Drake, James Edgar Paisley (No. 151617)

Drake, James Edgar Paisley (Edgar)  


No. 151617, 43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment)

Killed in action on Thursday 21 September 1916 (aged 23)


Courcelette British Cemetery, France (Grave VIII. B. 9)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM)

Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance

Comber and District War Memorial

Second Comber Presbyterian Church


James Edgar Paisley Drake was born in Mill Street, Comber on 2 May 1893 and he was a son of Samuel Bell Drake and Sarah Drake (nee Paisley) who were married on 13 October 1887 in First Bangor Presbyterian Church.  Samuel Drake from Newtownards was a son of Thomas Drake, a farmer.  Sarah Paislel from Newtownards was a daughter of Thomas Paisley, a contractor.

The Drake family lived in Castle Street, Comber and then in Mill Street, Comber.

Samuel Drake was a draper and he and Sarah had five children:

Thomas John (born 7 May 1889 in Castle Street, Comber)

Samuel Bell (born 20 March 1891 in Castle Street, Comber; died of diphtheria 25 May 1894)

James Edgar Paisley (born 2 May 1893 in Mill Street, Comber)

Robert (born 15 July 1895 in Mill Street, Comber)

Samuel David Edgar (born 12 July 1897 in Balloo)

James Edgar Paisley Drake worked as a draper before he moved to Canada around 1912.  Before he went to Canada he was an active member of the North Down Hockey Club.

James Edgar Drake enlisted in Brandon, Manitoba on 21 September 1915 and it was noted in his attestation papers that he had been working as a dry goods clerk.  He was 5 feet 8½ inches tall with a fair complexion, blue eyes and light brown hair.

Exactly one year later, on 21 September 1916, Private Edgar Drake (aged 23) was killed in action.  He was buried in Courcelette British Cemetery, France.

Private James Edgar Paisley Drake is commemorated on Comber and District War Memorial and in Second Comber Presbyterian Church.

His father Samuel died on 27 January 1923 (aged 72).