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Frederick Drewry

1781 - 1854

Life History


Born in Lincoln


Christened in St Benedict, Lincoln


Died in Stafford



Christening: 08 Dec 1781, Saint Benedict, Lincoln
Mother: ANN

It seems likely that the following notes refer to Frederick:

GFDrewry_ArmyRecord Frederick George Drewry, Ensign in the 5th Foot, recorded in Lionel S. Challis's 'Peninsula Roll Call'

'A List of the officers of the Army and of the Corps of Royal Marines' shows Frederick George Drewry made captain in 1826.

'The London Gazette' reports "Royal Newfoundland Veteran Companies, Captain Frederick George Drewry, from the 2d West India Regiment, to be Captain, vice Kerr, whose appointment has not taken place. Dated 22d April 1836."

A Lieut. F.G. Drewry received a Military General Service Medal. "The MGS medal was sanctioned in 1847, issued in 1848, and was awarded for services during the Napoleonic Wars 1801-14, 30+ years after the war".

"Lt F G Drewry of the 5th Northumberland Regiment. According to my MGS book he received the medal with bars for Salamanca, Orthes and Toulouse; it also states that he later served in the 12th (East Suffolk) Foot and that the medal was in the Regimental Museum, but it is not clear which Regimental museum this relates to." (Source: Barbara at

In 1841 census: Frederick Drewry, aged 55 (ie born between 1781-1786), living in Castle Church, Staffs, but not born in parish. He is shown as 'Army H P' (half pay?). Living on own with servant.
Coincidentally, 2 houses away there is a 'Sarah Durance' born c, 1781 of Independent Means, living on her own, born in parish. (But this is not 'our' Sarah Durance. - No trace of either of them in the 1851 census).

Also, in a directory, a Capt Frederick Drewry living at Foregate Street, Stafford in 1835.

A Frederick George Drewry died Jun 1854 in Stafford.

The only birth in IGI for a Frederick Drewry or similar in IGI is:
Frederic Drurey b 8/12/1781 at St Benedicts, Lincoln. Parents Thomas Drewry and Ann

Death Announcement (4th July, 1854)


In his Will

Frederick George Drewry of Forebridge in the Parish of Castle Church, Staffs, late a Capt in 5th Regiment of Foot and now a Capt on half pay in 12th Regiment of Foot left:

a legacy of £5 per year to a Mrs Harriette Jocius (?) of Camberwell (possibly she looked after him)

the residue of his estate, after payment of debts etc., to his nephew John Drewry Mort of Newcastle under Lyne, Staffs, Newspaper Proprietor. He is also sole executor.

Witnessed by Mary Till and Charles Bradford Passman, gentleman (a solicitor)

Frederick's sister Sarah married John Mort at Norton in the Moors, Stafford on Dec 10, 1795 (IGI). They had a son called John Drewry Mort (b. 1799, christened 1804 (see the Mort family website)

Frederick was second cousin to Samuel Drewry. It would seem that the families were linked in a number of ways. See for example the marriage of Frederick's sister Ann which was officiated by William Durance, husband of Samuel's aunt Sarah, whose daughter Sarah, in her will, leaves bequests to Samuel's children.