Drake, Frederic Augustus


He was the son of Augustus Fitt Drake (COM., 1864) and Agnes, nee Andrews, of Lewes and came to Winchester from Horris Hill. On leaving school he took up Law, was articled to his father and ultimately became a partner in the firm of Messrs. Williams and James, of Norfolk House, Strand, London.

He received a commission in June 1915 in the Warwickshire Yeomanry, and in December of the following year was sent to join his battalion in Egypt. He took part in the Palestine operations of March and November 1917, being slightly wounded at the Battle of Gaza but recovering in time to be present during the regiment’s charge at Huj on 8th November, and at the capture of Jerusalem.

The charge at Huj was the last unsupported cavalry charge of the First World War, and one of the twelve field guns captured in the action is still on display at the Warwickshire Yeomanry Museum.    Drake’s Commanding Officer wrote shortly after that Drake had proved to be an admirable adjutant to the unit, saying “He did exceptionally good work throughout the operations  from Beersheba to the end of December 1917, especially in the actions at Ras-el-Nagb, Berkusie and Huj, where his services were invaluable to me.   His duties were carried out under very difficult circumstances, and mostly under fire”.

In May 1918 the battalion was ordered to the western front. On the night of May 26th, just after midnight, the troopship on which they were travelling was torpedoed off Alexandria. Of the 2,900 troops on board only 83 officers and men died, together with 9 of the crew, but this number included Captain Drake.

He married in 1914 Miss Isabel Adderley and left a daughter.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Drake
  • Forenames or initials: Frederic Augustus
  • House: I
  • Years in School: 1897-1901
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Warwickshire Yeomanry
  • Date of Birth: 21st March 1883
  • Date of Death: 26th May 1918
  • How Died: Killed on active service
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer A6
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Lost at sea but commemorated on the CHATBY MEMORIAL, ALEXANDRIA