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John Haworth “Jack” Drewry was born in Victoria, B.C. October 5, 1894 the only child of William and Clare (Hazard) Drewry. He attended University School in Victoria, and then entered the University of British Columbia for a civil engineering degree. In 1917 he was recruited for the Royal Flying Corps, and was one of the first Canadians to fly in World War I with the Royal Air Force. Discharged in 1919 he returned to Canada and resumed his education at McGill University, graduating in 1921. During the summers he worked with his father, working as a transitman and topographer on various government surveys, qualifying as a B.C.L.S. in 1923 (BCLS #239). From 1924 to 1930 he was engaged in logging engineering for the logging companies Bloedel, Stewart and Walsh, and Wood and English, then worked privately from 1930 to 1933.
From 1933 to 1940 he was again associated with logging work, working for the Victoria Lumber Company in 1933 and 1934, operating a portable sawmill in the Bridge River district from 1934 to 1935, and acting as the Resident Engineer for the Elk River Timber Company until 1940 when he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Although he did not fly again, he was assigned to No. 2 Bombing and Gunnery School at Mossbank, Saskatchewan.
He married Donalda Louise Jennings in 1944, was discharged from the RCAF in 1945 and then resumed his work with the Elk River Timber Company, acting as both surveyor and engineer. From 1949 to until his retirement J.H. Drewry worked for the B.C. government on a variety of surveying jobs, and was responsible for establishing the right-of-way for a portion of the Cariboo Highway between 1949 and 1953.
J.H. Drewry died in Victoria, December 26, 1988.
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British Columbia. Registration of death, 1988-09-022015