Maude Mary Stewart Drewry
1878 - 1974
30th Mar 1912
Married George Frederick Story in St Peter's Church, Hammersmith.
3rd Jun 1914
Birth of daughter June Isabella Stewart Story.
Death of George Frederick Story.
Died in Suffolk.
Their home address is given as 232, Barry Road.
The record shows that they have previously been educated privately for 6 and 5 years respectively.
Maudie and Bella (Annie Isabel) were both singers and members of the D'Oyley Carte Opera.
In 1903, 'The Era (25th July, 1903), reports that Maude ended an engagement with Horace Lingard.
William Horace Lingard (1839–1927) "was a 19th century English comic singer" (Wikipedia).
Down Under In the 19th Century says: "A company that had been making an impression on New Zealand audiences at this time was [1880's] 'The Lingards' led by English actor-manager W. Horace Lingard and his wife Alice Dunning Lingard."
In 1904, a Playbill for 'The Girl Who Lost Her Chacter' at the Standard Theatre, 10 October, shows Maude Stewart Drewry in the cast.
1908 - Two postcards
The card above left appears to be an ordinary postcard, on sale perhaps at performances of the play.
the card above right has Maude's name and address on the back and was probably a hand-out or part of her resumeé presented to casting agents. Perhaps the card was then stored in some way that required her name and address to be written on the front of the card. (The address on the front is actually wrong - showing 50 rather than 30, Lawn Crescent.)
The card on the left, showing Thora full-length is another postcard.
On the 13th October, 1909
Mr Geo. F. Storey, Gent. and Miss M. S. Drewry, Lady, sailed for Calcutta on the P&O ship 'Caledonia.
They were part of the 'Major Comedy Company' on its way to a tour of Singapore and possibly other countries.
Curiously, Maude is recorded as being Welsh!
1912 - Marriage
at St Peter's Church Hammersmith, 30th Mar 1912.
Daughter of Charles Stewart (Retired) and Julia Drewry nee Fava Wood, married George Frederick Story (Born in Leicester, 6th Apl., 1883; Actor, son of Edward J. Story, Actor.)
The marriage record has them both living at 21, Rivercourt Road.
The witnesses are:
Julia T. Drewry, Edward J. Story, Alfred F. Drewry, Charles S. Drewry
The Stage Yearbook, 1913 lists Miss Maude Stewart Drewry in the cast of 'The Girl From The Jam Factory' - " a domestic drama, in four acts, by Frank Dix", June 3, 1912, at the Royal, Stratford.
Name: Miss M. Stewart Drewry
Address: 120, Castelnau S.W.13
Phone Number: RIVrside 6280
Is Maude using the address (with her maiden name as her stage name)?
It is actually the address of her parents and family.
In the National Register of September 29th, 1939, four people are shown living at 120 Castelnau, Barnes:
Julia F. Drewry, aged 90; living on Private Means
Maude S. Story, 50 (incorrect !); Unpaid Domestic Duties
June I. S. Story, 25; Teacher of Pianoforte & ?Dance?
and a further person whose details are hidden (probably because they might still be alive when the records were released).
Births Dec 1878, Drewry Mary Maud S, W. Ham, 4a 103
Marriage Mar 1912, Drewry Maude S, Story, Fulham, 1a 454
The Municipal Cemetery in Kirkley, Suffolk records:
Maud Stewart Story 1878-1974 Reference number: Su/KMC/LNA223 (grave 9487).
1925 - An Interview and a Review