Daniel George Drury

Name

Daniel George Drury

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

25/09/1915
35

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Rifleman
S/7020
Rifle Brigade
2nd Bn.

Awards

1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL
Panel 10.
Belgium

UK Memorials

Hertford Town Memorial
Christchurch Plaque, now in Holy Trinity Church, Bengeo

Pre War

Born on 5th December 1879, in Hertford, to parents Daniel and Eliza(Warner), who were living in Brewhouse Lane, St Andrews Street, Hertford in 1881 he had one sister Elizabeth and two brothers, Henry and Walter and in 1891 they were living at 13, Port Vale, Hertford. His father was employed as coal merchant. By 1911 Daniel was living with his aunt and uncle at 28, Royston Street, Bethnal Green, London and he was employed as a marble polisher, he was still living in Bethnal Green at the time of his death.

Wartime Service

Enlisted at Shoreditch, London. Daniels unit was stationed in India when the war broke out, they returned to England landing at Liverpool on 22 October 1914. They joined the 25th Brigade, 9th Division and were sent to France, landing at Le Havre on 6th November 1914. They were in action at Neuve Chappelle in March and Aubers in May 1915. In September they took part in the Battle at Bois Greniers a sideshow to the Battle of Loos. Daniels battalion was ordered to capture CORNER FORT and about 200 yards of enemy trench attached to it. The assault began at about 0330, to begin with things went well and the first line of German trenches were captured. The unit to the left of the Rifle Brigade did not reach the enemy trenches and so they were unable to join up and continue the assault. By 0345 information was received that the battalions on either side had been unsuccessful in their attacks and orders were given to withdraw. The Rifle Brigade suffered 243 casualties including 29 missing, one of whom was Daniel Drury.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, Terry & Glenis Collins