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Lt. Colonel William Price Drury

Lt. Colonel William Price Drury, who claimed London's Drury Lane to be named after his family, enjoyed a reputation as a playwright of several West End successes. He also wrote popular novels, some with a Saltash setting. Born in Plymouth, he served in the Royal Marines, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and there is a Drury Room containing memorabilia in Plymouth's Stonehouse barracks. Mayor of Saltash 1929-31, he wrote pageant plays that attracted crowds to the town and was responsible for reviving the ancient Saltash Fair. He was made a Freeman of Saltash in 1935 and lived in Culver Road.


 

Anne Glanville

Anne Glanville. A champion oarswoman, she acquired her rowing skills pulling the family boat to Devonport market. Between 1830 and 1850 she led a team of Saltash oarswomen at regattas throughout Britain and France, reputedly unbeaten by women and seldom beaten by men. She met, and was admired by, some of the highest in the land and helped gig racing to develop into the popular sport that it is today. A true "Watersider", she had at least twelve children, some of whose descendents still live in the Westcountry.


 

William Odgers, V.C.

William Odgers, V.C., born in Falmouth, enlisted in the Royal Navy in 1852. In 1860 he was one of the first "other rankers" to win the V.C. established four years earlier, and the first to win it through action in New Zealand. Following a cutlass charge on a stockade at Waireka Hill, Odgers hauled down the Maori colours. Having been invalided out, he served as a licensee at the "Union Inn" until his death in 1873. His Saltash-born widow survived him and his descendants continue to live locally.


 

John Henry Martin was born in Camberwell, London. He established his reputation as an artist in Newlyn but moved to Plymouth in 1883 as the Newlyn School became established. He settled in Old Ferry Road, Saltash in 1897 where he painted a number of local scenes depicting the old Saltash Waterside buildings, later destroyed by war and post war redevelopment. Some of his works are held by the town council. He is buried in St. Stephens churchyard.


 

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