Cuthbert Patrick Blake

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Commander (retired) SIR Cuthbert Patrick Blake, Bart., D.S.O., R.N. (2 January, 1885 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

His cousin, Lionel George Dawson, also served in destroyers in the Great War. In fact, they were both considered for command of the new destroyer Termagant in 1916. The assignment would go to Blake, and earn him his D.S.O. for his service in the Battle of Jutland.[1]

Life & Career

Born in Pimlico, Blake gained three months' time on passing out of Britannia.[2]

Blake was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 4 April, 1907.[3]

Blake was appointed to the third class protected cruiser Pandora in October, 1910 and was noted for having contributed to good Battle Practice results in the ship in 1911.[4]

Blake received his first ship command opportunity when he was appointed in command of the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 17 in late March, 1913. He was loaned in mid-year to Ariadne for the annual manoeuvres and left T.B. 17 when he was appointed in command of the destroyer Porcupine on 13 January, 1914.[5]

Blake was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 April, 1915.[6]

As a Lieutenant-Commander, Blake commanded the destroyer Termagant on temporary assignment with the Thirteenth Destroyer Flotilla at the Battle of Jutland.[7] He was gazetted on 15 September 1916 for his services in the battle for gallantly pressing home a torpedo attack on the enemy battle cruisers after defeating the German destroyers who had rushed into the middle ground at the same time. He was decorated with the D.S.O. by the King on 2 December, 1916.[8]

In 1918, Blake was thanked by the Admiralty for his anti-submarine work near the river Tees.

Post-War

Blake succeeded to the Baronetcy of Blake of Langham upon the death of his father on 1 October, 1920.[9]

Blake was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Commander on 3 January, 1928.[10]

World War II

Blake was mobilised on 28 September, 1938. He was sent to Liverpool to work with the Naval Officer in Charge and W.P.S. of the N.W. Area. In 1939 he was made the Service Equipment Officer on the staff of the Flag Officer in Charge, Liverpool. In mid-1943 he started work as Service Equipment Officer at the Radar School at Brighton. He finally reverted to the Retired List in February, 1944.[11]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Henry D. Simonds
Captain of H.M. T.B. 17
27 Mar, 1913[12] – 13 Jan, 1914[13]
Succeeded by
Terence A. F. Longford
Preceded by
Charles E. Hamond
Captain of H.M.S. Porcupine
13 Jan, 1914[14][15] – 4 Dec, 1915[16]
Succeeded by
Reginald G. Pardoe
Preceded by
Claude B. Evans
Captain of H.M.S. Liffey
4 Dec, 1915[17] – 1 Mar, 1916[18]
Succeeded by
Alan M. Yeats-Brown
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Termagant
1 Mar, 1916[19][20] – Oct, 1917[21]
Succeeded by
Montague R. Bernard
Preceded by
Montague R. Bernard
Captain of H.M.S. Mohawk
c. Oct, 1917[22] – 30 Nov, 1918[23]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Louis H. K. Hamilton
Captain of H.M.S. Taurus
27 Jan, 1919[24][25] – 23 Jul, 1919[26]
Succeeded by
Lionel G. Foote
Preceded by
Lionel G. Foote
Captain of H.M.S. Oracle
23 Jul, 1919[27] – 1 Oct, 1919[28]
Succeeded by
Ralph G. H. Izat
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Sardonyx
1 Oct, 1919[29] – 3 Mar, 1920[30]
Succeeded by
James C. N. MacMillan
Preceded by
Francis G. Glossop
Captain of H.M.S. Westminster
12 Apr, 1920[31][32] – 1 Sep, 1920[33]
Succeeded by
Martin J. C. de Meric
Preceded by
Hugh B. Wrey
Captain of H.M.S. Stronghold
16 Feb, 1924[34][35] – 29 Aug, 1924[36]
Succeeded by
Trevor St. V. F. Tyler

Footnotes

  1. Dawson. Flotillas. p. 157.
  2. Blake Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/6. f. 173.
  3. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 8.
  4. Blake Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/6. f. 173.
  5. Blake Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/6. f. 173.
  6. Blake Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/6. f. 173.
  7. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. p. 224.
  8. Blake Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/6. f. 173.
  9. Blake Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/6. f. 173.
  10. Blake Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/6. f. 173.
  11. Blake Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/6. f. 173.
  12. Blake Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/6. f. 173.
  13. Blake Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/6. f. 173.
  14. Blake Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/6. f. 173.
  15. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 396o.
  16. Blake Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/6. f. 173.
  17. Blake Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/6. f. 173.
  18. Blake Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/6. f. 173.
  19. Blake Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/6. f. 173.
  20. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 398g.
  21. Blake Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/6. f. 173.
  22. Blake Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/6. f. 173.
  23. Blake Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/6. f. 173.
  24. Blake Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/6. f. 173.
  25. The Navy List. (August, 1919). p. 915.
  26. Blake Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/6. f. 173.
  27. Blake Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/6. f. 173.
  28. Blake Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/6. f. 173.
  29. Blake Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/6. f. 173.
  30. Blake Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/6. f. 173.
  31. Blake Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/6. f. 173.
  32. The Navy List. (September, 1920). p. 899.
  33. Blake Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/6. f. 173.
  34. Blake Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/6. f. 173.
  35. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 272.
  36. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 272.