Edmund Drake-Brockman

Edmund Drake-Brockman
Senator for Western Australia
In office
1 July 1920  30 June 1926
Personal details
Born (1884-02-21)21 February 1884
Busselton, Western Australia
Died 1 June 1949(1949-06-01) (aged 65)
Tarnook, Victoria
Political party Nationalist Party of Australia
Occupation Soldier and judge
Military service
Allegiance  Australia
Service/branch Australian Army
Years of service 1903–1942
Rank Major General
Commands 3rd Division
4th Brigade
12th Training Battalion
4th Training Battalion
16th Battalion

First World War

Second World War
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches (6)
Order of Prince Danilo I (Montenegro)

Major General Edmund Alfred Drake-Brockman CB, CMG, DSO (21 February 1884 – 1 June 1949) was a distinguished Australian soldier, statesman, and judge who served in both World War I and II.

Early life

Born in Busselton, Western Australia, Drake-Brockman was the son of surveyor Frederick Slade Drake-Brockman and heroine Grace Vernon Bussell and brother of Deborah Vernon Hackett. He was a 1902 graduate of the Guildford Grammar School. Interested in the military, he joined the Citizens Military Forces as a volunteer in 1903. He combined this with a career in law, becoming a barrister and solicitor in 1909, practicing in Perth.

First World War

Following the outbreak of the First World War, he volunteered for overseas service and served in the Gallipoli Campaign as a major while assigned to the 11th Battalion. He was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) for his services at Gallipoli.[1] 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.[2]

Later life

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.

Still in the Citizen Military Services, he was called up for duty during the Second World War, and commanded the 3rd Division, a militia formation, until 1942.[2] 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.[3]


  1. Gill 2004, p. 126.
  2. 1 2 Gill 2004, p. 127.
  3. Gill 2004, pp. 126–127.
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