Background : Son of James Joseph Blake, of Surrey Hills, Victoria, Australia. At enlistment : single. No previous military experience. At discharge : height 6 feet 1/2 inches, brown eyes, dark complexion, dark hair. Marital status : married. Marks / scars : right hip. Full time war service : A.I.F. 05/08/1941 to 16/01/1946 which included 1624 days active service (60 days within Australia & 1477 days overseas). Operational service : Middle East & Java areas, embarked from Australia 02/11/1941 , disembarked in Australia 17/11/1945. War badge no. 290434. Discharge certificate no. 483518. Died in November 1998.
05/08/1941 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Royal Park, Victoria.
08/08/1941 Granted leave without pay 08/08/1941 to 11/08/1941.
12/08/1941 Rejoined unit.
20/08/1941 Transferred to Engineer Training Depot from Recruit Reception Depot.
09/10/1941 Promoted to acting Corporal.
27/10/1941 Posted to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion as reinforcements.
02/11/1941 Embarked Sydney, New South Wales H.M.S. Queen Mary (H.M.T. L.L.) Convoy 13.
24/11/1941 Disembarked Port Tewfik, Suez.
25/11/1941 Transferred to Pioneer Training Battalion.
25/11/1941 Reverted to Private.
21/01/1942 Marched out to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion from Pioneer Training Battalion.
31/01/1942 Embarked Middle East H.M.T. Orcades.
18/02/1942 Disembarked Batavia, Java.
07/03/1942 Reported missing in action.
30/04/1942 Reported missing in action & transferred to X list.
14/07/1942 Reported missing believed prisoner of war.
04/11/1943 Reported interned in prisoner of war camp (Thailand).
15/08/1945 Granted proficiency pay.
29/10/1945 Embarked Singapore hospital ship S.S. Karoa.
16/11/1945 Disembarked Melbourne, Victoria.
28/11/1945 Admitted 115 Australian General Hospital, Heidelberg, Melbourne, Victoria with malaria.
15/01/1946 Marched out to Discharge Depot, Victoria.
16/01/1946 Discharged at Royal Park, Victoria.