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Napoleon Edward Drew

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Napoleon Edward Drew (1864-1897)

1897 Obituary [1]

NAPOLEON EDWARD DREW, born in Smyrna on the 16th January, 1864, was the only child of Mr. Edward Alexander Drew, who was then engaged on the construction of the Smyrna and Aidin Railway.

After being educated at the Lycee Henri IV. in Paris, and at Tonbridge School, the subject of this notice was articled in 1884 to Mr. J. H. Watson Buck, one of the Resident Engineers of the London and North Western Railway.

From 1888 to 1892 he was employed on the construction of the Midland Railway of Uruguay for Messrs. Perry, Cutbill, Son and De Lungo. On the completion of that work Mr. Drew returned home, where he remained for some time.

In January, 1896, he proceeded to Pernambuco, having obtained the appointment of Assistant Resident Engineer on the Recife and Sao Francisco Railway. He had held that post for only twelve months when he succumbed to yellow fever on the 17th January, 1897.

Mr. Drew was known as a willing and energetic officer and his amiable disposition made him a general favourite. He was a good linguist, speaking French, Spanish and Portuguese.

He was elected an Associate Member on the 6th May, 1890.

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