DRAKE Willie

Willie DRAKE



Willie was born in Queensbury in 1884 his parents were Abraham and Eliza and he had 3 brothers and 2 sisters.  In 1901 the family lived at 12 Derby Street Queensbury and they were still at this address in 1911, Willie was aged 27 and employed as a joiner, worsted mill.

He served in the 2nd/4th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) and was Killed in Action on the 3rd May 1917.  Willie is commemorated on the ARRAS MEMORIAL Bay 6.

At 03:45hrs on the 3rd May 1917 the 2nd/4th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s attacked the Hindenburg Line, from the railway embankment, North of Ecoust.  The first attack was not successful and later in the morning at 05:30hrs a second attack was launched, this attack was again forced back to the embankment at 06:15hrs having had very heavy casualties.

Total battalion casualties for the action were Officers killed 2, missing 2, wounded 4 and other ranks killed 7, missing 72, wounded 154.  The Battalion held the embankment with a strength of 2 Officers and 150 Other Ranks until the night of the 4th and 5th May when they were relived from the front line.

Serving in the same battalion and killed in action 03 May 1917: