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c.1915 Unbranded Trench Watch Able Seaman H.Drewery RNVR


This watch has seen war, it's been in it, and looks it as well. The rough engraving on the inside of the case gives us its owners name and Military assignment and therefore its provenance.


Able Seaman Herbert Drewery was an anomaly of war, he was a Sailor, his regiment was the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve yet because the Royal Navy had all the sailors it needed for its ships this regiment went to fight on the Western Front and the trenches. Which is where young Herbert found himself in 1916, A Lewis Gunner he served in the Howe Battalion, where on the 17th February 1917 he was  wounded and was sent back to the UK to recover. Having recovered he was sent back to his regiment arriving back at the front on the 13th November and unfortunately was wounded again and died from his wounds on 30th December 1917. He is buried in St.Sever Cemetry in Rouen.


His Watch is nickel plated and the case is in good condition, the dial does show wear and tear, somehow bearing in mind where it's been that doesn't really matter, Somehow this watch survived, we have replaced the glass and given the watch a full and thorough service, it's now working well.


However given its age and what it has been through we wouldn't recommend daily wear. 


c.1915 WW1 Unbranded Trench Watch Able Seaman H.Drewery RNVR

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