Pte Robert William Drewry 15/288
Born Knottingley, West yorks. 1898.
Killed in action 1/7/1916
Pte George Drewry 15/287
Born Knottingley, West yorks. 1894
Killed in action 10/6/1916
George and Robert William Drewry were two of six children born to Tom Drewry a widower and his late wife Sarah ann. of 48 Hyde Park road Leeds, both sons were also working for him in his picture framing and artists supplies business, at the outbreak of war both brothers enlisted, both joining the Pals on September the 3rd 1914.
Robert aged 16 became a bugler with number 9 platoon of C Company, His brother George served alongside him in the same platoon. As was the custom at the time they were given consecutive army numbers and allowed to serve together.
They served together in Colsterdale Egypt and France.
On June 10th 1916 the Pals front line trenches were heavily shelled and bombed, in retaliation for a stokes mortar bombardment made by their own gunners.
Diary of 15/231 George Cosby 10th of June 1916:
Our front line is heavily shelled, very heavy bombardment by both sides, narrow escapes, crawled back after ‘Straffe’ and manned the parapet, Drewry and Pickup killed, Frieder, Wood, Nichol, Tomalin, and Tinsdale wounded.
A few weeks later on the 1st of July, C company were the first out of the front line trenches, Robert William Drewery was listed as missing, His Father was later notified that he had been killed in action later that day.
Robert William Drewry as no known grave so is commemorated on the Theipval Memorial , France.
George Drewry is buried in Sucrerie Military Cemetery France.
Another brother John served with the Royal Defence corps and survived the war.
Frieder, Wood, Nichol, Tomalin, and Tinsdale, all survived their wounds and the war.
See Also Frieder Brothers.