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Violet Maud Mary Drewry

1886 - 27th Apr 1939

Life History


Born in Brixton, London

12th May 1886

Baptised at St. John the Divine, Kennington.


Married Oswald D Roberts.

27th Apr 1939

Died in Northampton.


Violet Maud Baptism

In the 1891 census, living at 22 Coburg Road, Teddington.

  • William Drewry, Head, 54, Railway Clerk, b. London, St. Pancras
  • Eliza Drewry, 54, b. London, Kensington
  • Edith L. Drewry, 14, b. London, Paddington
  • Vera T. Drewry, 7, At school
  • Amy Cecil Drewry, 6, At school, b. London, Brixton
  • Violet Maud Drewry, 4 , At school

In the 1901 census:

  • Annie Stewart, 36, single, professor of music and author, head of household. Born Kensington
  • Mateon (Ina Leon?) Cassilis, 38(?), single, journalist, author and dramatist, sister of head of household. Born Kensington
  • Violet M M Drewry, 14, niece of head of household. Born Brixton.
  • A servant.

Annie Stewart and Ina Leon, are actually Emily and Georgina Drewry registering under their adopted pen-names. See Georgina Drewry.

Violet married Oswald D Roberts on July 10th 1915, at St Augustine Parish Church, Paddington.
Oswald's father, Frederick Roberts, Clerk in Holy Orders, performed the ceremony.

In the marriage certificate, the bride is Violet Maude Mary Drewry of 10 Randolph Gardens (writing is poor but that's what it looks like). Her age is 29, and she is daughter of William Tillotson Drewry, deceased, a clerk. No occupation is given.
The groom is Oswald Dale Roberts, 27, of St Giles Vicarage, Shrewsbury, occupation actor.
The witnesses are:
Amy, Violet's sister
William James Mansbridge (their step-father) and
Cecil Edward Roberts (should this be Oswald's brother Cyril E Roberts?).

Violet and Oswald had 2 children

Daphne Roberts born 1921;
Noel Roberts born 1926 - who married Gwen Hextall.
(From Genes Reunited)

There are a number of references to Oswald Dale Roberts in Google, as an actor and producer;
e.g. The Ellen Terry and Edith Craig Database notes:
"Oswald Dale Roberts producer of Arthur Brough Players, Bradford; Bradford Amateurs and Bradford Players"
(Arthur Brough was Mr Grainger in the TV comedy 'Are you being served')

Dale_Roberts There are also several references in Google Books:
e.g. as a Shakespearian actor

And as a Director


Violet also turned her hand to directing.

See e.g.The Masque Theatre: which has the Programme for the Northampton Town and County Drama League's production of Jonah and the Whale by james Bridie. Performed at the Repertory Theatre, Northampton on 31st October 1936. Produced by Mrs Oswald Dale Roberts.

And The Ticket of Leave Man produced by Violet in 1937.


Violet Maude - Probate

Violet Maude - Probate


Marriage: Sept 1915, Drewry Violet M M, Roberts, Paddington, 1a, 41
Death: Jun 1939, Roberts Violet M M, 53, Northampton, 3b, 57