Private SS7626 Army Service Corps
Frank Blake was born in c.August 1876 in Newton Valence in Hampshire, the son of James and Rebecca. The 1871, 1881 and 1891 censuses record that his family lived in Newton Valence, and the 1891 census records that Frank was a blacksmith.
Frank enlisted in 1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment at Aldershot in 1895. He gave his occupation as labourer, and was 5 feet 7¼ inches tall, weighed 144 lbs and had a chest measurement of 34 inches. He had a fair complexion, brown eyes and dark brown hair; and tattoos of an anchor on his right forearm and of a sailor on his left forearm. He served in India and South Africa, and was dicharged after 12 years service. Frank ha married Alice Simpson in 1904.
Frank rejoined his old regiment on 18 August 1914, but was discharged on 29 September 1914 as “not likely to become an efficient soldier so released within 9 months of enlistment being considered unfit for service. He was a chronic alcoholic and admitted it”.
Frank re-enlisted with the Army Service Corps on 24 March 1915, and his medals card records that he served in France and earned the 1914/15 Star. His next of kin was his sister Mrs Annie Jackman of Christmas Pie Cottages in Wanborough.
Frank Blake’s medals are on display in Ash Museum (788/-)