Sidney BLAKE

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Sidney BLAKE

Private Sidney Blake
13th Battalion, The Australia Imperial Force

Sidney Blake joined the Australian forces under an assumed name - he was originally Sidney Mullen - but the family always called itself Blake.

A native of Sydney, Sidney was working as a tinsmith when he joined the 13th Battalion in 1915 at the age of 23. He fought at Gallipoli and was then sent to France, where he suffered serious wounds to his leg in February 1917. This led to his evacuation from France and admission to the 3rd South General Hospital, where his leg was amputated below the knee. Between then and the date of his return to Australia in May 1919, Sidney had a few admissions to the 2nd Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Southall, but it will have been during his time there just before Christmas 1918 that he will have participated in the embroidery of the St Paul’s altar frontal.

Once Sidney returned to Australia, he married his wife, Doris, and had two sons, Bernard and Keith.