Charles Drage


My first area of search are the records of West Haddon church baptisms, burials and marriages.   Charles Edward does not appear in them.  My next port of call was census records.

The 1901 census shows Charles Edward, aged 2, born 18/7/1899,  living with his parents James Thomas Drage, aged 24, employed as a shepherd on a farm, living in a cottage in Main Street, Winwick, his mother Elizabeth (nee Wadsworth), aged 27, born in Harleston, and his brother, Ernest Sydney, aged 3.

The 1911 census shows Charles Edward living, aged 12, in Winwick with his parents and his older brother Ernest Sydney aged 13.

He entered military service on 20/10/1915 (he would have been only 16).   He joined the Northamptonshire Regiment, service number 18826 and was awarded the Star medal on 25/9/1917.   I could find no WW1 military record in his name.

I have no record of where he lived on his demobilisation.

In 1940 he married Winifred M Bollard in Wellingborough.

Charles Edward Drage died on 7/8/1944 while serving as a Private with the Oxford Bucks Light Infantry fighting in the Western Europe Theatre during WW2.   His service number was 5888602.

 Jim Blakey

10 November, 2016