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William Henry Drake Timeline
29 September 1812: Born at Coimbra, Portugal, near Lisbon, where his father, DCG John Drake, was serving with the Duke of Wellington's Peninsula Army.
12 June 1816: Birth of sister, Caroline Drake, Bloomsbury, London, England.
30 April 1818: Birth of sister, Charlotte Augusta Drake, Bloomsbury, London, England.
17 January 1819: Birth of sister, Maria Harriet (Molly) Drake, England.
25 February 1828: Appointed to the Customs in Barbados, where his father, DCG John Drake, was also serving.
13 July 1831: Appointed Treasury Clerk in the Commissariat and posted to Western Australia.
12 August 1831: Left London from Gravesend to join the Egyptian for the Swan River Colony (Perth, Western Australia). 16 August 1831: Egyptian sailed from Deal. 28 December 1831: Arrived Perth.
23 September 1833: Married Louisa Purkis, Perth, Western Australia.
15 September 1834: Birth of son, John Drake, Perth, Western Australia.
18 October 1834: Elected Director of the Perth School.
November 1834: Accompanied Capt. Daniell, 21st Fusiliers, to protect settlers at the Murray River.
16 April 1835: Promoted to Deputy Assistant Commissary-General.
26 January 1836: Marriage of sister, Caroline Drake, to Dr. Bernard Manning Browne, Exmouth, Devon, England.
8 February 1836: Per Sally Ann, Capt. Howe, to Augusta and King George’s Sound.
24 February 1836: Per Sally Ann, arr. Perth from King George’s Sound, Augusta, and the Vasse.
18 July 1836: Birth of daughter, Louisa Maria Drake, Perth, Western Australia.
May 1837: Elected a member of the Agricultural Society.
2 September 1837: Posted to King George’s Sound.
27 September 1837: Per Government schooner Champion, Lieut. Bull, R.N., for King George’s Sound.
6 November 1837: Birth of nephew, Charles William Browne, son of Caroline Browne, Chudleigh, Devonshire, England.
10 March 1838: Birth of daughter, Charlotte Augusta Dring Drake, King George’s Sound, Western Australia.
22 May 1838: Marriage of brother, John Minshull Drake, to Caroline Grimes, Devon, England.
13 April 1839: Appointed Magistrate for Western Australia.
15 September 1839: Per Fox, Captain Davies, from King George’s Sound.
5 November 1839: Charge of the Commissariat Department and Colonial Treasury of Western Australia transferred to Drake from ACG John Lewis. [The Perth Gazette and Western Australian Journal (WA), Saturday 9 November 1839, p. 178.]
19 August 1840: Birth of nephew, Alfred Edwin Drake, son of John Minshull Drake, Delhi, Bengal, India.
1841: Birth of niece, Emily Charlotte Browne, daughter of Caroline Browne, Chudleigh, Devonshire, England.
4 May 1841: Suicide of former ACG John Lewis.
7 August 1841: Death of nephew, Alfred Edwin Drake, son of John Minshull Drake, Delhi, Bengal, India.
20 August 1841: Birth of niece, Alice Drake, daughter of John Minshull Drake, Delhi, Bengal, India.
21 August 1841: Appointed Justice of the Peace for Western Australia.
8 January 1842: Elected to the Perth Town Trust.
12 January 1843: Appointed by the Governor to the General Road Trust.
March 1843: Birth of niece, Maria Caroline Browne, daughter of Caroline Browne, Chudleigh, Devonshire, England.
21 April 1843: Birth of niece, Lucy Drake, daughter of John Minshull Drake, Barrackpore, Bengal, India.
1 June 1843: Birth of daughter, Laura Mary Drake, Perth, Western Australia.
16 June 1844: Birth of nephew, Reginald Drake, son of John Minshull Drake, Berhampore, Bengal, India.
1 October 1844: Marriage of sister, Maria Harriet (Molly) Drake, to Edward Marshall White, Jersey.
December 1844: Elected a Brother of Masonic Lodge No. 712, Perth.
