Raymond Drew

Sergeant Raymond Drew

Raymond DrewRaymond DrewRaymond, son of the late Frederic Drew, assistant master of Eton College, and of Mrs. Drew, was born in 1883, came to the Dragon as day boy in 1893, and left in 1897. Besides prizes for French and for Diary, he won Mr. Meade Falkner’s prize for Latin Prose in 1897, and was elected the same year to the second Classical Scholarship at Rossall. There he was in Upper VI and a school monitor. He went to Pembroke College, Oxford, in 1900, and rowed three years in the College VIII.

At the start of the war he was in a teak firm, the Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation, but came back and joined the Royal Fusiliers, 22nd (Kensington) Battalion in 1914 as a private, but soon became a sergeant. He was killed in action on the Vimy Ridge on the night of the 23rd May 1916.

Lieutenant-Colonel Barker, O.C. Royal Fusiliers, writes:

‘He was a most gallant fellow and liked by everyone. His company captured the German trenches, and I cannot speak highly enough of his coolness and gallantry.’

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