Drew, Thomas “Tootsie” (3803)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 24 years 2 months

Enlistment Details: Tuesday, 13 July 1915 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 3803            view online service record

Address:
220 Nott Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
Mrs W Drew (mother)
220 Nott Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Tuesday, 8 February 1916
Ship: HMAT Warilda A69
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 21st Infantry Battalion – 9th Reinforcements

Fate:
KIA: Saturday, 26 August 1916
Place: France


Private, 21 Infantry, killed in action 26 August, 1916, France, aged 26, commemorated Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.

Parents: James William and Mrs Mary Elizabeth DREW, born Port Melbourne, educated Nott Street SS, Port Melbourne, family then listed as “off Dow Street”. Enlisted with mother at 220 Nott Street, circular by a brother returned from same address. Posted Missing on 26 August, 1916, declared killed in action on that date by a Court of Inquiry, July, 1917. A Death Notice, Port Melbourne Standard, 4 August, 1917 suggests he was known as “Tootsie” and had two sisters and three brothers.

Additional research by Brian Membrey


1915 ‘SEND-OFF TO SOLDIERS.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 18 December, p. 1, viewed 30 November, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article91165362

1917 ‘Family Notices’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 4 August, p. 2. , viewed 04 Aug 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88367989

1917 ‘ITEMS OF NEWS.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 18 August, p. 2. , viewed 04 Aug 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88368085

1917 ‘LATE PRIVATE DREW.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 25 August, p. 3. , viewed 04 Aug 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88369897

1917 ‘PTE. THOMAS DREW.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 8 December, p. 4. , viewed 30 Nov 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88366956

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