Lieutenant Harvey Gerald Burns Drummond MC Military Cross


World War 1



Aged 20
Buried at Queant Road Cemetery, Buissy, France. VIII, E, 20
Son of Helen S. Drummond, of The Chantry, Bisley, Stroud, Glos., and the late Maj. A. S. Drummond, (Scots Guards).
Harvey Gerald Binns Drummond was killed in action on 3rd September 1918, aged 20. A Lieutenant in the Scots Guards:

He was commanding the right flank at the time and was very gallantly cheering them on in a most successful attack when he and his orderly, Pte Astlett, were hit by a shell. Gerald was killed instantaneously and would have known nothing. He was hit in several places…his orderly died shortly afterwards. He was most popular with both officers and men and was a most valuable and capable officer. I was personally very fond of him and I shall miss him much. After his company commander was wounded in an attack on the 21st of August, he took command and very ably led his company forward to the final objective. He also commanded his company in a completely successful attack on August 23rd. I had sent his name in for a M.C. for his gallantry, coolness and ability during the period August 21st to August 23rd. (Sir Victor MacKenzie, Commander of the Scots Guards, in a letter to Gerald’s parents, quoted in the ‘News’)

…he is the greatest possible loss to the Regiment, quite one of our most promising boys…He was beloved by both officers and men…who followed him with implicit confidence and love. (Smith Neill, Colonel of the Regiment, in another letter, also quoted in the ‘News’)

Gerald was born in London in 1898. In 1901, the census records him, a small child of two, living with his parents, Archibald and Helen Drummond, and his slightly older sister, also called Helen (but known as Susan), at 117 Ashley Gardens, Westminster. His father was a retired Major, who had served with the Scots Guards. A few years later, the family moved to live in the Chantry, Bisley. Gerald was educated at Harrow and Sandhurst, but spent his holidays in Bisley.


Country Location Name of Memorial Campaign Names Date(s)
England Harrow School High Street Harrow Harrow Greater London HA1 2HT Harrow School War Memorial World War 1
World War 2
Harvey Drummond 3-9-1918 View

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