Lewis William Drew
Memorial: Doynton - Holy Trinity Church
Regiment: Gloucestershire Regiment
Rank and number: Private 8753
Parents: Joseph and Elizabeth Drew
Home address: Doynton
Pre-war occupation: Soldier
Date of birth: 1889
Place of birth: Doynton
Date of death: 05/03/1915
Buried/Commemorated at: Buried at St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France
Lewis was born in Doynton, the son of a farm labourer and the second youngest of six children with a sister and five brothers. Lewis's mother died in 1900 when Lewis was aged 13.
Lewis enlisted in the 2nd Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment serving in peacetime and in 1911 he was stationed at Malta. His battalion was mobilised for war and landed at Le Havre in December 1914 but Lewis was not involved in any wartime action as he died in the 12th General Hospital in Rouen just a few weeks after arriving in France. The cause of his death is not known.
By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):
With kind permission of Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
Reproduced with the kind permission of Findmypast: https://www.findmypast.co.uk/