1884 Jun 1. Born Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
1891 census at Shepperd St, Stoke on Trent
1901 Mar 2. Attested to KRRC.
1901 census In the army in New Barracks, Alverstoke, Hants. He gave his age as 18, but it is him, a Private in Kings Royal Rifles. His ADRIC roll says he has SA Medal. Place of birth correct and father and brother on attestation are his.
1902 May 2. Posted to South Africa.
1902 Dec 13. Posted to India
1909 Feb 4. Posted back to UK
1909 Mar 1. Transferred to Reserve
1911 census at 175 Regent Road, Fenton, Stoke-On-Trent (same address as on MIC)
1913 Mar 1. Discharged at end of engagement with Reserve
1916 Jun 13. Landed in France
1919 Aug 20. The undermentioned to be actg. Capts.: — Temp. Lt. W. Drake, whilst empld. with Army Signal Service.
1919 Nov 19 The undermentioned relinquish their commns, on completion of service: — Temp. Lts., and are granted the rank of Capt.: W. Drake, M.C.
1920 Jan 30 MC Gazetted T./Lt. William Drake, 34th Divl. .Sig. Coy., R.E.
1920 Feb 3. Bar to MC gazetted. T./Lt. (A./Capt.) William Drake, M.C., Gen. List, attd. Sig. Serv., R.E.
1920 Oct 21. Joined ADRIC with service no 816. Posted to A Coy
1921 Jan 28. Posted to Depot
1921 Feb 28. Discharged Stevens Hospital
1921 Mar 1 to 21 Mar on Leave
1921 Mar 28 Posted to P Coy (cancelled)
1921 Apr 2. Posted to A Coy
1921 Jun 7. Promoted Section Leader
1921 Sep 26 to 9 Oct on Leave
1922 Jan 14 . Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC
1925 Feb 25. Reserve of Officers. Royal Corps of Signals. Maj. Lt. William Drake, M.C., late Gen. List, to be Lt., 25th Feb. 1925, with seniority 2nd Dec. 1919.
1939 Register. Appears to be living at The Annaye Pesn Lane , Barrow-upon-Soar R.D., Leicestershire, With wife Rosina. He is a Circuit Manager of Tavern ??.
1956 Died Leicester aged 72