John BlakeBMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g5535 (Published 19 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5535
- Helena Blake, Rupert Courtenay-Evans
John Blake was born in York, the only son of an army family, but spent his early years in India. As a national serviceman, he was commissioned into the East Surrey Regiment and served in the Middle East in Ismailia, the Canal Zone, at a quite unstable time. However, John only ever admitted to guarding a piece of desert.
At school, John was academically talented, a sportsman, an artist, and fond of drama. A quote from an encyclopaedia of the time—“Napoleon was Captain of the Men of Death and Louis …