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Mr Midshipman VC

Quentin Falk

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The Short Accident-Prone Life of George Drewry, Gallipoli Hero
Of the thirty-nine Gallipoli Victoria Crosses arguably none was more deserved than the medal earned by George Leslie Drewry.

At just 20, he was the first officer of the Royal Naval Reserve to get the nation’s premier award for valour when part of the landing on V Beach at Cape Helles. In so doing he was badly wounded.

Accident-prone, he survived falling into a bog as a child; he was knocked over by a car; as a novice merchantman he fell from the mast of his ship and on another occasion was shipwrecked after rounding Cape Horn and stranded on a deserted island.

Tragically he died at Scapa Flow shortly before the end of The Great War, while in command of his first ship.

Using contemporary sources, the author brings Drewry’s life into sharp focus and describes the role of ‘Snotty’ as midshipmen were then known. The result will appeal to addicts of real-life adventure and military historians

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The Short Accident-Prone Life of George Drewry, Gallipoli Hero Of the thirty-nine Gallipoli Victoria Crosses arguably none was more deserved than the medal earned by George Leslie Drewry. At just 20, he was the first officer of the Royal Naval Reserve to get the nation’s premier award for valour when part of the landing on V Beach at Cape Helles. In so doing he was badly wounded. Accident-prone, he survived falling into a bog as a child; he was knocked over by a car; as a novice merchantman he fell from the mast of his ship and on another occasion was shipwrecked after rounding Cape Horn and stranded on a deserted island. Tragically he died at Scapa Flow shortly before the end of The Great War, while in command of his first ship. Using contemporary sources, the author brings Drewry’s life into sharp focus and describes the role of ‘Snotty’ as midshipmen were then known. The result will appeal to addicts of real-life adventure and military historians

ISBN: 9781526726247
Format: Hardback
Author(s): Quentin Falk
First Publishment Date: 4 October 18

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