300380 Gunner Charles Dracup.

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13th Battalion, Tank Corps.

Awarded the Military Medal in the London Gazette of 17 June 1919.

Dracup was a native of Burnley, Lancashire.

The Military Medal was awarded for the action at Fresnoy, France on the 24 September 1918 the citation stating, "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near Fresnoy on September 24th, 1918. Private Dracup was the driver of a tank during an attack on the September 24th, 1918, and drove with exceptional skill during the early part of the operation. Later, when the tank received a direct hit from an anti-tank gun and was set on fire, he made repeated efforts to extinguish the flames, but without success. He then removed large quantities of ammunition from the blazing tank, which was under heavy enemy fire, and with his officer engaged the enemy with machine guns recovered from the tank. The courage and determination shown by Private Dracup under very trying circumstances had a great influence on the remainder of the crew".

Charles Dracup was born circa 1896, the son of Abraham Dracup of, 105, Hufling Lane, Burnley, Lancashire. After the war he was for 40 years employed in the Borough Treasurer's Department of Burnley Corporation. His brother 16542 Corporal Lister Dracup, 11th Battalion, Cameronian's (Scottish Rifles) was killed in action on the 19 November 1916 at Salonika.

His obituary appears in the Burnley Express of 16 January 1965, page 20.