Sub Lieutenant Alfred Basil Blake

Biography of Sub Lieutenant Alfred Basil Blake

Alfred Basil Blake graduated from the University of Glasgow with a B.Sc in 1920 and was awarded a Sporting Blue for Rugby in 1913 and for Cricket in 1914.

Blake was born on the 9th February 1893 in the region of Seaforth in Lancashire, England. His father, Frederick John, was the Superintendent Engineer on White Star American Lines.

Alfred joined the University of Glasgow in the academic year of 1911 to 1912, attending the Faculty of Engineering Science and took classes such as Higher Mathematics, Higher Natural Philosophy (Physics) as well as Electrical Engineering and Engineering Drawing.

Blake's studies were interrupted by the War and he served as a sub lieutenant in the Royal Navy. During the War Blake rose up the ranks, to become a temporary Engineer Lieutenant by May 1917. Graduating with a B.Sc in 1920 Blake appears to have continued to rise, becoming an Engineer Lieutenant (1921) and then Engineer Captain.

Throughout his time at university, Blake was heavily involved in sports. Blake was frequently mentioned in the rugby reports within the Glasgow University Magazine and his kicking ability in particular was consistently praised with several mentions of 'beautiful' and 'lovely' goals. Blake's ability was recognised with him being awarded a Sporting Blue for Rugby in 1913 and he also took on the role of Honorary Secretary of the Glasgow University Athletics Club.

After the war ended Blake was captain of the rugby team and his playing continued to be praised as 'outstanding' although he resigned this captaincy due to stress from work. Blake was by then also the President of Glasgow University Athletics Club.

Arthur Basil Blake died on July 22nd 1962.


Sub Lieutenant Alfred Basil Blake
Rank: Sub Lieutenant
Regiment: Royal Navy
Degree: BSc
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Roll of Graduates 1918-1927 R3/2/2; Glasgow University Magazine Volume 30, Numbers 1-8 unbound 1918-1919 (Number 2 Christmas 1918 pg 55) DC198/1/30; Register of Date of Birth of Graduate R3/1/2 (1916-1920; Matriculation slip R8/5/32/1 1911-1912 Men A-B; Matriculation slip R8/5/34/1 1913-1914 Men A-B, Matriculation slip R8/5/40/1 1919-1920 Men A-B; Mentioned in the London Gazette, issue 30105, page 5362, date of publication 1st June 1917,-under 'Tempy'; General Council Register DC183/11/45; The Story of The White Star Line Plates Paragraph 10 Accessed 15/05/2015; Glasgow University Magazine Volume 24, bound (complete) 1911-1912 reference number; GB 248 DC/198/1/24 Pg 255, Glasgow University Magazine Volume 25, bound (complete) 1912-1913 reference number; GB 248 DC/198/1/25 Pg225; Glasgow University Magazine (1913-1914) DC198/1/26 Volume 26 bound pg220 and pg232; Glasgow University Magazine (1919-1920) DC198/1/31 Volume 31 Numbers 1-18,Number 4. (Christmas) Pg 110; Glasgow University Magazine (1919-1920) DC198/1/31 Volume 31 Numbers 1-18, Number 1 Pg21+ pg76-77; The Story of The White Star Line Plates These notes were written in 1993 (and subsequently updated in 1994, 1996 and 1997) by Jean Millar Parish Councillor of Compton and Shawford. Further amended in 2011 on the advice of Denis Blake Paragraph 10 and picture of grave at the bottom of the page for exact date, Accessed 15/05/2015)

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