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Job Henry Charles Drain (15th October 1895 - 26th July 1975)


  • Action for which the Victoria Cross was given: Le Cateau, France,     26 August 1914 (during the Great War, 1914-1918)

Job Drain lived at 42 Greatfields Road, Barking. He voluntered for the regular army in 1912, aged 17, as an alternative to unemployment. Drain served all four years of the First World War. He won his Victoria Cross at the Battle of Le Cateau, in France, on 26 August 1914, while holding the rank of Driver in the 37th (Howitzer) Battery, Royal Field Artillery.

Job joined a group of soldiers who volunteered to save two artillery guns from the advancing enemy lines. One of the carriages was shot down, but Job and two fellow soldiers brought one of the guns through, despite coming under heavy shell and rifle fire from the German infantry.

After the war Job had some difficulty getting back into civilian life. He worked as a messenger for government offices in Whitehall, then as a fish porter, a local bus driver and finally for the London Electricity Board. He passed away at his home in Barking, aged 79, on 26th July 1975, and was buried at Rippleside cemetery on 1st August 1975 (Grave R/S/U/158). His wife Patricia Cecilia Drain, who was born on 7th October 1899, was buried in the same grave, aged 81, on 13th March 1981. A son, Job Henry George Drain who died, aged 83, on 27th January 2005, was interred with his parents on 9th February 2005. A fine statue of Job Drain, dressed in army uniform, was erected outside the Broadway Theatre, Barking in November 2009.
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