Kenneth ‘Philip’ Drew (1925 – 2018) was born in London in January, the eldest of two children. He was called up to the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in 1943 and served for three years. After he was demobilised, he studied English at Oxford University and graduated with a first class degree. Philip then joined the Civil Service, working at the Board of Trade, before becoming an academic at Glasgow University. In 1977, he became Professor of English before retiring in 1984. He married wife Lindsay in 1953 and they had three children, Kate, John, and Sarah, and seven grandchildren.