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Posted by on Apr 26, 2014 in Village History | 0 comments

Searching WW1 History

Can anyone help Tony Pringle with the following?


“Concerning 12850 Private Frederick DRAKE of 2nd Battalion Suffolk Regiment< ?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


Born in Chippenham, Cambs 4th March 1895 (Newmarket Q2-1895  3b:535) Baptised St Margaret’s Chippenham (Cambs) on 9th June 1895 Son of Elias and Jane DRAKE (nee POWIS)


Enlisted 31st August 1914, arrived in France 19th January 1915 Gassed Evacuated to UK and discharged “Phthysis” on 14th November 1915 and awarded silver war badge # 62403  at depot.


Died at home in Chippenham, Cambs  27th January 1917   witness and informant    E Drake (Father)


Occupation given as discharged Private, 2nd Suffolk Regiment (Farm Labourer)


Cause of death (gas poisoning at the front)

(1) Pulmonary Tuberculosis)

(2) Exhaustion


Buried in churchyard at St Margaret’s Chippenham, Cambs on February 1st 1917…the grave has so far not been found, but there is no monument within the graveyard, and plans within the church do not locate the grave. The area used at that time is largely without any markers. 


I am sure this is enough to have Fred put on the National Book of Remembrance etc even possible to get a headstone in the church yard with the added words, “Known to be buried in this cemetery”


I do know CWGC will want to try and trace any surviving relatives can we see if there are any around here still please?”


If you can help please contact Tony on 01638 663343

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