Personal info

  • Name: Alfred George DRAKE
  • D.O.B: 10th December, 1893
  • D.O.A: 23rd November, 1915
  • D.O.D: 23rd November, 1915
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Corporal, 8th Battalion The Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own)

Near La Brique, Belgium 23 November 1915

23 November 1915

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The First World War 1915 

On the night of 23 November 1915 a German Verey light revealed a British patrol at La Brique, just north of Ypres. The Germans immediately opened fire, wounding the officer, Lieutenant Tryon, and one of the men.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery on the night of 23rd November, 1915, near La Brique, France. He was one of a patrol of four which was reconnoitring towards the German lines. The patrol was discovered when close to the enemy, who opened heavy fire with rifles and a machine gun, wounding the Officer and one man. The latter was carried back by the last remaining man. Corporal Drake remained with his Officer and was last seen kneeling beside him and bandaging his wounds regardless of the enemy’s fire. Later, a rescue party crawling near the German lines found the Officer and Corporal, the former unconscious but alive and bandaged, Corporal Drake beside him dead and riddled with bullets. He had given his own life and saved his Officer. 

Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 21 January 1916. 22 January 1916, Numb. 29447, p. 946

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