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Lorraine DROWER aged 6 drowned & memorial to his brother Sergeant George DROWER - South African & WW1 soldier killed in action [see portrait in comments] | by SandyEm
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Lorraine DROWER aged 6 drowned & memorial to his brother Sergeant George DROWER - South African & WW1 soldier killed in action [see portrait in comments]

In loving memory of

Lorraine L[ithgoe] DROWER

Our Boudie

Died January 2nd 1904

Aged 6 years

“Of such is the Kingdom of heaven”

Also in memory of

G. E. DROWER

Killed at Dardanelles

May 30th 1915,

Aged 33

 

ANGLICAN DIVISION B Row 7, Plot 61

 

Sergeant GEORGE EDMUND DROWER:

Also in the South African war. Serial number: 9055, served 120 days. 8th & 9th Contingent.

 

WW1 number: 11/239, Wellington Mounted Rifles, enlisted 17 August 1915

Occupation on enlistment: warehouseman for L.D. Nathan & Co., GIsborne and resided in Gisborne

Dark complexion; Grey eyes; dark hair, 5ft 8inches.

Admitted to hospital in the field October 1914 with influenza

 

Born: 21 December 1882

Parents: George Buckland DROWER

 

Medals: South African with Transvaal and South Africa ’02 clasps

By 1922 his father had moved to 112 Ridgway Street, Wanganui.

Previously served for 3 years with No 1 Native Rifles, Auckland.

  

His South African and WW1 war records can be read online:

ndhadeliver.natlib.govt.nz/delivery/DeliveryManagerServle...

  

His Cenotaph database record:

muse.aucklandmuseum.com/databases/Cenotaph/4179.detail?Or...

  

LORRAINE LITHGOE DROWER

Death registration 1904/397

 

Auckland Star, Volume XXXV, Issue 7, 8 January 1904, Page 5

DROWNED IN A CISTERN.

SAD ACCIDENT AT MOUNT EDEN.

A very distressing accident occurred yesterday afternoon at Sunnyside road, Mount Eden, a little boy named Lorraine Lythgoe [sic] Drower, aged six, son of Mr G. B. Drower, being drowned in a cistern. From the evidence taken at the inquest this morning before Mr Gresham, coroner, it appeared that deceased was last seen alive by his mother at one o'clock yesterday. Under the scullery is a cement cistern with five feet of water in it, and a trap-door opening into this cistern had been opened by a man named James Beamish. who was working at some pipes in connection with the drainage. Beamish left to go to his dinner at noon, returning at half-past one. Mrs Drower subsequently missed the child, and after searching for him without success, asked Beamish to go and look in the cistern. This he did without success. Beamish subsequently improvised a grappling iron, and secured the body of deceased from the cistern. Mary Drower, sister of the deceased. deposed to seeing the lid of the cistern open, but said that as she was about she knew that the children could not get into danger. In the ordinary course the lid of the cistern was never lifted. The jury returned a verdict that death was accidental, due to drowning. [1]

  

Family information:

New Zealand Herald, Volume XVIII, Issue 5999, 8 February 1881, Page 4

DROWER-SMITH On February 2 at St. Sepulchre’s Church, Auckland, George B. Drower , of South Head, Kaipara, to Fannym youngest daughter of Mr. Richard SMITH, Newton Road, Auckland.

 

George Buckland DROWER [Father] died 28 December 1927 [retired land agent] and is buried with his wife [below] Death registration 1927/9155

 

Fanny DROWER, George seniors wife, died 22 January 1917 aged 58 and is buried at Waikumete cemetery ANGLICAN DIVISION B Row 7, Plot 63 [next to Lorraine]

  

SOURCES:

Military records

NZ Dept Internal Affairs historic BDM indexes

 

[1]

paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=AS...

  

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