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Person Details
East Kirkby Nottinghamshire
He was the son of Mary Seth (formerly Drew) and the brother of Elizabeth, Thomas, George, Maud and Alfred Drew. In 1911 they lived on Prospect Street East Kirkby.
He was a miner.
06 Jun 1916
32
29823 - CWGC Website
CH/17(S)
Private
1st Bn Royal Marine Light Infantry
Drew was one of 'Kitchener's Marines' who were transferred from the Sherwood Foresters to the RMLI. Des Turner notes '600 RMLI transfers came from 2 regiments - 200 from the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI) and 400 from the Sherwood Foresters. They were predominantly ex-miners and labourers, fit men wanted for their ability to dig trenches and tunnels. The 200 KOYLI recruits were transferred to Plymouth Division RMLI and were given service numbers PLY/1(S) to PLY200(S). This was also the case for the Sherwood Foresters 200 who were dispatched to Portsmouth where already 30 men were recruited and so they became PO/31(S) to PO/230(S). 200 remaining Foresters went to Chatham and were numbered CH/1 to CH/200(S).'
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