blake was appointed A.D.M.S. H.Q. Eastern Command, 1938-40; D.D.M.S. H.Q. 2 L. of C. Area, February-April 1940; A.D.M.S. H.Q. NWEF (Norway), April-May 1940; Commandant No. 1 Depot R.A.M.C. 1940-41, and D.D.M.S. H.Q. Western Command, 1941-46. With these appointments he was promoted Acting Major-General, November 1941; and Major-General, May 1942. For his wartime services he was mentioned in despatches for the Norway campaign (London Gazette 20 December 1940) and later awarded the C.B. (London Gazette 8 June 1944). He was further honoured by being appointed Honorary Surgeon to the King in 1942. Retiring from the Army in 1946, he retired to Hartley Wintney, Hampshire, where he died on 7 August 1971.

They sold for £1,100

Source accessed 16th July 2012.

Research Notes

  • Research note 01: In 1938 Gilbert was living in the same house as his mother and sister. As no other BLAKE is named in the electoral roll, I assume he was not married.


  1. Website ( "England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966 about Edgar Frederic Blake
    Name:      Edgar Frederic Blake
    Probate Date:      31 Oct 1894
    Death Date:      12 Sep 1894
    Death Place:      Kent, England
    Registry:      London, England."
  2. Website ( "
    England & Wales, Death Index: 1916-2006 about Gilbert Alan Blake
    Name:      Gilbert Alan Blake
    Birth Date:      9 Jan 1887
    Date of Registration:      Jul-Aug-Sep 1971
    Age at Death:      84
    Registration district:      Aldershot
    Inferred County:      Hampshire
    Volume:      6b
    Page:      51."