|Service Number||SN / Major (AIF 28.8.1914.)|
|Place of Enlistment||Perth, WA|
|Place of Birth||Guildford, WA|
|Previous Military Experience||Served with the 11th Australian Infantry Reserves (AII and 88th Infantry Perth 1903-1908. He was Aide de Camp to the Governor of WA 1911-1913. Drake Brockman was promoted to rank of Major 28.8.1911 and attached for instruction with the Imperial Army|
|Religion||Church of England|
|School Attended||Guildford Grammar School|
|Address History||Wife - Constance Drake Brockman, Ellesmere Road, Mt Lawley, WA. Mother - Grace Drake Brockman, 11 Turton Street, Market Street, Guildford, WA|
Embarked Fremantle per HMAT ‘Ulysses’ A38 for Egypt 1.4.1916.
Roll Rank Appointed Major.
Roll Unit 11th Infantry B
Drake-Brockman disembarked in Egypt. He entrained for Alexandria and joined the MEF. Drake–Brockman embarked per HMAT ’Suffolk’ for the Gallipoli Peninsula 2.3.1915. He was wounded in action 16.7.1915 with a GSW to his back, thigh and left lung. He was invalided per HS ‘Sicilia’ to Malta 28.7.1915. Drake-Brockman was transferred to HS ‘Somali’ for transport to England 20.8.1915 and was admitted to St. Andrew’s Hospital, England. Drake Brockman was awarded a CGG for his work at Gallipoli. He was listed for return to Australia as an invalid and embarked at Plymouth per HT ‘Suevic’ 8.10.1915. He disembarked at Fremantle for a ‘change.
Drake-Brockman re embarked at Fremantle per ‘Ulysses’ 1.4.1916 for Egypt. He disembarked at Alexandria 25.4.1916. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 11.5.1916 and took command of the 16th Bn. 16.5.1916 .The Drake-Brockman and the 16th Bn. were taken on strength and embarked at Alexandria for France. They disembarked at Marseilles 9.6.1916. He was posted to 12th Training Bn. 7.11.1917. The 16th Bn. suffered heavy losses in the battles at Mouquet Farm Pozieres and Bullecourt. Drake Brockman returned to England in August 1918 and took command of the 4th Training Bn 14.10.1918. In October he was promoted to Colonel and Temp. Brigadier- General 5.10.1918.
Drake-Brockman was highly decorated for military service, being mentioned in 6 Dispatches He was awarded the Montenegrin Order of Davilo (4th Class). 13.7.1916, a Distinguished Service Order (DSO) on 1.1.1918. Drake-Brockman was promoted to Major Brevet -Lieut. Colonel for special meritorious services during the War on 3.6.1918. As Brigadier General, he was appointed Commander of the 4th Infantry Bde. 5.10.1918 and made a Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB)
Embarked for Australia per ‘Konig August’
Returned/Disembarked to Australia per ‘Konig Frederich August’ 1.7.1919.
Discharged/ Appointment terminated 11.12.1919.
Final Rank Commander 4th Infantry
Awards and Medals 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal .
Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG), Montenegrin Order of Davilo, the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB)
Mentioned in 6 Dispatches for;
‘ Consistently good work as C.O. in 16th Bn. during the past 6 months.’
(NAA: B884, 47245)
Notes The family lived at 115 James (Mangles St. up to 1898 and moved to Turton St 1899- 1910)
Photo Western Mail 19.11.1915
Drake- Brockman's mother resided at 14 and 34 Market St. Guildford WA.
Western Mail 19.11.1915
Guildford Grammar School Honour Roll
Guildford War Memorial
NAA: B884, 47245
AWM Embarkation Roll- Edmund Alfred Drake- Brockman
AWM Honours and Awards – Edmund Alfred Drake- Brockman
Sharp. I. G., Drake- Brockman E.A. in Australian Dictionary of Biography
Wise, H. and Co. Western Australian Post Office Directories
Ellesmere Rd, Mt. Lawley. (wife)
143 James St. Guildford WA.
11 Turton St. Guildford, WA.
14 and 34 Market St. Guildford. WA.