Frank Blaker

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Frank Blaker
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Temporary Major Frank Blaker
Born (1920-05-08)8 May 1920
Kasauli, Punjab, British India
Died 9 July 1944(1944-07-09) (aged 24)
Taungni, Burma  
Buried at Taukkyan War Cemetery, Burma
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1941–1944
Rank Major
Unit Highland Light Infantry
9th Gurkha Rifles (attached)
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Victoria Cross
Military Cross

Frank Gerald Blaker VC MC (8 May 1920 – 9 July 1944) was a British-Indian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

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Born in Kasauli, Punjab, India,[1] Frank Blaker was 24 years old, and a Temporary Major in the Highland Light Infantry, British Army, attached to 3rd Battalion, 9th Gurkha Rifles, in the Indian Army during World War II when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 9 July 1944 near Taungni, Burma (now Myanmar), Major Blaker was commanding a company which was held up during an important advance by close-range firing from medium and light machine-guns. The major went ahead of his men through very heavy fire and despite being severely wounded in the arm, located the machine-guns and charged the position alone. Even when mortally wounded he continued to cheer on his men whilst lying on the ground. His fearless leadership inspired his men to storm and capture the objective.[2]

Frank Blaker died as a result of the wounds he received in this action. His grave is located in the Taukkyan War Cemetery, 20 miles north of Rangoon (now Yangon), Burma (now Myanmar). It is located in Plot VI, Row E, Grave 2. Headstone.[3][4]

Blaker's name on the "Memorial Gates" at Constitution Hill, London SW1

Medal Entitlement[edit]

Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Military cross BAR.svg 1939-45 Star.png Burma Star.png Defence Medal ribbon.png War Medal 1939–1945 (UK) ribbon.png

Ribbon Description Notes
Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross (VC) 1944 [5]
Military cross BAR.svg Military Cross (MC) 1943 [6]
1939-45 Star.png 1939-45 Star
Burma Star.png Burma Star
Defence Medal ribbon.png Defence Medal
War Medal 1939–1945 (UK) ribbon.png War Medal

References[edit]

  1. ^ See Victoria Cross Burials.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 36715. p. 4423. 26 September 1944. Retrieved 2009-02-27.
  3. ^ CWGC entry
  4. ^ See Find a Grave.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 36715. p. 4423. 26 September 1944. Retrieved 2009-02-27.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 36102. p. 4316-4317. 22 July 1943. Retrieved 2009-02-27.
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