Geoffrey Blake (Royal Navy officer)

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Sir Geoffrey Blake
Born (1882-09-16)16 September 1882
Died 18 July 1968(1968-07-18) (aged 85)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service 1897 - 1945
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held HMS Queen Elizabeth
New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy
Battlecruiser Squadron
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order

Vice Admiral Sir Geoffrey Blake, KCB, DSO (16 September 1882 – 18 July 1968) was an officer in the Royal Navy who went on to be Fourth Sea Lord.

Naval career[edit]

Blake was born at Alverstoke in Hampshire, the son of Thomas Blake and Fanny Leatry.[1] As a boy, he attended Winchester College before entering the Royal Navy in 1897.[2] He served in World War I and at the Battle of Jutland, Blake served as gunnery commander aboard HMS Iron Duke.[2]

In 1919, he was appointed naval attaché in Washington D. C., a position he held until 1921.[2] He was given command of HMS Queen Elizabeth in 1921 and then became Deputy Director of the Royal Navy Staff College in 1925 going on to be Director of the College in 1926.[2] He was appointed Chief of the Naval Staff for the Atlantic Fleet in 1927 and First Member of the New Zealand Naval Board and Commodore commanding the New Zealand Division in 1929.[2] He became Fourth Sea Lord and Chief of Supplies and Transport in 1932 and Vice Admiral commanding the Battlecruiser Squadron and Second in Command of the Mediterranean Fleet with his flag in HMS Hood in 1936.[2]

He also served in World War II as an Additional Assistant Chief of Naval Staff from 1940 and as Flag Officer, Liaison to the United States Navy in Europe from 1942 to 1945.[2]

In retirement he became Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod.[3]

Family[edit]

In 1911 he married Jean St. John Carr; they had two daughters.,[4] one of whom married the historian John Ehrman.

References[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
George Swabey
Commander-in-Chief, New Zealand Division
1929–1932
Succeeded by
Fischer Watson
Preceded by
Sir Lionel Preston
Fourth Sea Lord
1932–1935
Succeeded by
Sir Percy Noble
Preceded by
Sir Sidney Bailey
Commander, Battlecruiser Squadron
1936–1937
Succeeded by
Sir Andrew Cunningham
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir William Mitchell
Black Rod
1945–1949
Succeeded by
Sir Brian Horrocks