4 January 1845: Per Champion, Lieut. Helpman, R.N., for Albany.
20 January 1845: Per Champion, Lieut. F. Helpman, R.N., from King George’s Sound.
28 February 1845: Birth of daughter, Emily Caroline Drake, Perth, Western Australia.
25 October 1845: Acted as a Steward at the York Race Meeting.
16 December 1845: Promoted to Assistant Commissary-General.
25 April 1846: Birth of nephew Dennys Drake, son of John Minshull Drake, Lucknow, West Bengal, India.
29 October 1846: Acted as a Steward at the York Race Meeting.
c. April 1847: Birth and death of nephew, Perry/Percy Drake, son of John Minshull Drake, Bengal, India.
June 1847: Acted as a Steward at the Perth Races.
29 July 1847: Son, John Drake (aged 13), departed per Champion, Lt. Helpman, R.N. for Angier Point, Singapore, and Glasgow, probably to attend school in Scotland. (As far as I am aware, he never lived with his family again.)
1 February 1848: ACG Darling replaced Drake in charge of the Commissariat in Western Australia.
March 1848: Acted as a Steward at the Perth Races.
March 1848: Transferred to Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania).
1 April 1848: Birth of stillborn son to brother, John Minshull Drake, Landour, Bengal, India.
4 April 1848: Death of sister-in-law, Caroline Drake, wife of John Minshull Drake, Landour, Bengal, India.
7 May 1848: Left Perth per Arpenteur, Croft, en route to South Australia (and Van Diemen's Land). 23 May 1848: Arr. Adelaide.
18 June 1848: Left Port Phillip (Melbourne) per Schooner Sisters, Capt. Gedge, bound for Hobart. 21 June 1848: Arrived in Hobart.
13 January 1850: Per Wellington, Crosby, for London, from Hobart.
21 March 1850: Marriage of brother, John Minshull Drake, to Margaret McLean Dring (née Todd), Lahore, West Bengal, India.
May 1850: Posted to St. Helena for temporary duty while en route to Nova Scotia. (Brig. Jackson has suggested that Drake went to St. Helena, but I have found no evidence of him doing so.)
5 July 1850: Attended a levee held by Queen Victoria at St. James’s Palace.
1 May 1851: Birth of niece, Emlyn Augusta Drake, daughter of John Minshull Drake, Lahore, West Bengal, India.
17 August 1853: Arr. Nova Scotia, per Fairy Queen.
28 October 1853: Death of daughter, Emily Caroline Drake, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.
29 March 1854: Left Boston per the Arabian.
20 May 1854: By train from S.W. Railway Station to Southampton. 21 May 1854: Orinoco, Capt. A. Wilson, dep. Southampton. 26 May 1854: Arr. Gibraltar. 27 May 1854: Dep. Gibraltar. 1 June 1854: Arr./dep. Malta. 4 June 1854: Arr. Piræus.
1 July 1854: Birth of niece, Caroline White, daughter of Maria Harriet (Molly) White, Bloomsbury, London, England. (William Henry Drake’s goddaughter.)
22 July 1854: Steamer Nil dep. Piræus. 25 July 1854: Arr. Constantinople.
25 July 1854: Joined the Army in the Crimea (General Orders).
29 July 1854: Steamer Tonning dep. Constantinople. 31 July 1854: Arr. Varna.
4 September 1854: Steamer Hope, Capt. Bowen, dep. Varna. 26 September 1854: Arr. Balaklava.
23 September 1854: Birth of niece, Edith Maria Drake, daughter of John Minshull Drake, Muan Meer, Bengal, India.
22 December 1854: Treasury minute, regarding the transfer of the Commissariat Department from Treasury to the War Department.
1 January 1855: Received accelerated promotion to Deputy Commissary-General.
30 March 1855: Gave evidence to the McNeill/Tulloch enquiry, relative to the supply of rations of food and forage for the men and horses of the British army in the Crimea.
