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William Bruce Drayner

Born 1st July 1883, Sandgate, Kent

Son of William and Charlotte Drayner of Sandgate, Kent

Husband of Agnes Clara Drayner nee Grant of 3 Red Lion Place, Shooters Hill, Woolwich, London (married 1911, Elham, Kent)

Joined the City of London Police 4th July 1910

Blue eyes, fair hair, fresh complexion, 6 ft in height

Warrant Number 7705

Collar Number A70

Served on Moor Lane Division

Able Seaman, Royal Navy, HMS Hogue

Service Number 205138

Killed in action 22nd September 1914, North Sea, aged 30 years

No known grave

Remembered on the Chatham Naval Memorial and on the City of London Police WWI War Memorial, Wood Street Police Station

From the “Police Review”, 1st  January 1915: “PC William Bruce Drayner was born at Sandgate, Kent. He joined the Royal Navy on July 21st 1899, was transferred to the Naval Reserve on June 24th 1910. He joined the City of London Police on July 4th 1910. He was recalled to the Royal Navy for active service on August 4th last and was drowned in action on September 22nd whilst serving on HMS Hogue. Deceased leaves a widow and two children, one of whom was born after the father’s death”.

The above photograph is from the “Police Review”, 1st January 1915.

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