Press, Volume XLIII, Issue 6541, 9 September 1886, Page 3
A well-known and esteemed resident of Richmond, Mr Valentine Blake, died at his residence on North Avon road last night, Mr Blake, who was a nephew of the late Sir Thomas Blake, of Menlough Castle, County Galway, enlisted in the Royal Horse Artillery at the age of sixteen, after which he served in the 17th Lancers, and then joined the 17th Regiment of Infantry (the Leicestershire Regiment). While in the Army he took part in the Crimean campaign, and was wounded. Retiring from the service with the rank of sergeant, he came to New Zealand, arriving here in November, 1857. He lived in the Richmond district for the past thirty-five years, and was greatly respected. Mr Blake leaves a widow, two daughters, and one son.
Press, Volume LVI, Issue 10508, 21 November 1899, Page 6