BLAKE, Charles Edward
(Service number 24130)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 11 March 1881 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date 9 February 1915 Age 33 years
Address at Enlistment Kaikoura
Occupation Grocer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married. Two children
Next of Kin Mrs I. C. BLAKE (wife), Kaikoura, Marlborough
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 13th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Date 27 May 1916
Transport Willochra or Tofua
Embarked From Wellington Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Otago Regiment

Military Awards

Service Medals British War Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 15 July 1917 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 1 November 1959 Age 78 years
Place of Death Masterton
Memorial or Cemetery Archer Street Cemetery, Masterton
Memorial Reference Area Ex Servicemen, Row 6, Plot CEB
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Charles Edward Blake was born on 11 March 1881 at Waimate, the second son of William and Elizabeth (née Mann) Blake and a twin of William Herman Blake (Harry). William and Elizabeth had married in 1878 at Waimate and went on to have eleven children born there. Charles was surely educated at Waimate School. On 6 March 1913 at Wairoa, he married Ivy Cicely Adams. Leslie Charles Moyston Blake was born on 14 October 1913 at Wellington and Ivy Catherine Blake was bor on 25 November 1915 at Kaikoura. Another daughter was born in 1918 after Charles’ return from the war.

Charles Blake was a grocer at Kaikoura when he enlisted on 9 February 1915 at Trentham. He named his wife as next-of-kin – Mrs I. C. Blake, Kaikoura, Marlborough. Private C. E. Blake embarked with the Canterbury Infantry Battalion of the 13th Reinforcements, departing from Wellington on 27 May 1916. But C. E. Blake did not get beyond England. After 352 days service overeas he was discharged on 15 July 1917, being medically unfit because of illness. He suffered 50% permanent disability from tuberculosis of the lung. He was awarded the British War Medal. The name of Private Charles Blake appeared regularly on the Waimate Daily Advertiser Roll of Honour under the sub-title of Answered the Call.

Charles and Ivy were divorced in 1921, a decree nisi being granted when Ivy declared that she had been forced to leave her husband several times owing to his drunkenness. In 1938 Charles married Kate Emily Wright (née Hunt), a widow. He died on 1 November 1959 at Masterton, where he had lived since his second marriage. He was buried in the Returned Servicemen’s area of Archer Street Cemetery, Masterton, a services stone marking his grave. Kate had died at Masterton earlier in 1959, her ashes being interred at Palmerston North with her first husband.

Four of his brothers also served in World War One – John Henry Blake, Leslie Walter Blake, George Stanley Blake and Allan Blake. His nephew, Flying Officer Eric George Blake, lost his life in World War Two.


Auckland War Memorial Museumm Cenotaph Database [04 July 2022]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [04 July 2022]; Masterton Cemetery burial record (Masterton District Council) [08 July [08 July 2022]; Masterton Cemetery headstone transcription (South Canterbury Branch NZSG records) [08 July [08 July 2022];; Masterton Cemetery headstone image (Find A Grave) [08 July [08 July 2022]; Waimate Daily Advertiser, 30 May 1918, NZ Herald, 16 December 1921 (Papers Past) [18 September 2019; 08 July 2022]

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