CB, CMG, DSO
|Senator for Western Australia|
1 July 1920 – 30 June 1926
|Born||21 February 1884|
Busselton, Western Australia
|Died||1 June 1949(aged 65)|
|Political party||Nationalist Party of Australia|
Major General Edmund Alfred Drake-Brockman CB, CMG, DSO (21 February 1884 - 1 June 1949), was born in Busselton, Western Australia. He was the son of surveyor Frederick Slade Drake-Brockman and heroine Grace Vernon Bussell and brother of Deborah Vernon Hackett. A 1902 graduate of the Guildford Grammar School, he was a distinguished Australian soldier, statesman, and judge who served in both World War I and II. He joined the Army as a volunteer in 1903 and combined this with a career as a barrister and solicitor. Following the outbreak of World War I, he volunteered for overseas service and was made a Companion of St Michael and St George (CMG) for his services as a major at Gallipoli during 1915 while assigned to the 11th Battalion. Later in the war, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel and commanded another Western Australian infantry battalion, the 16th, serving on the Western Front. In 1918, he was promoted to brigadier general and commanded the 4th Brigade.
After the war he was elected to the Australian Senate in 1919 as a Nationalist Party of Australia representative, Drake-Brockman served in the Senate until 1926. He then worked as federal judge. During World War II, he commanded the 3rd Division until 1942. He died on 1 June 1949, and was survived the three children he had by his wife, Constance, whom he had married in April 1912.
References[edit | edit source]
- Gill, Ian (2004). Fremantle to France: 11th Battalion A.I.F. 1914–1919 (2nd ed.). Myaree, Western Australia: Advance Press. ISBN 0-9750588-0-0.
- Mallett, Ross, Major General Edmund Drake-Brockman, General Officers of the First AIF, adfa.edu.au
- Sharp, Ian G. (1981) 'Drake-Brockman, Edmund Alfred (1884–1949)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 8, (MUP)
- Obituary, Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University
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