condensed discuss document expanded export feedback print share remove reset document_white enquire_white export_white report_white

Ernest Harold Blakey

-

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ernest Harold AWMM
  • Surname
    Blakey AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    20449 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

Contribute ›
  • Birth
    30 June 1901 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Unknown AWMM C/o Bay of Islands Power Board, Kaikohe, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM C/o Bay of Islands Power Board, Kaikohe, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs A. Blakey (wife), 120 Valley Road, Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs A. Blakey (wife), 120 Valley Road, Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

Contribute ›

Military decorations

Contribute ›
  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    14 October 1943 AWMM
    'On the night of 23-24 October 1942 during the attack on MITEIRIYA RIDGE, Egypt, Sergeant Blakey’s platoon commander was wounded and he took charge of the platoon, leading them with dash through the remainder of the action until the unit was withdrawn on 28 October. During this action while on a Company patrol he gave valuable assistance in the capture and demolition of several field guns and anti-tank guns. On 11 November 1942 during the attack on Halfaya Pass he led his section with great vim and dash and was responsible for the capture of a considerable number of prisoners. Over a long period he displayed continual devotion to duty and disregard for personal safety.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Blakey, Ernest Harold. (Ref. WO 373/26/248). Military Medal. London Gazette, October 1943 p. 4548 New Zealand Gazette, September 1945 p. 1145 AWMM

Training and Enlistment

Contribute ›

Prisoner of war

Contribute ›
  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

Contribute ›
  • Medical notes
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Wounded 3 times AWMM

Last known rank

Contribute ›
  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

Contribute ›
  • Son of Lilian Blakey and Frank Ernest Blakey.

    Sergeant E. H. Blakey, MM; Maungaturoto; born Auckland, 30 Jun 1901; solicitor; three times wounded. (Source: Cody, J.F. 21 Battalion. p.203.)

    'C Company was first to report to Colonel Harding that it was digging in on the objective; then B Company reported that Lieutenant Eady had taken command and was consolidating. Finally A Company was contacted through B Company and said it was reorganising in its appointed area. The success signal was put up at 3 a.m., runners were sent back to Brigade Headquarters with the information, and wireless communication was also established with Brigade. (NZ Engineers, Middle East) At first light (21st) the position at Maleme had altered dramatically to our disadvantage: 22 Battalion, in face of the hostile build-up, was withdrawing, thereby giving the enemy the use of the airfield—if the guns and mortars still in action could be silenced or if the risk was accepted of landing under fire. There had been little sleep for NZE Detachment for there were still pockets of enemy around; one party tried to enter a post where Corporal Blakey had taken the precaution of providing himself with a supply of German grenades. The visitors departed, leaving behind a Spandau as a memento of the occasion. The German Command, making the best of an ugly situation, had decided to concentrate everything on Maleme, where the chances of securing a landing ground seemed less remote. The morning was thus a time of reorganisation and it was not until about 4 p.m. that more paratroops were dropped among the NZE Detachment—this time on 19 Army Troops and the adjoining Maori Battalion. Sergeant E. H. Blakey, MM; Maungaturoto; born Auckland, 30 Jun 1901; barrister and solicitor; three times wounded. After Lieutenant West-Watson had been wounded, D Company lost formation in the dust and murk behind the assaulting troops. Corporal McManus gathered up as many of 17 Platoon as he could and led them forward. Sergeant Blakey took command of 18 Platoon when Second-Lieutenant Stranger was wounded. When he arrived at the objective McManus had only five men with him, but after scouting around found fragments of 16 and 18 Platoons. Lieutenant Robertson then arrived with part of 16 Platoon and merged the lot into one platoon, with McManus the sole NCO; there were 23 men altogether.' (Source: Cody, J.F. 21 Battalion. p. 203.; Cody, J.F. NZ Engineers, Middle East. pp. 144-145.) AWMM
Read more

Death

About death

Contribute ›
  • Death
    • 1975 AWMM
      AWMM
    • 16 March 1975 21Bn Assoc. Inc. Records. MS-2008-42.
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

Contribute ›
  • Memorial name

Roll of Honour

Remember Ernest Harold Blakey by laying a poppy.

Leave a note

Leave a tribute or memory of Ernest Harold Blakey

Leave a note

Contribute ›

Sources

Sources

Contribute ›
  • External links
    • Births, Deaths and Marriages (New Zealand) Historical Records online
      https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz
      Sources Used
    • Cody, J. (1953). 21 Battalion. Wellington, Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch
      http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2-21Ba.html
      Further Reference
    • 'The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East.' (London Gazette, 14 October 1943, p.4548.). Military Medal.
      http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/36209/supplements/4548
      Further Reference
    • 'On the night of 23-24 October 1942 during the attack on MITEIRIYA RIDGE, Egypt, Sergeant Blakey’s platoon commander was wounded and he took charge of the platoon, leading them with dash through the remainder of the action until the unit was withdrawn on 28 October. During this action while on a Company patrol he gave valuable assistance in the capture and demolition of several field guns and anti-tank guns. On 11 November 1942 during the attack on Halfaya Pass he led his section with great vim and dash and was responsible for the capture of a considerable number of prisoners. Over a long period he displayed continual devotion to duty and disregard for personal safety.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Blakey, Ernest Harold. (Ref. WO 373/26/248). Military Medal.
      http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D7362221
      Further Reference
  • Documents
    • Sutherland, J. (1989). Gallantry awards to New Zealanders in World War Two. Christchurch, N.Z.: Regal Medals. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 2: WW2 20 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 13 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1944 to 31st March, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 13: WW2 13 AWMM
    • 21 Battalion (Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) AWMM
      p.203. AWMM
    • Cody, J.F. (1961). New Zealand Engineers, Middle East. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.144-145. AWMM
    • Veterans' club : the comradeship and memories of Auckland's 21st infantry battalion. Auckland War Memorial Museum : Auckland. Accompanies exhibition held in the Pictorial Gallery, second floor, Auckland War Memorial Museum, 24 March-21 May 2006. AWMM
    • 21 New Zealand Infantry Battalion Association Inc. Records, 1955 - 2005. Auckland War Memorial Museum. MS-2008-42. AWMM
The development of the Online Cenotaph is an ongoing process; updates, new images and records are added weekly. In some cases, records have yet to be confirmed by Museum staff, and there could be mistakes or omissions in the information provided.