2 May 1855: Put in charge of expedition to Kertch by CG Filder.
4 May 1855: Hope dep. Balaklava for Kertch. 5 May 1855: Expedition ordered to return to Balaklava. 6 May 1855: Arr. Balaklava.
18 May 1855: Louisa Drake and Louisa Maria Drake join Drake in Balaklava.
21 May 1855: Expedition reorganised for Kertch.
23 May 1855: Hope dep. Balaklava. 24 May 1855: Arr. Kertch.
13 June 1855: Left Kertch. 14 June 1855: Arr. Balaklava.
28 June 1855: Lord Raglan dies (according to Drake’s Journal.)
18 July 1855: CG William Filder’s Medical Board hearing.
26 July 1855: Filder leaves the Crimea, per Lion.
27 July 1855: General Order directing Drake to take charge of Commissariat in the Crimea, pending Sir George Maclean’s arrival.
1 August 1855: ACG Morse relieves Drake of charge of the depot at Balaklava, who takes charge of local Commissariat duties irrespective of the depot (General Orders).
27 July 1855: Takes charge of the Commissariat Department, until the arrival of CG Sir George Maclean from Constantinople (General Orders).
14 September 1855: Appointed member of the Mixed Commission, under General Adolphe Niel, on the distribution of booty and trophies.
23 October 1855: Oneida dep. Balaklava. 25 October 1855: Dep. Eupatoria. 26 October 1855: Arr. Balaklava.
5 December 1855: Steamer Cormorant, Capt. Byrne, dep. Balaklava. 8 December 1855: Arr. Sizopolis. 12 December 1855: Dep. Sizopolis. 13 December 1855: Arr. Baltzik. 15 December 1855: Dep. Baltzik. 17 December 1855: Arr. Balaklava.
4 February 1856: Nominated Companion of the Bath.
19 March 1856: Takes on duties in the Crimea of CG Sir George Maclean, on leave to England (General Orders).
27 April 1856: Assumes Commissariat charge of the Turkish Contingent (General Orders).
2 May 1856: Peninsula dep. Balaklava. 3 May 1856: Arr. Kertch.
19 June 1856: Lady Eglington, Capt. Dunn, dep. Kertch. 22 June 1856: Arr. Constantinople.
21 July 1856: French Steamer Alexandre dep. Constantinople. 29 July 1856: Arr. Marseilles.
2 August 1856: Order of the Legion of Honor (France).
8 August 1856: Steamer Queen of the French dep. Calais, arr. Dover.
11 August 1856: Order of St. Maurice and St. Lazarus (Sardinia).
16 October 1856: Attended Duke of Cambridge’s levee.
31 October 1856: Reported to CG George Adams for duty in London.
26 February 1857: Attended a levee held by Prince Albert, on his nomination to the Order of the Bath.
14 & 16 May 1857: Attended William Howard Russell’s lecture on the Crimean War.
13 August 1857: Marriage of son, John Drake, to Matilda Elizabeth Ormiston, Sydney, New South Wales.
23 September 1857: Marriage of daughter, Charlotte Augusta Dring Drake, to Charles Henry Marshall, London, England.
18 December 1857: Named for Gibraltar.
30 January 1858 Went, with Sir George Maclean, to Queen Victoria’s drawing room on the occasion of the wedding of Victoria, Princess Royal, and Prince Frederick William of Prussia.
2 March 1858: Order of the Medjidie, 4th Class (Turkey).
17 March 1858: Attended a levee held by Queen Victoria, with ACG Edward Barrington de Fonblanque.
24 March 1858: Ordered to Gibraltar.
5 April 1858: Received Orders to take charge at Gibraltar.
12 April 1858: Attended Duke of Cambridge’s levee.
24 April 1858: Posted to Gibraltar as Deputy Commissary-General
27 April 1858: Tagus, Capt. Weekes, dep. Southampton. 2 May 1858: Arr. Lisbon. 3 May 1858: Dep. Lisbon. 4 May 1858: Arr. Cadiz, Gibraltar.
