Wilfred Theodore Blake (1894-1968) was a pioneer aviator, travel writer and traveller. He served with the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry then in the RAF, rising to the rank of Major. He married Agnes Ruby Lyall Wilson in 1927 in London.
Blake led the first attempt to fly around the world in 1922. The pilot for this mission was Norman Macmillan, with Blake as co-pilot and navigator, and Geoffrey Malins as photographer. However the attempt had to be abandoned after the second stage of the flight when they made a forced water landing in the Bay of Bengal. Blake himself missed this as he had been left behind in Calcutta, hospitalised with a burst appendix.
In 1951 Blake and his wife Ruby drove his Standard Vanguard motor car on a record journey around South America from La Paz to Rio de Janeiro. In 1959 they drove around the Central African Federation, again in a Standard Vanguard.
Blake became a travel writer and wrote a number of books. In later life, he lived for a while in St Columb, Cornwall, then bought a large plot of land in Mijas, Spain on which he built a villa. He is buried in the RAF section of the military cemetery in Gibraltar, and his wife Ruby's ashes are buried with him.