Notes from the archive

Newspaper articles relating to Adrian, Basil and Cedric
During our research about the First World War at Castle Drogo we came across a treasure trove of Newspaper Articles, mostly from the Western Times, now no longer available. We thought that you might like to see some of them that relate to the Drewe boys.



Basil Drewe

Cedric Drewe

Western times 5th June 1917

Western times

Coming of age

Coming of age 2

This next piece was from the London Gazette
2nd Lt. Basil Drewe, R.G.A., Spec. Res. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. His battery came under intense shell fire and a cartridge dump was set on fire. Five minutes later he received orders to open fire, which he did, and throughout he continued to extinguish fires, restore communications, organise gun detachments and stretcher parties, and with utter contempt of danger kept all his available guns in action until ordered to cease fire. He showed the greatest courage and leadership.

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The Devon and Exeter Gazette July 20th 1917