James Sidney Drewry Barbara Cecelia Drewry Mary May Hyde Mini tree diagram


Christine Hilda May Drewry

1913 - 1997

Life History



Jan. 1997



Christine_Drewry_death_notice Christina never married and lived all her life with her mother (May), firstly at Willian Way, Letchworth and latterly in Beaconsfield.

Christina died in 1997 having suffered in her later years with Alzheimers.


Christine M Drewry, 1913, Jan-Feb-Mar, Hyde,  Hitchin  Bedfordshire

Drewry Family, 1925, click for larger picture Chris_in_pram Christina, Bill Knight and Barbara Christina, 1934

Christina visiting Shelvoke & Drewry Christina visiting Shelvoke & Drewry

The Comet February 25th 1987.

Chris, 74, pops back to see old firm.

By Lois Prior

A 74-YEAR-OLD former Letchworthian made a sentimental return last week to the firm her father co-founded.

Miss Christine Drewry returned to the company that her father James and partner Harry Shelvoke founded in 1922 — Shelvoke and Drewry.

Miss Drewry left the town 60 years ago and her visit was spurred by an item in the Daily Telegraph. The Letchworth firm, now known as Shelvoke Dempster, had sponsored the newspaper’s crossword one day in February.

Miss Drewry had spotted it at her home in Beaconsfield, and decided that after an absence of 60 years, it was time to get back in touch with the company.

Miss Drewry was welcomed back by the directors of the company and met by Shelvoke Dempster’s long-serving employees Doug Parnwell, John Hill, Gordon Howard and Pam Street.

During her day Miss Drewry was given a tour of the modern plant in Icknield Way, and taken to see the Tiller dustcart now at the Shuttleworth Collection in Old Warden, which had been designed by her father.

"Everything has changed so much since my father’s day," said Miss Drewry, "and Letchworth looks so different to what I remember!"

At the end of her busy but enjoyable day, Miss Drewry was presented with a cut glass vase by Shelvoke Dempster’s director of operations, John Gill.