Fireman Albert Edward Drake passed away on 31 May 1956 aged 45.
Albert lead a comparatively short but eventful life. Born at Newport in the spring of 1911 his arrival was just too late for the 1911 Census and little has been found to describe his early life and parentage.
When the 1939 Register was taken in September that year he was found living at Laura Cottage, Pallance Road, Cowes with his wife Vera. He earned a living as a coach painter but is known to have served in the Auxiliary Fire Service.
However the needs of the war compelled him to take service elsewhere and he opted for the Merchant Navy. His record of medal entitlement, accessible at the National Archives, gives evidence to the breadth of his service in this capacity (as shown in the image above).
After the war and for eight years before his death he returned to land based work for Messrs. Lallows in addition to serving as a special constable.
Albert passed away at St Mary's Hospital on 31 May 1956 for reasons unknown. His funeral at Northwood Cemetery on the following Monday was attended his wife and one son, other family and work colleagues from Lallows. The grave was adorned with 48 wreaths and special constables formed a guard of honour.
Rest in peace Fireman Drake.