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PostSubject: Major Napoleon Joseph Blake, DSO,   Sat Nov 07, 2009 9:39 pm

Major Napoleon Joseph Blake, DSO, late of the Middlesex Regiment, was born in 1852 son of Captain Maurice Lynch Blake, second son of Maurice Blake, of Ballinafad, and Margaret, daughter of Captain Wallis. He entered the army in 1873 and served in the Zulu war in 1879, and was made a captain in 1881, and major in 1890. He was second in command of the Middlesex Regiment in the South African war, and being mentioned in despatches was awarded the D S O. He has retired since 1901, and is married to Alice, daughter of Robert Page Henderson,
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PostSubject: Re: Major Napoleon Joseph Blake, DSO,   Sun Nov 08, 2009 7:06 pm

Date of Birth - 20th July 1853
South African War, 1879 - Zulu Campaign. Medal with Clasp.
First Appointment - Lieutenant (From Militia) 57th Foot 12th November 1873.
Captain Middlesex Regiment (1st Battalion) 14th March 1881.


Major N.J.R Blake, D.S.O. Late (D.C.O) Middlesex Regt. Died Oct 21st 1926 Aged 73 years.

Blake, Napoleon Joseph Rodolph
BLAKE, NAPOLEON JOSEPH RODOLPH, Major, was born at Portsmouth, 20 July 1853, son of Captain Maurice Lynch Blake and Margaret Louisa Blake. He joined the 57th Foot 12 November 1873, as Lieutenant; served in the Zulu War (Medal); became Captain, Middlesex Regiment, 14 March, 1881, and Major 19 March, 1890. He served in the South African War, 1899 to 1901, taking part in the Relief of Ladysmith, including the operations of 17 to 24 January 1900, and action at Spion Kop; operations of 5 to 7 February 1900, and action at Vaal Kranz; operations on Tugela Heights (14 to 27 February 1900), and action at Pieter's Hill. Operations in the Transvaal in June, 1900. Operations in Natal, March to June, 1900, including action at Laing's Nek (6 to 9 June). Operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900. Operations in Orange River Colony, June, 1900. Operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, 1899. Operations in the Transvaal, 30 November 1900 to May 1901. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with seven clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Napoleon Joseph Rodolph Blake, Major, Middlesex Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He retired 20 July 1901. Major Blake married, in 1888, Alice, daughter of R H Page-Henderson, of Oswaldkirk, Yorkshire, and they had one daughter.

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