Albert E. Drew
Private CH/17 (S)
1st R.M. Bn. R.N. Div., Royal Marine Light Infantry
Albert E. Drew died on Monday 5th June 1916 and was buried in BULLY-GRENAY COMMUNAL CEMETERY, FRENCH EXTENSION, Arras, France.
Private Drew was one of "Kitcheners Marines", who were transferred from the Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regt) to the RMLI.
"600 RMLI transfers came from 2 regiments - 200 from the Kings 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 PLY/200(S). This was also the case for the Sherwood Foresters, 200 of which 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(S) to CH/200(S)."
He was the son of Mrs. M. Seth, of 48 Prospect Street, East Kirkby, Notts.
Royal Naval Division 1914-1924
Albert Drew, Private CH/17/S, RMLI
1st Royal Marine Bn. Died of wounds 5/6/1916 in Advanced Dressing Station.
Service History: ex-Private Notts & Derby Regt. transferred to RMLI short-service 16/9/14 ; Chatham Bn. MEF 6/2/15-3/12/15 posted to 8th Corps Mining Company, rejoined 1st RM Bn. 7/1/16-5/6/16 DOW Buried: Bully-Grenay Communal Cemetery French Extension (FR 160)
Notes: CWGC = 6/6/16 ; ADM/159 altered from 6th to 5/6/16 ; 1st RM Bn. 'A' Company 5/6/16 ; 1st RM Bn. War Diary records 5/6/16:- 'A' Company CH/17/S Private A.E. Drew wounded by shell & died in Advanced Dressing Station." ; Son of Mrs Mary Seth, of 38 Prospect St., East Kirkby, Lincoln, Lincs.
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Details of "Kitcheners Marines" kindly supplied by Des Turner