1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

Henry Drury

Contributed by: Barry Barnes, on 2008-11-27

Henry Drury
Rank
First Name Henry
Surname Drury
Year of Birth 1868
Year of Death 1920
Regiment 18th Royal Hussars
Place of Wartime Residence Acton, Middlesex

Henry's Story

Henry Drury was born on 11th August 1868 at Plumstead, Kent. He was the fifth of thirteen children for John (of Acton, Middlesex) and Elizabeth (formerly Cook of Woolwich, Kent).

Henry served twice in the Army. He was employed as a carpet layer when first he attested on 13th July 1886 at London into the 18th Hussars with Regimental Number 3082. He added a year and gave his age as 18 years and 11 months. During his 12 years of service, more than four of them in India, he also gained Certificates of Education. Holding the rank of Private, Henry was discharged on 12th July 1898.

Within 18 months, Henry, employed as a rate collector, married Alice Palmer of Shropshire. They moved to Acton where they had two children.

When WWI started, Henry, employed as a grocer, was among the first to enlist; he deducted two years from his age, which he gave as 44. On 21st September 1914 at Woolwich, Henry was attested into The Army Service Corps Remounts Service (Number 2 Depot) with Regimental Number 2127. The condition of Henry's engagement was that he served "until end of the war for remount depots only". His Army papers state "˜Royal Ride" under the column for rank.

Within four days of his attestation Henry went to France where he served two tours of duty with his unit. He was severely wounded, and on 15th February 1919 he was “discharged, no longer physically fit for war duties.” He was awarded the Star, British War Medal, and Victory Medal.

Henry never recovered his health and he died from his wounds on 26th February 1920; he is buried at Ealing.

On the photograph Henry Drury circa 1886.

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