Lance Corporal William Blake

Lance Corporal William E. Blake, 10th Battalion Cameronians ( Scottish Rifles ). He was killed in action in France on 25th September 1915, aged 25, on the opening day of the Battle of Loos. He was the second son of Andrew and Elizabeth Blake of Leyden’s View, Denholm and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Dud Corner, Loos, France.  He had been an apprentice gardener at Minto Gardens and prior to enlisting he was foreman gardener at Conishead Priory, Ulverston, Lancs. The first photo shows part of the Loos battlefield looking towards the German front line and the second shows an actual attack with the troops disappearing into the clouds of gas and smoke. This was the day the British Army first used gas.

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