Alice Drakoules

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Alice Drakoules
Alice Marie Lambe

c. 1850
Died15 January, 1933
NationalityUnited Kingdom
Known forAnimal rights advocacy
Spouse(s)William Lewis (d. 1907)
Platon Drakoulis (2nd marriage)

Alice Marie Lewis Drakoules (née Lambe; c. 1850 – 15 January 1933) was a British humanitarian, vegetarian and campaigner for animal rights.


Drakoules was born in Brussels to British parents in about 1850. She married William Lewis who was the managing director of the Union Assurance Company. In 1887 she founded a Band of Mercy in Weybridge. In 1891 the Humanitarian League was founded by Henry Stephens Salt with her support. The first meeting at her house established her as the treasurer. She was not a great talker or writer but she was an unfailing organiser.[1]

The Animal Defence and Anti-Vivisection Society was formed in 1906 and its executive council included Drakoules. She was a keen supporter of the society, helping it campaign for licensed slaughterhouses, humane slaughter and for an ended to performing animals.[1] Her husband died in 1907 leaving her with an adopted son. Her second husband, Platon Eustathios Drakoules (or Drakoulis), was a Greek socialist, ex-member of the Greek Parliament. They shared a common interest in humanitarianism.[1] The Humanitarian League ended in 1919 but out of its end was reformed with her support what was to become the League Against Cruel Sports.

Drakoules died in the area known as Regent's Park in 1933. Her friends arranged for a monument to be constructed in St John's Wood churchyard which includes a wide range of sculpted animals.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Kean, Hilda. (2004-09-23). "Drakoules [née Lambe; other married name Lewis], Alice Marie (c. 1850–1933), humanitarian and campaigner for animal welfare". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 30 Dec. 2017, see link
  2. ^ Kean, Hilda (March 2011). "Traces and Representations: Animal Pasts in London's Present" (PDF). The London Journal. 36 (1): 54–71. Retrieved 11 August 2014.