Sydney Drage


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

The 1901 census shows Ernest Sydney, aged 3, born26/4/1897,  living with his parents James Thomas Drage, aged 24, employed as a shepherd on a farm, living in Main Street, Winwick and his mother Elizabeth (nee Wadsworth), aged 27, born in Harleston.

The 1911 census shows Ernest Sydney still living with his parents in Winwick, aged 13 and working as a “Boy in nursery – gardening”.  By then  a brother, Charles Edward qv had been born.  He was aged 12 at the time of the census..

The only trace I could find of military service was that he served from 1914 – 1920, his regiment being the Queen’s Corps, his service number G82611 and that he was awarded the British Victory Medal.

On 29/5/1927 he married Edith Emile Agg (born 1897 – died 1997) at Great Rissington Church, Gloucestershire.   I did not find any trace of children of the marriage.

His father John Thomas died in 1940 while living at Winwick Lodge.

Ernest Sydney Drage’s death was recorded in February 1989 in North Cotswolds aged 91.

Probate was granted in Bourton-on-the-Water on 4/4/1989.   The record shows:”DRAGE, Ernest Sydney of Salmondsbury House, Bourton-on-the-Water died 26/2/19889.   Probate Oxford 4/4 not exceeding £70,000.”

Jim Blakey,

10th November, 2016