George Drewry

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George Drewry
George Drewry and Wilfred Malleson.jpg
Drewry (left) with fellow midshipmen Wilfred St. Aubyn Malleson and Greg Russell on Imbros. Photo by Ernest Brooks.
Born3 November 1894
Forest Gate, Essex, England
Died2 August 1918 (aged 23)
Scapa Flow, Orkney, Scotland
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
UnitSS River Clyde
Battles/warsWorld War I
AwardsVictoria Cross

George Leslie Drewry VC (3 November 1894 – 2 August 1918) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Drewry was born on 3 November 1894 to Thomas and Mary Drewry.[1] As a 20-year-old, and a midshipman in the Royal Naval Reserve during the First World War, he was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 25 April 1915 at V Beach in the Landing at Cape Helles, during the Gallipoli campaign.[2]

He later achieved the rank of lieutenant and was killed in an accident at Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands, on 2 August 1918.[3][4]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Imperial War Museum, London, England.


Assisted Commander Unwin at the work of securing the lighters under heavy rifle and maxim fire. He was wounded in the head, but continued his work and twice subsequently attempted to swim from lighter to lighter with a line.

— The London Gazette, No. 29264, 13 August 1915[1]


  1. ^ a b Drewry, George Leslie, Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  2. ^ "No. 29264". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 August 1915. p. 8132.
  3. ^ "Lieutenant Drewry, V.C.". Obituaries. The Times. No. 41862. London. 7 August 1918. col B, p. 9.
  4. ^ "Drewry, Midshipman George L. VC". The Newham Story. Archived from the original on 17 March 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013.

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