Walter Charles Drake


Feb 10, 1893

Born in London, England to Walter Charles and Alice Maud Helen (nee Harvey) Drake


Oct 30, 1912

Embarked the SS Royal George in Avonmouth, England


Nov 7, 1912

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Apr 13, 1915

Attested into the CASC (Canadian Army Service Corps) No. 10 Depot, Unit of Supply in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 510137

Ø      Next of kin given as Alice Drake, mother, 8 George St., Kingston, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Fitter

Ø      Previous military experience given as CASC

Ø      His religion was not stated


Sep 27, 1915

Transferred to the CASC #2 Training Depot in Toronto, Ontario


Oct 16, 1915

Embarked the SS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


Oct 25, 1915

Disembarked in Plymouth, England


Dec 22, 1915

Granted 7 days leave to London


Jan 4, 1916

Transferred to the Sub Staff of D of S&T (Director of Supply and Transport) at Sandgate


Feb 28, 1916

Transferred to the CASC Training Depot in Shorncliffe


Mar 2, 1916

Transferred to the 3rd Field Butchery at Shorncliffe


Mar 8, 1916

The 3rd Field Butchery transferred to France


Mar 9, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France


Sep 12, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Sep 22, 1917

Rejoined unit from leave


Sep 24, 1917

Admitted to the No. 7 Convalescent Depot in Boulogne with a diagnosis that reads VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Sep 25, 1917

Transferred to the No. 39 General Hospital in Havre


Jan 2, 1918

Discharged to the CASC Pool in Havre


Jan 11, 1918

Joined the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart, France


Apr 7, 1918

Joined the CGBD (Canadian Garrison Base Depot) in Etaples and TOS (Taken On Strength) the No. 6 Canadian Depot Unit of Supply


Jun 25, 1918

Private Drake requested a transfer to the 21st Battalion which was approved by both the CASC and Lieut Col EW Jones of the 21st Battalion


Jun 26, 1918

TOS the 21st Battalion


Jun 28, 1918

Joined the CCRC in Aubin St. Vaast with a note that he is to be retained there for infantry training


Aug 27, 1918

Private Drake was killed during the 21st Battalion’s advance on the Sensee River near Vis-en-Artois, and buried in the Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery, south-east of Arras

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Alice MH Drake, 8 George St., Kingston, Ontario



Private Walter Charles Drake is honoured on the Memorial Wall in Kingston, Ontario

He is also honoured on the WW1 Plaque in Kingston's City Hall


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