India General Service Medal 1895, bar Punjab Frontier 1897-98, China 1900, no bar, Delhi Durbar, unnamed, USA Military Order of the Dragon, with ‘Pagoda’ top suspension bar, missing reverse pin, on original silk ribbon.
Lieutenant Colonel Percy William Drake-Brockman, 5th Bengal Light Infantry, D.A.Q.M.G. in China & mentioned in despatches.
India General Service 1895, engraved: ‘Captn: P.W.D. Brockman. 5th Bl. Lt. Infy.”
China 1900, engraved: ‘Major P.W. Drake Brockman. 5th Bl. I.’
Order of the Dragon engraved on reverse: ‘Major P. Drake Brockman Dep. Ass’t Q.M. General No. 501.’
Born on 3rd November 1863, he was commissioned into the Royal Artillery on 25th July 1882, being appointed to a post with the Indian Army on 17th June 1884.
Mentioned in the Despatch of Lt General Sir Alfred Gaselee 6th July 1901: ‘I have the honour to bring to your Lordship’s notice the following Officers who have not been mentioned in my previous Despatches…. Captain P.W. Drake Brockman, 5th Bengal Infantry, Deputy-Assistant Quartermaster-General, Line of Communications.
At this time in China he was commanding the 4th Indian Cooly Corps.
Homeward Mail from China 14th July 1902, records him as passing his examination in the Chinese dialect of ‘Pekinese’.
Promoted from Second in Command to Commandant, 18th Infantry in June 1907.
His last posting was as an Adjutant General in India, present at the Delhi Durbar 1911, before vacating his command on 24th July 1912 to retirement.
The Historical Record of the Imperial Visit to India 1911 refers:
‘In rear of these again, lining the top of the ramparts, was a single rank of dismounted men of the 30th Lancers, whose pennons, gently fluttering in the morning air, formed a bright circlet round the whole assemblage, itself a mass of splendid colour. All these troops were under the command of Lieut-Colonel P.W. Drake-Brockman, of the 18th Infantry.’
He died in South Godstone, Surrey, aged 58 on 19th May 1921.