Friday, January 27, 2017
“Their Fame Will Increase With The Years:” Jimmy Drake & Vivian Slaughter – Virginians in the London Regiment, B.E.F.
Drake fought for life as best he could, but his weakened body finally gave out on September 23, 1918.
When word reached Richmond of his death, an old friend eulogized:
It was in accordance with his character and career that he left home and safety and ease and friends and crossed the sea to offer his life for the allies, when their prospects were darkest and there were no signs of help for them from his own government. That was “Jimmy” Drake exactly. What he believed to be right he was ready to die for and sacrifice himself for, and without stopping to measure odds or ask terms…No death could be sweeter than his was, or could have been more desired by him—death from the dedication of his manhood, his courage and his all for the good cause of the stricken and wronged against the strong, and the news of victory ringing in his heart with his last throbs.
Drake was 37 years old when he died.
In my next post I will relate the story of Drake’s friend and fellow warrior, Vivian Slaughter.