Alfred George Drake VC

Alfred George Drake (10/12/1893 – 23/11/1915) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 23 November 1915, near La Brique, Belgium.

The Citation, recorded by the London Gazette of Supplement: 29447, Page: 946 reads:

“No. 8/107 Corporal Alfred Drake, 8th Battalion, The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort’s Own).

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.”

He lost his life in the action and was buried in La Brique Military Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium.

 © DRW 2017. Created 24/04/2017. Image courtesy of Mark Green. Gallaher cigarette card by Card Promotions © 2001, first issued 1916. 

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