According to his attestation papers dated January 10, 1916 at Toronto, John George Drew of 46 Beresford Avenue, Toronto was born on September 25, 1892 in Toronto. He listed his mother Hannah Drew, 46 Beresford Avenue, Toronto as his next of kin. He was an operator, unmarried and had no previous military experience. He was 23 years and 4 months of age and stood 5 feet 7 1/2 inches tall. He had blue eyes and fair hair and complexion. He had a mole on his left shoulder and chest and a scar on his left wrist. He was a member of the Church of England.
His brother Harry also enlisted.