5 May 1858: In General Orders to take Charge of Gibraltar office.
23 February 1859: Birth of granddaughter, Charlotte Louisa (Louie) Marshall, daughter of Charlotte Augusta Dring Marshall, Allora, Queensland.
8 March 1859: Birth of grandson, John Henry Marshall Drake, son of John Drake, Sydney, New South Wales.
21 June 1859: Promoted to Commissary-General and ordered to Cape of Good Hope.
25 July 1859: Transferred charge of Gibraltar station to DCG Frederick Stanley Carpenter.
31 July 1859: Dep. Gibraltar per Ripon. 6 August 1859: Arr. Southampton.
5 September 1859: Dep. Southampton, per Athens. 6 September 1859: Arr. Plymouth. 14 October 1859: Arr. Cape of Good Hope.
22 October 1859: Dep. Cape Town, per Waldensian. 25 October 1859: Arr. Port Elizabeth. 30 October 1859: Arr. Grahamstown.
1 November 1859: Assumed Charge of Cape Station.
13 September 1860: Birth of niece, Maria Augusta White, daughter of Maria Harriet (Molly) White, Brighton, Sussex, England.
14 November 1860: Birth of granddaughter, Amy Marshall, daughter of Charlotte Augusta Dring Marshall, St. John’s Wood, London, England.
11 January 1861: Birth of grandson, William Adams Drake, son of John Drake, Sydney, New South Wales.
7 July 1861: Death of brother, John Minshull Drake, Dinapore, Bengal, India.
9 April 1862: Birth of grandson, Thornton Marshall, son of Charlotte Augusta Dring Marshall, St. John’s Wood, London, England.
1 August 1862: Birth of granddaughter, Louisa Fanny (Lottie) Drake, daughter of John Drake, Sydney, New South Wales.
20 October 1862: Death of wife, Louisa Drake, Grahamstown, South Africa.
1 September 1863: Married Elizabeth Lucy Wood, Grahamstown, South Africa.
28 October 1863: To Port Elizabeth.
4 December 1863: Dane, Capt. Ladd, dep. Algoa Bay. 8 December 1863: Arr. Table Bay.
14 December 1863: Ordered to New Zealand.
24 December 1863: Dane, Capt. Baynton, dep. Table Bay. 28 December 1863: Arr. Algoa Bay. 29 December 1863: Arr. Grahamstown.
20 March 1864: Birth of grandson, Hawtrey Charles Marshall, son of Charlotte Augusta Dring Marshall, Henley, Oxfordshire, England.
1 January 1864: CG William James Tyrone Power promoted to Commissary-General-in-Chief, despite being Drake’s junior.
2 February 1864: To Port Elizabeth. 6 February 1864: Norman, Capt. Davie, dep. Port Elizabeth. 10 February 1864: Arr. Table Bay, Cape Town.
5 May 1864: Lady Bowen, Capt. H. Barnett, dep. Table Bay, Cape Town. 27 June 1864: Arr. Melbourne.
29 June 1864: Arrived in Sydney, per Lady Bowen, Henry Barnett, en route for Auckland.
17 July 1864: Steamer Prince Alfred, Capt. Ponsonby, dep. Sydney. 23 July 1864: Arr. Auckland.
10 August 1864: Birth of granddaughter, Laura Maud Drake, daughter of John Drake, Sydney, New South Wales.
22 August 1864: Ordered to return to U.K.
3 September 1864: Birth of Drake’s daughter, Ella Wood Drake, Auckland, New Zealand, the first child of his second family.
25 October 1864: Steamer Hero dep. Auckland. 2 Novemer 1864: Arr. Melbourne.
9 November 1864: Lincolnshire, Capt. H. H. Skinner, 1050 tons, dep. Melbourne. 30 January 1865: Arr. Gravesend, London.
1 February 1866: Reports his arrival to CG in Chief, William James Tyrone Power.
7 March 1865: Placed on Half Pay.
25 August 1865: Marriage of daughter, Laura Mary Drake, to Dr. James Good, London, England.
30 May 1866: Birth of grandson, Percy Ormiston Drake, son of John Drake, Sydney, New South Wales.
3 July 1866: Birth of son, Henry George Drake, Isle of Wight.
27 November 1866: Gave evidence before the Strathnairn committee, enquiring into the administration of the transport and supply departments of the Army.
