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Memorable Manitobans: William Starkey Drewry (1884-1947)

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Born at Winnipeg on 4 July 1884, son of Edward L. Drewry and Eliza Lile Starkey (1852-1922), he was educated at St. John’s College, University of Toronto, and McGill University. He worked as superintendent and chemist at Drewry’s Limited for nineteen years, resigning to open up business for himself at Kenora, Ontario in July 1923. He joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1914 as Lieutenant with the Fort Garry Horse. He transferred to the 61st Battalion, Captain. France, with 10th Battalion. He saw service on the Somme and was invalided to Canada in 1917. He was appointed Officer Commanding, British Canadian Recruiting Mission, Minneapolis; served there until September 1918. He reported back to Military District No. 10, and went on Corps of Reserves. On 21 April 1908, he married Georgina M. Locke (?-?), daughter of Corbet Locke. They had two sons. He was a member of the Anglican Church, Rotary Club, and Knights of Pythias. He died on 9 July 1947.


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This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

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