Charles Hardinge Drage

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Commander (retired) Charles Hardinge Drage, (29 March, 1897 – ) served in the Royal Navy. His oral histories and extensive diaries are available at the Imperial War Museum.

Life & Career

As a Midshipman, Drage served aboard the battleship London at the Dardanelles, 1915-1916.

Drage was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1918.[1] He served aboard Cochrane in Russia in 1918.

Drage served aboard Cardiff, of the Third Light Cruiser Squadron in the Mediterranean and Black Sea from 1920 to 1923 and was awarded the Ryder Memorial Prize for 1922.[2]

He served aboard the sweeping sloop Bluebell in the Far East from 1923 to 1926.

Drage served as Staff Officer, Operations, East Indies Station in the Far East from 1929 to 1931.

He was in Valiant during 1931's Invergordon Mutiny.

He served as an intelligence agent with S.I.S. in the Far East from 1934 through 1941. During his time in China, he befriended Walter Stennes, a former high-ranking member of Hitler's S.A., or Brownshirts, who had been expelled from the party for friction he'd been causing.[3]

See Also



  1. The Navy List. (November, 1920). p. 33.
  2. "Ryder Prize Awarded." The Times (London, England), Monday, May 28, 1923; pg. 18; Issue 43352.
  3. Oral History at the Imperial War Museum, late in Reel 2.