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James Vivian Drew
Jim, as he was known, had emigrated to America in 1896 with his brother William and lived and worked in Greenport, County of Suffolk, New York State, where they both ran a successful monumental marble business. He subsequently married Miss Lulu Thorne Christian who was a native of Greenport. His brother had also married in America and had a son, Marshall Brines Drew. Marshall's mother died some two weeks after his birth so James and Lulu became his surrogate parents.
James, his wife and Marshall travelled on the Olympic in the autumn of 1911 for a holiday to visit his relatives in Constantine, Cornwall. Their return journey to America was on board the Titanic which they boarded at Southampton as second class passngers (ticket number 28220, £32 10s). It is possible that they travelled with James Veal who was also a native of Constantine.
On embarking James and Marshall were able to view the first class areas including the gymnasium and the barbers shop.
James Drew was lost in the sinking, his body, if recovered, was never identified.
James has a memorial on his wife's gravestone in the Ashaway Cemetery, Ashaway, Rhode Island, USA.