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(From the memoirs of Horace Drake)

Curated by his son James JP Drake (

"Men like my father cannot die. They are with me still, real in memory as they were in flesh, loving and beloved forever.” - Narrator, How Green was My Valley


I would like to express my warmest thanks to the following people, without whose enormous efforts this volume could never have been produced:


Daniela Manzotti for her painstaking conversion of my handwritten papers into electronic format.


Philip Chapman (who coincidentally was born in the same Plymouth hospital – ‘Freedom Fields’ as my son Alun) for the work involved in producing the book in the format you see now.


Kat Berry for work in producing the updated 2015 version of the book.


Jenny Drake for the hours she spent lovingly creating the illustrations that brought the stories to life (

Alun Drake (Horace's son) who kindly provided the audio recordings of Horace speaking.

Peter Olima for developing this website.


and those other family members whose recollections have enlivened those “moments in time” which have faded from my own memory.



© Horace Drake 2015. All rights reserved.


ISBN: 978-1-907817-14-4


This book is distributed subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, sold, hired out, or otherwise circulated without the publisher’s prior consent in any form.


Published by James Drake

Dedicated to the memory of my beloved wife

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