George Leslie Drewry
|George Leslie Drewry|
Drewry (left) with fellow midshipmen Wilfred St. Aubyn Malleson and Greg Russell on Imbros. Photo by Ernest Brooks.
|Born||3 November 1894
Manor Park, London
|Died||2 August 1918 (aged 23)
Scapa Flow, Orkney
|Buried at||City of London Cemetery, Manor Park|
|Unit||SS River Clyde|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
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. 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.
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.
- Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
- Scotland's Forgotten Valour (Graham Ross, 1995)
- VCs of the First World War - Gallipoli (Stephen Snelling, 1995)
- VCs of the First World War - The Naval VCs (Stephen Snelling, 2002)
- Location of grave and VC medal (E. London)