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Blake, Harold - DCM
Rank : Sergeant
Army Number : 4857405
Unit : 1st Bn
Enlisted in The Leicestershire Regiment (TA) on 10.4.1934, transferring to Regular Service on 1.1.1935 for 7 years service with the Colours and 5 in the Reserve. Was serving in 1st Bn in India as Lance Corporal in 1938. Promoted Lance Sergeant 26.7.1939. Took part in operations in Waziristan on the North Western Frontier and awarded the D.C.M. for his actions on picquet duty on 21.8.1939 (L.G. 7.11.1939). Served as Sergeant in 1st Leicesters in the Malayan Campaign, and was evacuated (invalided) 1.2.1942, thus avoiding becoming a PoW a fortnight later. Released Class 'A' 21.11.1945 and Class 'Z' (T) Reserve 24.2.1946. Died in 2005 aged 90.
Three of his nephews served in the Regiment in the late 1950s and 60s: Terence Blake, Edward Richardson and Ivan Richardson.
Date of Birth : 6.6.1914
Place of Birth : Aylestone, Leicester
Date of Death : 1.2.2005
Place of Death : Hambledon, Hants
Civil Occupation : Farm Worker
Period of Service : 1934-42
Conflicts : Waziristan, WW2
Places Served : India, Malaya
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