Frederick James Drew

Date of birth: 1898
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery
Battalion: 230th Siege Battery
Rank / Service No: 2nd Lieutenant
Died: 29th March 1918, aged 20 years
Buried: Roclincourt Military Cemetery, France (Plot IV, Row B, Grave 20)

 

Frederick was the younger of 2 boys born to Robert George and Marie Katherine Drew (nee Cunningham), who married in Walworth on 7 October 1891.

The family lived at 19 Denzil Avenue, St. Denys.

 

Robert worked at Ordnance Survey and was born in Southampton in 1862. He died in the city on 10 May 1931.

Marie was born in Paris in 1865, and she passed away in Southampton on 16 August 1939.

 

Robert Murdoch   b. 10 March 1893 Southampton   d. 1975 Southampton   Married Dorothea V. Adamson in Southampton in 1916.

 

Frederick attended King Edward VI Grammer school and Queen’s College, Oxford.

 

He would have enlisted in the Royal Garrison Artillery in mid 1916, after his 18th birthday. The battalion arrived in France on 18 January 1917.

It was attached to the 73rd Heavy Artillery Group from mid July until early September, before being assigned to the 28th H.A.G for 7 weeks through September and October.

 

From the end of October until January 1918, the battalion was under the orders of the 83rd H.G.A. There was then a major change in the make-up of Heavy Artillery groups, and the 230th Siege were assigned to the 83rd (Mixed) Brigade R.G.A from February 1918.

 

The cemetery was begun by the 51st (Highland) & 34th Divisions in April 1917, and contains many graves from 9 April, the first day of the Battle of Arras.

It continued in use, as a frontline cemetery, until October 1918.

After the Armistice, graves were brought in to Plot IV from the battlefield north of Roclincourt.

 

The cemetery contains 916 Commonwealth WW1 burials, and Frederick is buried next to two of his battalion colleagues.

 

Frederick’s headstone reads: “ In the words of his commanding officer, “Gallant, noble and true”.”

 

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 7th July 2016
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