Frederick George William 'Porky' Blake

#1138, b. 16 February 1897, d. 27 December 1971

Fred outside his butcher's shop in King Street, Great Yarmouth. Even though the business was named H Blake & Sons, we don't think Herbert ever had anything to do with the business. The 2 owners (Fred and Regie) named it this way to get over whose name would be 'first'.

Individual's Timeline

Birth16 February 1897Frederick George William 'Porky' Blake1,2
Christening30 May 1897Frederick George William 'Porky' Blake3
Marriage26 December 1923Frederick George William 'Porky' Blake2,4
Death of Father25 February 1937Herbert George Blake5
19391939Frederick George William 'Porky' Blake
Marriage of Daughter1946Gladys Muriel 'Dinah' Blake
Marriage of Daughter17 May 1952Gladys Muriel 'Dinah' Blake
Death of Mother16 February 1955Maria Blake6
Marriage of Daughtercirca 1956Jean Margaret Blake
Death6 July 1963Ada Violet Blake2
Death27 December 1971Frederick George William 'Porky' Blake2,4

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • Occupation: Frederick was in the army in 1915, in 1918 he was a Dental Mechanic in London, in 1920 he was in the Territorial Forces, in 1922 he was a sheet metal worker and by 1924 he had a butcher's stall in the Market. By 1926 he was in the butcher's shop in Nelson Road.
  • Anecdote: A letter sent to me by Fred's youngest daughter Jean's reads: "I have an old Priory school book printed in 1915 with Dad's name in it. It shows he served in WW1 in the 5th Norfolk's. There is also another BLAKE, this one William L, in the book as having served in the 6th Norfolks. I doubt he was accepted as a dental mechanic, I believe he played the flutes instead."2
  • Description: At the age of 23 years Frederick George William 'Porky' Blake was described as 5 foot 7 inches tall, weighed 154 pounds, had a chest measurement of 35 and a half inches, with an expansion range of 2 and half inches. He had a fresh complexion, with brown hair and eyes.7
  • Anecdote: Regie and Fred had a stall in the market from 1924 selling rabbits. They caught, killed and prepared them for sale.
  • Residence: In between 1947 and 1952 Frederick George William and Ada lived in 37 St Julian Road, Caister-on-sea, Norfolk, England.

Census details

Military Career

Records show that Frederick George William 'Porky' Blake served in the armed forces. Served in the 5th Battalion Norfolk regiment - Enlisted 15th march 1915, discharged June 1917 number 203430. Also served in the (MT) R.A.S.C. - Enlisted about June 1917 discharged 1st May 1920. number M/323094.4,7


  • 1920, 5765590
  • 1920, Great Yarmouth, England, 4th battalion Norfolk regiment (Territorial Forces), when he was residing in 29 Row 109. He stated he had already been in the army previously. Translates into something like - he was in the 4th Battalion Norfolk regiment Territorials, and then transferred into the same regiment Defense Force, then back again into the Territorials. All above was between 1920 and 1921, with no mention of any service during the war, but we have docs proving he did serve in the war, see 1915 entry.7
  • 1922, Great Yarmouth, England, He was discharged in Great Yarmouth, after serving 2 years and 124 days.

Children of Frederick George William 'Porky' Blake and Ada Violet King


  1. BDM, British Isles Vital Record CD, BLAKE, Frederick George William - Birth Date: 16 Feb 1897.      Christening Date: 30 May 1897
    Recorded in: Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. Collection: St Nicholas
         Father:     Herbert George BLAKE
         Mother:     Maria
    Source:     FHL Film 1526329     Dates:     1890 - 1901.
  2. Letter, Jean Eastoe to Shirley Elrick, 11/4/1999.
  3. Valerie Grey-Wilson, Base.
  4. Copies of original certificates and docs.
  5. Letter, Jean Eastoe to Shirley Elrick, 11/4/1999, vol 13 page 254.
  6. Letter, Jean Eastoe to Shirley Elrick, 11/4/1999, I assume this came from a tombstone in Gt Yarmouth Churchyard.
  7. British Army WWI Pension Records 1914-1920, online then search military records.