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The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

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Appreciation For GEOFFREY DREWERY By Carl Drewery

Geoffrey Thomas Drewery was born on 13th September 1920 at his Uncle and Aunt’s house in Towler Street, Peterborough where his Mother and Father were living at that time. Before he was one year old he was leaving Southampton on a Ship to South Africa where his parents had plans to start a new life with relatives of his Mother who were already out there. This didn’t work out, however, and they arrived soon back in England, coming into port at London in 1921. In 1928 The family moved into 15 Muswell Road in Peterborough . By now Geoffrey’s sister Iris had been born.

Whilst attending King’s School in Peterborough Geoffrey was a chorister in the Peterborough Cathedral Choir, regularly attending services at the Cathedral. He also became a keen musician being proficient on the piano, organ and saxophone.

After working as a Despatch Clerk at Baker Perkins in Peterborough he joined the RAF in June 1941 and after training was posted to India to join the war effort against Japan . He served with 207,22 and 11 squadrons in India and Ceylon and was awarded the Burma Star.

He returned to England in 1946 and whilst on Demob leave he met Ellen Graham, his future wife. She was working as a student nurse at Peterborough Hospital and had been invited to tea by a patient she had been nursing(Thomas Yeaomans) Father in Law of Geoffrey’s Aunt Gladys. Geoffrey was there too and he offered to escort Ellen back to the Hospital accommodation where she was staying .They arranged to meet again, the relationship blossomed and they married in August 1947. By this time Geoffrey was a Police Constable with Isle of Ely constabulary, serving first at Ely, then at Wisbech where the couple settled at 38 Milner Road and started a family with Graham (1948), Vaughan (1951) and Paula (1954) being born at Wisbech. Unfortunately Geoffrey became ill as a consequence of diseases picked up in India and was forced to leave The Police Force on medical grounds in 1955

In 1956 Geoffrey and Ellen moved to Peterborough to live at 108 Almond Road and then from 1958, 79 Sycamore Avenue. By this time Geoffrey was working for the local council in the Motor Vehicle Taxation department. More children followed, Carl (1958), Ian (1961) and Kathleen (1966). Geoffrey used his Police experience to help him get a position as a solicitor’s clerk at Buckle and Co in Priestgate Peterborough where he worked until he retired in 1987. By now he was a grandfather and he spent his retirement reading books on World War two and Crime fiction and enjoying doing crosswords with Ellen. He also enjoyed coach holidays around the UK with Ellen.and visits from children, grandchildren and great grand children.

Added on: 21st December 2008


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