Albert Fenton Drakes

lincolnshire regimental badgePrivate, 22759, 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, killed in action, 4th March 1917, aged 22

Born at Belton in 1894, Albert was  one of the 5 children of William Thomas and Elizabeth Drakes. His father was a peat worker and the family had moved from Belton to Sand Hall, Godknow Bridge sometime after 1911, although Albert appears to have left home by that time.

Like many other local young men Albert was a farm labourer and at somepoint he worked for a Mr Bletcher at Bullhassocks, Wroot. He had probably left there when he enlisted as late in 1915 he had married Ethel Sheldon at Doncaster. and the couple lived in Baranaby Dun with their only child.

Albert enlisted in the Lincolnshire Regiment in April 1916. In his listing in the Soldiers Who Died in the Great War he is given as having enlisted at Epworth although both the Epworth Bells and Crowle Advertiser say he enlisted in Crowle.

On the 4th March the 2nd Lincoln’s were part of the attack of 8th Division on the German trenches east of Bouchavesnes. The attack gained it’s objectives although not without casualties. In total the 2nd Lincoln’s lost 19 men killed 15 wounded and 14 missing. Among the dead was Albert Drakes. He is buried in the Fins New British Cemetery.

Not mentioned on Crowle War Memorial, Albert is commemorated on Belton War Memorial and on his parent’s grave in Belton Cemetery.