1915: Cuckfield man goes down with the Lusitania


Sussex Agricultural Express - Friday 14 May 1915


LOST ON THE "LUSITANIA."—We regret to state that among those who went down on Friday on the "Lusitania" was Mr. Audley Drake, a son of Mr. and Mrs. B. Drake of Copyhold. Cuckfield. The deceased was 24 years of age, and was educated at Eton and King's College, Cambridge.

A year ago he went out to America, where he studied the manipulation of an important electrochemical process. He had obtained an important appointment with the United Alkali Company, of Liverpool, who are putting down a large plant for the working of the American process in England. Mr Drake was to have returned later, but he received a cable telling him come back at once.


Mr. and Mrs. Drake, who are very popular in and around Cuckfield, have been the recipients of much sympathy on their loss.


Inside Holy Trinity Church in an open wooden cupboard on the West end of the South Wall is a plaque which reads:- In memory of BERNARD AUDLEY DRAKE who died in the LUSITANIA May 7th 1915 given by his Mother & Brother