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Samuel John DREW

Regimental number20735
Place of birthBrisbane Queensland
AddressWharf Street, Sandgate, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinSister, Miss M E Drew, Wharf Street, Sandgate, Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date29 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit name9th Field Artillery Brigade 1 - 8 Reinforcements
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 11 May 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll20735A
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll43rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 26 April 1918

FateReturned to Australia 4 July 1919

Military Medal

'On 24th April, 1918, between the junction of the rivers SOMME and ANCRE, Acting Bombardier DREW was in charge of the telephonists of the Battery. During the enemy's bombardment of gas and H.E., which lasted 8 hours, Acting Bombardier DREW, in company with [22974] Gunner RIDGEWAY, worked continuously on the telephone lines, and under tremendous difficulties, got in touch with Group Headquarters. The lines were broken by hostile shell fire continuously, and these men displayed the greatest courage and ability, spending practically the whole day on the lines, exposed throughout to incessant and heavy shell fire. Both performed splendid work, showing complete disregard for personal safety.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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