Flight Cadet Owen Drewitt

Owen Drewitt
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Thank you to Bernice Forsyth and Mary Day from Capel Local History Group for allowing Dorking Museum to publish their research, and thank you to Lenka Cathersides for additional information.

Owen Drewitt Birth Registration Transcription
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Owen Drewitt Baptism Certificate
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Owen Drewitt was born on 10th April 1897 in Normandy, Surrey to farm bailiff William Wenham Drewitt and Eva Annie Drewitt nee Cole. He was baptised on 30th May 1897 at St Nicholas church, Pyrford. The family lived in Wyke, Surrey

Owen Drewitt 1901 Census
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At the time of the 1901 Census, Eva and her son Owen were staying with her brother, farm bailiff, John Cole at Lady Place Farm, Pyrford.

Owen Drewitt 1909 Dorking High School Admission Register
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Owen Drewitt 1909 Dorking High School Admission Register
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On 20th September 1909 Owen was admitted into Dorking High School for Boys, from Capel Church of England School. At the time of his admission the family lived at Hill House Farm, Beare Green. Owen’s father William was still working as a farm bailiff. Owen left Dorking High School for Boys on 3rd April 1912 to take up farming.

Owen Drewitt 1911 Census
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At the time of the 1911 Census, the family were still living at Hill House Farm. William was working as a steward and Eva was at home. The household further comprised of their son Owen and a servant. The accommodation had seven rooms.

From June 1913 to the 15th of June 1916 Owen Drewitt worked as an engineer’s assistant/turner at Gillett Stephen & Co, Atlas Works, Bookham, Surrey. They were manufacturers of aircraft components etc. (http://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Gillett,_Stephen_and_Co)

 

On 6th March 1917, Owen attested into the Royal Flying Corps. He joined for 4 years with the Colours and 4 years with the Reserve.  His service number was: 64414. At the time of his attestation he lived at Hill House Farm. He had a fresh complexion, brown hair and grey eyes.

The Royal Flying Corps was part of the British Army until 1918. The Royal Flying Corps merged with the Royal Naval Air Service on  1st April 1918 to form the Royal Air Force.

On the 21st of January 1918 Owen was posted for training at No 1 Officer Cadet Wing, St Leonards on Sea. Then he progressed through the flying training programme in Egypt. From 19th or 20th February 1918 Owen trained with No 3 Officer Cadet Wing in Aboukir, near Alexandria, Egypt.  On 25th March 1918 he became ill with measles.

On 9th August 1918, Owen began his flight training at the No 3 School of Military Aeronautics, in Heliopolis, Egypt. Owen graduated as a Flight Cadet on 1st September 1918. He had also practical experience in the manufacture of aero engines and aeroplane fittings.

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At the time of his death Flight Cadet Owen Drewitt was part of the 20th Training Wing, RAF in Egypt.

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He was killed in a flying accident on 21st  November 1918 in Alexandria, Egypt.

He is buried at the Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. His grave reference number is: B.95. His headstone bears the inscription: ‘Son of W. W. & E. A. Drewitt of Capel, Surrey, England Thy Will be Done’.

Owen Drewitt received the British War and Victory medals.

Drewitt Family History

Owen’s father William  was born in the 4th quarter of 1868 in Bromley to farmer, brickmaker and farm bailiff William, born about 1842 in Guildford, Surrey and Harriet Catherine, born about 1845 in Arrington, Cambridgeshire. William jnr was baptised on 6th December 1868 at Holy Trinity church, Bromley. At the time of the baptism the family lived in Bromley and William snr was a farmer.

Owen’s mother Eva Annie Cole was born on 30th July 1868 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey to farmer John, born about 1815 in Ashford, Middlesex and Annie. Eva was baptised on 13th September 1868 at St Mary’s church, Walton–on-Thames.  At the time of the 1891 Census, Eva was working as an assistant dressmaker to dressmaker Laura Ovenden at 14 Dacre Park, London.

William married Eva on 21st November 1894 at St Nicholas church, Pyrford. At the time of their marriage William was working as a farm bailiff and lived in Wyke. Eva lived in Pyrford.

At the time of the 1901 Census, Owen’s father William lived at Westwood, Normandy, Surrey. At this time William  was working as a farm bailiff.

The 1919, Surrey, England, Electoral Register reads that Owen’s father William lived at Hill House Farm, Beare Green.

William Wenham Drewitt of Binton Farm, the Sands, Seale, Farnham, Surrey died on 30th June 1925. He left £1799, 13s and 6d in the Probate.

Born Normandy, Surrey
Lived Capel, Surrey
Son of William and Eva Drewitt
Regiment 22nd Squadron, Royal Air Force
Number 64414
Date of Death 21st November 1918
Place of Death Egypt
Cause of Death Killed in Action
Age 21
Cemetery Hadra Cemetery, Alexandria, Egypt
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