Private William Edward Drewett

© Royston Williamson 2015
Photograph courtesy of Royston Williamson

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

William Edward Drewett was born in May 1887 in Homerton, London to hatter’s warehouse man Walter and Sarah Ann (nee Headington).

William’s father Walter was born in 1851 in London, to cabinet maker William and Ann. His mother Sarah was born about 1853 in Hackney, London to printer Alfred. Walter and Sarah married on 19th July 1874 at St Matthew’s church, Bethnal Green.

William had five known siblings: Louisa S. born about 1881; Walter A born about 1883; Laura born about 1886; Alfred A. born about 1890 and Frederick born about 1894, all in Hackney.

At the time of the 1891 Census, the family lived at 8 Digby Road, Hackney, London. Walter was working as a hatter’s warehouse man and Sarah Ann was a laundress. The household further comprised of their children: Louisa, Walter, Laura, William and Alfred.

On 13th February 1894 William was admitted into Gayhurst Road School in Hackney. At the time of the admission, the family lived at 20 Palace Road in London.

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family lived at 58 Haughton Green Road, Haughton Green in Lancashire. Walter was working as a hatter’s warehouse man and Sarah Ann was at home. The household further comprised of their children: waterproof garment makers Louisa and Laura, , Walter, William, Alfred and Frederic.

William married Alice Elizabeth Ann Turner, on 20th March 1910 at St Mark’s church, Victoria Park, London. At the time of the marriage, William was working as a printer and Alice was a nurse maid. The couple lived at 57 Morris Road. Alice was born in the 1st quarter of 1887 in Kingsland, London to builder Edward Charles Turner.

William and Alice had a daughter Dorothy born in the 3rd quarter of 1910 in Old Ford.

At the time of the 1911 census, the family lived at 6 Remus Road, Bow, London. William was working as a machine minder and Alice was looking after their daughter Dorothy. The accommodation had two rooms.

William became part of the 94th Field Ambulance of the Royal Army Medical Corps. He was a Private with regimental number 60549.

William Edward Drewett died on the 2nd of February 1919 of double pneumonia at the Military Hospital Mile End in London.

William Edward Drewett Grave

He is buried at the Brookwood Military Cemetery, near Woking, Surrey. His grave reference number is: VI.E.8. The headstone reads: ‘Gone but not Forgotten’.

William’s wife received £24 and 9d on 2nd September 1919 in Soldier’s Effects. She lived at 29 Duro Street, Fairfield Road, Bow.

William Drewett was awarded the British War and Victory medals.

Born Homerton, East London
Lived East London
Son of Walter Drewett and Sarah Ann Drewett nee Headington
Husband of Alice Elizabeth Ann Turner
Father of Dorothy L. Drewett
Regiment 94th Field Ambulance. Royal Army Medical Corps
Number 60549
Date of Death 2nd February 1919
Place of Death Military Hospital, Mile End, London
Cause of Death Double pneumonia
Age 31
Cemetery Brookwood Cemetery, Woking
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