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- Charley Ellman Blake -

Unknown person Name : Charley Ellman Blake.

Son of Thomas Ellman Blake and Alice Blake (née Butler).

Born 15 June 1886 Newport. Registered as Charley; name is often given as Charles in official records.

Thomas Blake died in 1902 in Cowes aged 55.

Charley Blake married, Edith Gawn at St Jude, Southsea on 12 Sep 1912. They had a daughter Joan Lorraine Blake born Sep Qtr 1914 Portsmouth Registration District. Edith and Joan Blake emigrated to Australia in 1923.

(For more details see Rootsweb posting)
  Census Information :

1891 : Thomas and Alice Blake, with their children including Charles aged 4, are at 84, St Mary's Street, West Cowes. Thomas Blake is a Railway Porter.

1901 : Thomas and Alice Blake, with their children including Charles aged 15, are at 17, Terminus Road, (Wheat Sheaf Inn), Cowes. Thomas Blake is a Railway Signalman; Charles is a Shipbuilder's Clerk.

1911 : Charley Ellman Blake, aged 24, is an Engine Room Artificer, R.N. and is a Patient at the Royal Naval Hospital, Haslar.

1911 : Alice Blake, a widow, with some of her children, is at Tamworth House, Simeon St, Ryde. Alice Blake is a Lodging House Keeper.
  Service details :

ERA M/280 Charley Ellman Blake, Royal Navy, HM Submarine E3

Charley Ellman enlisted for service on 14 March 1908 for 12 years. He was 5 ft 8 in tall, with auburn hair, hazel eyes and a fresh complexion. His occupation is given as a Fitter Turner.

He served in a number of ship and shore establishments and was on the roster of H.M.S. Maidstone serving in H.M. Submarine E3 when it was sunk by the German submarine U-27 with the loss of all on board.
  Casualty Details :

Died : 18 October 1914 aged 28

Commemorated at : Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire.

CWGC record ...
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Ryde Borough War Memorial
Holy Trinity Church, Ryde, War Memorial
Foresters War Memorial, Cowes
County War Memorial, Carisbrooke Castle
  Documents :


Saturday, October 24, 1914 Page 6

According to information supplied for our Roll of Honour, Mr. Charles E. Blake, of Ryde, is an E.R.A. on board the submarine E3, which the Germans claim to have sunk.

Saturday, October 31, 1914 Page 1

BLAKE. - Lost in the North Sea, on Oct. 18th, in the submarine E3 disaster, Charles Ellman Blake, E.R.A., eldest and dearly-loved son of the late Thomas Ellman Blake and of Mrs. Blake, of St. Leonards, Strand, Ryde, I.W., aged 28.
  Additional Information :

Charley Ellman Blake was the brother-in-law of Thomas Gawn who died in 1915 in Gallipoli.

He was also the brother-in-law of Arthur James Woodford who died in 1918, and who is buried in Ryde Cemetery.
  Acknowledgments :

Pete Morrall and Peter Gawn, (via Janet Griffin) for Gawn family history

Janet Griffin for additional newspaper research

  Page status :
Page last updated : 4 October 2011 - Gawn family information added


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