CFHS code : AG186

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of GEORGE ROBERT DRAKE d Dec 14th 1917 aged 30 also of GEORGE ROBERT DRAKE d Jan 27th 1927 aged 78 also his wife ELEANOR JANE DRAKE d Sept 7th 1939 aged 91

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.20277737, 0.13659949 – click here for location

Drake monument


This headstone, in the parish area of St Andrew the Great, is located two rows east of the western path, opposite the monument to Robert Sayle.


In Loving Memory of GEORGE ROBERT DRAKE died Dec. 14th 1917 aged 30.

“Peace Perfect Peace”

Also of GEORGE ROBERT DRAKE died Jan. 27th 1927. Aged 78.

Also his wife ELEANOR JANE DRAKE died Sept. 7th 1939. Aged 91

George Robert Drake (1887 – 1917) 

George Robert Drake was born on 17 October 1887 to George Robert and Eleanor J. Drake. He moved to Willesdon between 1901 and 1911, where he worked as a commercial traveller in a silk drapers. On on 16 November 1915 he enlisted in the Middlesex Regiment under the Derby Scheme, whereby men attested their willingness to serve when needed. He then resumed civilian life until called up on 1 March 1916, but was discharged three months later on 1 June as unfit for war service. The doctor who examined him to recommend the discharge stated that ‘patient is quite unfit to perform the full duties of a soldier’, and gave the cause as rheumatic fever ten years ago, leading to heart trouble aggravated by war service. George appears to have then gone to stay with his parents, on Collier Road, until his death on 14 December 1917.

The newspaper report of his funeral follows;

Cambridge Daily News  21/12/1917
Death from Heart Failure After Discharge From Army.
The funeral of the late Mr. G. R. Drake, second son of Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Drake, of 1 Collier-road, late of Littleport and Ely, took place at Mill-road Cemetery on Monday last. Mr. Drake joined the colours in March, 1916, but owing to heart weakness he was invalided out in September and was obliged to return home, where he died on Dec. 14th. The body was enclosed in a plain English oak coffin, with brass fittings. The plate bore the following inscription: “George Robert Drake, born October 17th, 1887, died December 14th, 1917.” The service was conducted by the Rev. Jas. Morgan, vicar of St. Andrew’s-the-Great. The chief mourners were Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Drake (father and mother), Mr. J. Drake (brother), Mrs G. Ellis (sister), Mrs. Lane, Mrs. Evans, Miss Drake, Miss A. Drake (sisters), Mrs. J Drake (sister-in-law), Mr. G. R. Ellis, Ely (brother-in-law), Lieut. A. G. Evans and Mr J. E. Lane (brothers-in-law). There were many beautiful wreaths.
The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs. Robert Sayle and Co.

George Robert Drake (c 1849 – 1927) 

Eleanor Jane Drake (c 1849 – 1939)

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Eleanor Jane Drake; George Robert Drake