Ina Francis DRAKE


Ina was aged 26 when he enlisted on 30 June 1916, he was a carpenter and joiner by trade and expressed a preference to join the Royal Engineers, he did not get his preference and instead joined the Durham Light Infantry.  On 10th November 1916, having undergone training at South Shields he received his posting to France arriving there on 14th November where upon he joined the 1st/6th Battalion in the field on 6th December 1916.

He was killed in action on 14th April 1917, his battalion having attacked on the morning of the 14th April near to Wancourt Tower, East of Arras, they suffered heavy casualties with losses of over 50% of their fighting strength.

Ina’s parents were Walter and Sarah he was one of seven children and in 1911 the family lived at 13 Sandbeds, Queensbury.  On 8th February 1913 Ina married Ida Shepherd, their only child was born on 11th March 1913, they were living at 11 Great Street when Ina enlisted, in 1917 Ida was living at Wellington Street.

Ina Francis Drake (aged 27) has no known grave and is commemorated on the ARRAS MEMORIAL (Bay 8).