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Harold R. Blake
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Birth: 1891
Death: 1919

On same BLAKE stone:
Raymond C.
wife Aline D.
William T.
Warren G.
wife Mary J.
Harold R. (B.H. 44 A.E.F.)
1900 U.S. Census Marlborough, MA - Warren G. Blake and family at 55 Warren Avenue. Warren is 51 and a dealer in clothing. Mary is age 42. She has had four boys. They have been married for 19 years. The children are: Raymond C. 15, Allan W. 11, Harold R. 9, and Phillip W. age 5 years.

1910 U.S. Census Marlborough, MA - Warren G. Blake and family still at same address. Warren is the proprietor of a retail clothing store. The four sons are still living with them, ages 25 to 14. Mary had 5 births, 4 living children.

1920 U.S. Census Marlborough, MA - 71 year old Warren G. Blake widower, living at same address with son 35 year old Raymond C. who is now a manager in a retail clothing store.

1930 U.S. Census Marlborough, MA - Raymond C. Blake 45 and wife Aline age 42. Raymond is a merchant in a clothing store. They live in the same house at 55 Warren Avenue. They have a 7 year old son, Harold W. [Most likely named after Raymond's brother who died in France World War I. Raymond's son William T. was born and died at age 4, as seen on the gravestone.]
Internet search for Harold R. Blake B.H.44 A.E.F.
Photo of Harold R. Blake with this caption:
"Corporal Harold R. Blake, Base Hospital No. 44, died March 19, 1919."

He is buried in The American Cemetery in Mesves, France.

A lengthy history of the Base Hospital No. 44 includes Harold's photo and these paragraphs:

"The paper work and property accounts of the organization were finally completed, the proper releases obtained, and everything was in readiness for the final move. On the seventeenth of March orders for the Unit to proceed to Brest arrived. There was an instantaneous resurrection of the erstwhile defunct morale of the outfit, and everybody worked willingly and industriously at policing, packing, paper work, and property adjustments. The Unit had at last reached the end of the long and trying waiting period, and everybody smiled.

"Only one thing occurred to modify the happiness of the men at this time, the sudden illness and death of Harold R. Blake, the third of the enlisted men to make the supreme sacrifice. Corporal Blake died on the nineteenth of March after a few days illness with meningitis, and was buried on the twentieth in the American cemetery at Mesves. He had been a most conscientious, faithful and valuable worker in the Registrar's department of the hospital and was beloved and respected by every member of the Unit.

"At three o'clock in the morning of March twentieth a hasty mess was consumed and the "last things" were done. In company with two other units, Base Hospital Fifty and Base Hospital Seventy-Two, the Command marched to the Mesves station and entrained, and at seven thirty o'clock the journey to America was begun. Cars containing two other hospital units were attached to the train at Bourges, making a train of thirty-eight coaches.

"Much might be said about the discomfort and annoyances of the trip to Brest ; the long delays ; the filthy cars ; the messing difficulties ; the penetrating cold ; and the crowded conditions. But ca ne fait rien now, and everybody could be cheerful; the men were HOMEWARD BOUND!"

Family links: 
  Warren G. Blake (1848 - 1921)
  Mary J. Blake (1858 - 1918)
  Raymond C. Blake (1884 - 1972)*
  Harold R. Blake (1891 - 1919)
*Calculated relationship
Maplewood Cemetery
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: 70-C
Created by: Chris Enright Snyder
Record added: Jun 09, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 71094274
Harold R. Blake
Added by: Chris Enright Snyder
Harold R. Blake
Added by: Chris Enright Snyder
Harold R. Blake
Added by: Chris Enright Snyder
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