9 April 1867: From Half Pay, posted to Dublin as Commissary-General in charge of Commissariat in Ireland.
29 May 1867: Birth of granddaughter, Ethel Louisa Good, daughter of Laura Mary Good, India.
24 June 1867: Death of father, John Drake, 27 Park Village East, Regent’s Park, London.
30 March 1868: Birth of grandson, Bertram Marshall, son of Charlotte Augusta Dring Marshall.
5 July 1868: Birth of granddaughter, Constance Zara Drake, daughter of John Drake, Sydney, New South Wales.
1 October 1868: Appointed Comptroller of Army Expenditure in Ireland, Army Control Department.
31 October 1868: Birth of daughter, Lucy Beatrice Drake, Dublin, Ireland.
27 March 1869: Birth of granddaughter, Laucy Maud Desborough Good, daughter of Laura Mary Good, Meerut, Bengal, India.
10 April 1869: Death of granddaughter, Constance Zara Drake, daughter of John Drake, Sydney, New South Wales.
11 October 1869: Posted to War Office in new appointment as Controller, Northern district, with relative rank of Major-General.
1 March 1870: Birth of grandson Alfred Robert Drake, son of John Drake, Sydney, New South Wales.
20 May 1871: Appointed Knight Commander of the Bath.
5 September 1871: Appointed Director of Supplies and Transport, to replace Sir William James Tyrone Power, K.C.B.
3 November 1871: Birth of son: William Henry Drake, London, England.
September 1873: Birth of grandson, Francis Stafford Good, son of Laura Mary Good, India.
18 October 1873: Marriage of daughter, Louisa Maria Drake, to William Henry Lathbury, Sydney, New South Wales.
10 August 1874: Death of son-in-law, Charles Henry Marshall, husband of Charlotte Augusta Dring Marshall, Lewisham, London, England.
29 November 1874: Birth of grandson, Charles Lathbury, son of Louisa Maria Lathbury, Sydney, New South Wales.
2 December 1874: Birth of grandson, Charles Henry Marshall, son of Charlotte Augusta Dring Marshall, Sydenham, Kent, England.
17 December 1874: Death of grandson, Charles Lathbury, son of Louisa Maria Lathbury, Sydney, New South Wales.
16 January 1876: Birth of daughter, Kate Alice (Kitty) Drake, Kensington, London, England.
13 February 1876: Death of mother, Maria Drake (née Story), 3 Park Village East, Regent’s Park, London, England.
6 May 1876: Birth of grandson, Charles James Lathbury, son of Louisa Maria Lathbury, Dunedin, New Zealand.
15 May 1876: Birth of granddaughter Charlotte Ada (Lottie) Drake, daughter of John Drake, Sydney, New South Wales.
16 May 1876: Death of daughter, Louisa Maria Lathbury, Dunedin, New Zealand.
5 November 1876: Death of grandson, Charles James Lathbury, son of late daughter, Louisa Maria Lathbury, Sydney, New South Wales.
12 August 1877: Birth of granddaughter, Kathleen Charlotte Wellesley Good, daughter of Laura Mary Good, India.
18 August 1877: Death of son, John Drake, Sydney, New South Wales.
December 1877: Retired.
14 February 1878: Death of daughter-in-law, Matilda Elizabeth Drake, wife of late son, John Drake, Sydney, New South Wales.
28 January 1882: Died at his residence at 10 Clanricarde Gardens, Bayswater, London.
 
 

10 Clanricarde Gardens

Megan Stevens outside 10 Clanricarde Gardens, Bayswater, London.
(Photo: Alun Stevens, 2005).



 
 
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