Charles James Blake, RN

Born  2 Jul 1899


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Ranks

1 Dec 1924 Mate
1 Aug 1927 Lt.
1 Aug 1935 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1939 Cdr.
30 Jun 1945 Capt.

Retired: 15 Sep 1950


Decorations

Warship Commands listed for Charles James Blake, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Orpheus (i) (N 46)Lt.Cdr.Submarine19 Jun 1938May 1940
HMS Devonshire (39)Cdr.Heavy cruiser18 Jun 194313 Jul 1943

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Events related to this officer

Submarine HMS Orpheus (i) (N 46)


13 Oct 1939
While refitting at Hong Kong, HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN), was undocked. She had been refitting at Hong Kong since July 1939. (1)

13 Nov 1939
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) conducted engine trials off Hong Kong. (2)

15 Nov 1939
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) conducted post refit trials off Hong Kong. (2)

17 Nov 1939
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) conducted torpedo firing trials off Hong Kong. (2)

20 Nov 1939
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) conducted trials off Hong Kong. (2)

21 Nov 1939
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong. (2)

22 Nov 1939
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong. (2)

23 Nov 1939
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong. (2)

27 Nov 1939
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong. (2)

30 Nov 1939
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) departed Hong Kong for Singapore.

For the daily positions of HMS Orpheus during this passage see the map below.

(2)

5 Dec 1939
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) arrived at Singapore. (3)

9 Dec 1939
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) departed Singapore for Colombo.

For the daily positions of HMS Orpheus during this passage see the map below.

(3)

14 Dec 1939
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) arrived at Colombo. (3)

18 Dec 1939
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) departed Colombo for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Chagos Archipelago.

For the daily positions of HMS Orpheus during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

16 Jan 1940
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Colombo. (4)

22 Jan 1940
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) departed Colombo for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Chagos Archipelago and the Maldives.

For the daily positions of HMS Orpheus during this patrol see the map below.

(4)

4 Feb 1940
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Colombo. (5)

8 Feb 1940
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) was docked at Colombo. (5)

10 Feb 1940
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) was undocked. (5)

15 Feb 1940
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) conducted exercises off Colombo together with aircraft and HMS Widnes (Lt.Cdr. R.B. Chandler, RN). (5)

16 Feb 1940
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) departed Colombo for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Chagos Archipelago and the Maldives.

For the daily positions of HMS Orpheus during this patrol see the map below.

(5)

2 Mar 1940
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Colombo. (6)

15 Mar 1940
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) departed Colombo for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to proceed to Diego Saurez, Madagascar. En-route she was to inspect several anchorages. Upon departing Colombo exercises were carried out with HMS Widnes (Lt.Cdr. R.B. Chandler, RN). (6)

15 Mar 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)

For the daily positions of HMS Orpheus during her 4th war patrol see the map below.

(6)

23 Mar 1940
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) ended her 4th war patrol at Diego Saurez where she was immediately docked. (6)

25 Mar 1940
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) was undocked. (6)

26 Mar 1940
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) departed Diego Saurez for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off RĂ©union together with the French sloop Rigault de Genouilly (CF (= Cdr) L.G.E. Frossard).

For the daily positions of HMS Orpheus during this patrol see the map below.

(6)

28 Mar 1940
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) was ordered to return to Diego Saurez. (6)

30 Mar 1940
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) returned to Diego Saurez. After fuelling she departed for Aden. Orpheus was to proceed to the Mediterranean.

For the daily positions of HMS Orpheus during the passage to Aden see the map below.

(6)

6 Apr 1940
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) arrived at Aden. (7)

14 Apr 1940
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) departed Aden for Port Said.

For the daily positions of HMS Orpheus during this patrol see the map below.

(7)

19 Apr 1940
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) arrived at Port Said. (7)

21 Apr 1940
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) departed Port Said for Malta. She made the passage together with HMS Moy (Lt. V.G. Palmer, RN) and HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Woods, RN).

For the daily positions of HMS Orpheus during this passage see the map below.

(7)

26 Apr 1940
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) arrived at Malta. (7)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/15839
  2. ADM 173/15840
  3. ADM 173/15841
  4. ADM 173/16367
  5. ADM 173/16368
  6. ADM 173/16369
  7. ADM 173/16370

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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