219025 Robert Michael DRAKE, 6 Grenadier Guards: 10/09/1943

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    219025, Lieutenant Robert Mitchael Drake, 6th Grenadier Guards, born 16/7/21, enlisted 20/2/41, kia 10/9/43
    Killed by an MG bullet to the head leading his platoon in an attack on the Tobacco factory on the Montecorvino to Battipaglia road
    Details from “Esprit De Corps"

    CWGC :: Casualty Details

    edit: "Esprit De Corps" by W.A.Elliott of the Scots Guards

    From the stevenageatwar.com website " Through the day and night No.3 Company fought it's way forward, eventually reaching a network of lanes north of Verdesca where a hail of bullets and hand-grenades brought the advance to an abrupt halt. At dawn the company again attempted to advance and became involved with a group of German tanks and infantry in half-tracks. It was at this point, whilst at the head of his platoon, that Robert Drake was killed outright."

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    Casualty Details | CWGC
    Service Number: 219025
    Regiment & Unit: Grenadier Guards, 6th Bn.
    Date of Death: Died 10 September 1943
    Age 22 years old
    Buried or commemorated at SALERNO WAR CEMETERY
    Grave Reference: II. C. 27.
    Location: Italy
    Additional Info: Son of Maj. Frederick V. Drake and Betty Pauline Drake, of Stevenage, Hertfordshire.
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