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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 25/01/1886 St James Palace, London. d. 21/04/1941 Rotherhithe, London.

 

Drummond was born on 25 January 1886. He was 32 years old, and a lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve during the First World War, and was awarded the VC for his part in the Second Ostend Raid.

 

VC ACTION

 

On 9/10 May 1918 at Ostend, Belgium, Lieutenant Drummond commanding HMML (Motor Launch) 254, volunteered for rescue work and was following HMS Vindictive to the harbour when a shell burst on board killing an officer and a deck hand and badly wounding the coxswain and Lieutenant Drummond. Notwithstanding his wounds, this officer brought M.L. 254 alongside Vindictive and then took off two officers and 38 men, some of whom were killed or wounded while embarking. He retained consciousness long enough to back his vessel away from the piers and towards the open sea before collapsing exhausted from his wounds.

 

Despite suffering from his severe wounds received in his VC action Drummond returned to the navy in World War II but died on 21 April 1941 from a fall.

 

LOCATION OF MEDAL: LORD ASHCROFT GALLERY, IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, LONDON.

BURIAL PLACE:

ST PETER'S CHURCHYARD, CHALFONT ST PETER, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE. ROW J GRAVE 13

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Geoffrey Heneage Drummond VC

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Geoffrey Drummond's medals including VC on display at the Lord Ashcroft Gallery, Imperial War Museum, London. (August 2014).

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28th August 1918

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Freemasons Memorial, London (Brian Drummond)