Lesley Webber kindly provided us with the following additional information:
Going through my father’s papers following his death, I found a
disintegrated bible belonging to my maternal grandmother (Annie Cecilia
Wicking (later Greenaway) whose family came from Swanley and was then aged
16. The back cover had press cuttings stuck into it about Private Herbert
Drury RMLI and I looked at your website to see if you had more information.
The reference to his memorial in Farningham has less information than is in
the press cuttings and thought you might like to know what they say for your
“ANOTHER SWANLEY MAN GIVES HIS LIFE FOR HIS COUNTRY
Private Herbert Drury RMLI a brother of Mr Roland Drury of St Mary Cray and
of Mr Harry Drury of 28, Highcroft Cottages Stanley, has met his death at the
Dardanelles, the official intimation being received this week. Private Drury
had done 12 years service in the Marines and was in the siege of Antwerp.
Afterwards the regiment was sent to the Dardanelles.
The notification was followed strangely by a postcard from the deceased
himself addressed to his little niece, Dolly Drury of whom he was very fond.
Private Drury was a son of the late Mr J Drury of Crockenhill, who for some
years carried on the trade of basket maker in the neighbourhood of Stanley.
The young soldier who was 33 years of age was very popular with his
There is a photo.
As your notes could only speculate as to his family, I thought this might be
of interest. Also if there are interested relatives who search your site,
they may wish to know that he was significant enough in Swanley to be
included by school children in their bibles.