Born in around 1923, Wake joined the Communist Party in 1951 after having been expelled from the Labour Party.
He was secretary of the Communist Party’s Barking branch and a member of South Essex district committee for many years.
He was a candidate for the Party at Dagenham, amongst other contests, for the 1966 general election.
A fitter for the Central Electricity Generating Board, Wake was also a shop steward and union activist, for a long time the secretary of the Liaison Committee for the Defence of Trade Unions.
Employed at Barking Power Station, he was an AEU Branch Secretary, Convenor and a member of the Editorial Committee of "Power Worker".
He was a candidate for municipal elections for the Communist Party several times.
In much later years, he was associated with the disputed leadership of Mike Hicks in the CPB.
Source: CPGB EC minutes – note dated 12.7.1965.