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Born: 14th July 1885, Norwich, Norfolk.

Died: 26th April 1916; age 30; KiA – by a German shell – hitting his left lung & heart -while asleep in his dugout.

Rank: 2nd Lieutenant; Service Number: 33565

Regiment: Royal Horse Artillery, ‘Y’ Battery.

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Grave Reference:

Special Memorial North of Row Q, Plot 1.

Mailly Wood Cemetery,

Mailly Mallett,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Thomas Drake, of Norwich; husband of Sophia Kate Drake, of 21, Bantoft Terrace, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich.




1891   13, Old Yard, Coslany, Norwich, Norfolk.


Walter was 5 years old and living with his parents & brothers.

Thomas Robert Drake, 27, a Higgler, born Norwich, Norfolk.

Emma Ann Drake (nee Asby), 30, born Norwich.

George Drake, 8, born Norwich.

Herbert Drake, 4, born Norwich.

William Drake, 1, born Norwich.


1901   11, Dunns Yard, Norwich, Norfolk.


Walter was 16 years old, a Groom. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Thomas, 38, a General Dealer & Greengrocer – own account.

Emma, 40.

Herbert, 14.

William, 12.

Arthur Drake, 9, born Norwich.

Emma Drake, 5, born Norwich.

Clement Drake, 4, born Norwich.

Osbourne Albert Drake, 1, born Norwich.


1911   Royal Artillery Barracks, Trowbridge, Wiltshire.

Walter was 25 years old, a Soldier ranked Corporal in the Royal Horse Artillery.


On the 2nd August 1911, Nackington, Kent, Walter married Sophia Kate Aldous, born 1885, Ipswich. They had 1 son:

Eric Walter Thomas Drake, born 11th September 1913 – died 28th October 1945, a Captain, Royal Artillery.


Walter’s medals were sent to his widow, Mrs Sophia Drake, 21, Bantoft Terrace, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich.


Walter’s brother, Osbourne Albert Drake died of wounds, 3rd September 1918, France. A Rifleman, Rifle Brigade.




Royal Horse Artillery, ‘Y’ Battery

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