Notes on hunting in India and Rhodesia by Colonel William Frederick Blake

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Typescript accounts by Colonel William Frederick Blaker relating to his travels and experiences in India and Rhodesia [Zimbabwe]. Largely relate to hunting expeditions.

Administrative / Biographical History

Col. William Frederick Blaker was born with the surname Reichwald on 9 April 1877 (Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear, England). He married Helen Elizabeth Blaker in 1911 and in 1915 changed his name by deed poll to Blaker. He received his first commission in the Royal Artillery, 1898; Capt., 1905; Maj., 1914; Lt.-Col., 1918, Col., 1922; served in various Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery batteries in India, South Africa, and at home, until appointed Assistant Military Secretary to the Commander-in-Chief in India, 1914; during European War served on the Staff of the Indian Cavalry Corps in France, and for three years on the General Head-quarters Staff of the Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force (despatches 3 times, DSO, OBE, Knight Legion of Honour); General Staff, War Office, 1919–23; British Military Attaché at Rome, 1923–27; General Staff Officer, 1st grade North China Command, 1927–29; retired pay, 1929. He died on 20 August 1933 in West Sussex, England. [Source: http://www.findagrave.com/]

Conditions Governing Access

Open

Acquisition Information

Donated to SOAS Library in September 2016.

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