Rank or Title
Date of Birth
Date of Death
19 Apr 1915
War time / or Pre War occupation
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
War Memorial Location
Soldier or Civilian
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]