Page 6.   SD Enthusiasts' Club Newsletter - Spring 2022.



Sadly we have to announce the deaths of four former SD employees.

Colin Pierson.

We were sorry to hear that Colin Pierson died on 19th December 2021. Colin was an SD apprentice who married a Danish young woman and settled in Denmark. In the 1970’s he was instrumental in securing orders for S&D in Denmark from Bent Stage. The story appeared in an SD Newsletter Extra in April 2020. Colin is on the left in the above photo. On your behalf I have offered our condolences to his family.

Mick Hall.

Valerie Withy (née Hitch) informed me of the sudden death of Mick Hall in February. Mick was an SD apprentice who later worked in the Machine Shop. He was a keen sportsman playing hockey, golf and cricket for Barley C.C., the same village team that Val’s husband, Dirk, played for. In later years he became involved in the local Bowls Club. He was a very kind man and Val remembers how when he saw her struggling with a heavy box he carried it home for her.

Terry Sturgeon

Roger Morisroe informed me that Terry Sturgeon passed away in early February. Terry was an apprentice in the early 1950’s. He was one of the last to do National Service, and served in the RAF.

George Finch

Shirley Finch advised me that her father George Finch, a wood machinist at Shelvokes for many years, died 7th June 2021 at the age of 93. Shirley included her contact details that I can pass on to anyone who knew George. On your behalf I have offered condolences to Shirley and to her mother, George’s wife Ann Finch.

What’s this flower planter doing here?

A correspondent who prefers to remain anonymous told me that when the teak floor boards that were taken up when the S&D boardroom was knocked down, someone rescued them and they were stored in his garage for years. When he was having a clear out a few were passed on. “It was a shame to let such lovely pieces of wood go to waste so I have made a couple of flower troughs.”


Thanks are due to Barrie Woods, Roger Morrisroe and Martin Blatch for writing in about the photo shown in the last issue of the Newsletter. They weren’t unanimous in their recognition of the people shown and this is the result of their replies.

Shown L. to R. :- Keith Jackson, John Gill (Production Director), Not Known, Alan Morris, Not Known, and Richard (Dick) Ryeland.

The Comet Newspaper 3rd February 2022.

The Comet newspaper which covers the Letchworth area carried an article by Josh Tidy a Local historian and Heritage Manager with Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation, with a brief history of Shelvoke & Drewry and an advertisement for the proposed exhibition opening in September and running until 30th November.


We were sorry to learn that the Classic Refuse Trucks Website based in the U.S.A. is no longer available. We will keep you informed of the situation.


Your Editor has re-worked this file into a format which he thinks is more attractive and easier to consult. It can be found If you CLICK HERE.


Having recently re-visited the website :- it was evident that recently a lot of additional information has been added. For those with an interest in the history of S&D it makes interesting reading – including his conviction for driving a motor-car to the danger of the public in Hitchin. And ‘no’ it wasn’t an SD Freighter! - before you ask.


In mid February a Newsletter Extra was published to mark the start of the year in which we shall celebrate the centenary of the founding of Shelvoke & Drewry Ltd. As sometimes happens it was felt that there was far too much material to hand to accommodate in a timely manner in the regular quarterly Newsletters. The Extra issue included the Editor’s opinion on the top ten achievements of S&D. Your comments on that list will be greatly appreciated. You will find Newsletter Extra No. 7 if yuou CLICK HERE.


News has come in about some surviving vehicles.

This photo appeared on Facebook saying the tanker had arrived in a scrap yard near Biggleswade.

Your Editor recognised it as HYD 719 D a 1966 ‘T’ type that had spent many years with SKF at Luton. Later it appeared on a auction site for auction on 16th February. Described as a She Lung Drewery!

Tommy Moore sent this historic photo of Peter Johnston’s PN Revopak ex- Isle of Man arriving in Belfast. Tommy wrote to say that the Revopak is still getting the wiring loom fitted, some loose ends to tidy up, the radiator is also fitted. Work continues on the Gully Emptier KLK 464 K.

From Bristol Aled Rees sent in this photo of his 1974 NY Revopak re-imported from Malta. The engine has been removed for overhaul as restoration continues on the vehicle.


As usual this Newsletter has only been made possible by the generosity of my readers in sending in news and information. I am especially grateful to Gary Sugden, and Mike Mullarkey, for their memories of working at SD, and to Steve Jones and Trevor Wood for their input. Also to Chris Holt for agreeing to my use of her late husband, John Holt's SD memories. Also a big ‘Thankyou’ to those who have posted in our Facebook Group and who have sent in photos. It’s such a privilidge to be your Editor. Brian

The Shelvoke & Drewry Enthusiasts' Club Newsletter is published four times a year on 1st March, 1st June, 1st September and 1st December. Items for inclusion may be e-mailed to me at: pinnerboy[at]

Next issue:- Summer 2022 will be published on 1st June 2022.

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