Private Francis James Blake

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


Date of Death

19 Apr 1915

War time / or Pre War occupation

Chandler's apprentice

Service Number


Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

200 Hitchin Road
United Kingdom

Place of Death


Grave Location


War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


The Luton News , 3rd June 1915
Pte Francis James Blake


Pte Francis James Blake, 13406, 1st Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action on April 19th, 1915. He was aged 19.

He and his family had moved to Luton from Stamford, Lincolnshire, shortly before the war and he enlisted in the Bedfords in September 1914, serving much of the time at the front.

At the time of the 1911 Census, Francis - along with six sisters and four brothers - was living with parents George and Carrie at 19 Bentley Street, Stamford. His father was a chandler and he was a chandler's apprentice.

Pte Blake was listed as "wounded and missing" in the Beds Regiment casualty lists issued on May 31st, 1915. His parents, then living at 200 Hitchin Road, Luton, asked The Luton News to publish his photograph in the hope that someone would have news about their son. The bad news was to come later.

[The Luton News, June 3, 1915]


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Pte Francis James Blake

Author: Deejaya

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