Ella’s Story

Ella Maggie DrewThis is the autobiographical account of the life of Ella Maggie Drew, (formerly Hamilton), covering the period from her birth in 1900 util December 1990 when this account was dictated at her home in Shoscombe, Somerset. Ella died in November 1997 at St. Martins Hospital, Bath, Somerset, England.


  1. Rhona Peddle said,

    October 14, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    I’m Ella Drew’s great niece, my mum is the daughter of Ella’s brother Albert (Sonny). Through my mum’s parents divorce she lost contact with her Hamilton side of the family. I am trying to trace them, we visited Shoscombe in july 2008 mum remembered going there as a child visiting Ella when she was at the Apple Tree Inn. I would love to hear from any of my relations, mum (Sonia) is now 80.

  2. Mandy Drew (now Macmillan-Bell) said,

    September 18, 2009 at 7:15 am

    Hi Rhona,

    I just found this when I went online to look for my family tree for my daughter. Ella is my Grandmother and I knew Uncle Sonny very well when I was young, I can’t remember when he died but I knew him for many years. I would love to hear from you and say hello to Sonia. Hope you read this.

    All the best, Mandy

  3. Rhona Peddle said,

    September 13, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Hi Mandy

    I cant believe I’ve just found this reply from you. I’d love to hear from you to, I so happy you know my Granddad Sonny, I would really love to hear about him. I’ve tried to find you on facebook with no success. If you pick this up please facebook me ‘Rhona Peddle’ or email rhona.p@btinternet.com.

    Regards, Rhona

    • Mandy Macmillan-Bell (nee Drew) said,

      October 2, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Hi Rhona, I am going to email you since I don’t have a facebook-just saw your reply tonight. I must visit the website more often. It is truly wonderful to have it, thanks to Paul. All the best, Mandy

      • Roger Horwood said,

        April 13, 2013 at 1:49 pm

        I am Roger Horwood and grew up in Shoscombe and knew Ella as an aunt.

  4. Rhona said,

    October 6, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Hi Mandy so happy you got my message! Look forward to your email :-)

  5. Peter Hamilton said,

    October 10, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Hello Rhona my name is Peter Hamilton, my father was Richard the brother of Sonny and Ella. I live in a small village in Wiltshire called Grittleton. Have been meaning to contact you, so here I am.

    • Rhona Peddle said,

      October 11, 2017 at 5:29 pm

      Hi Peter lovely to hear from, I didn’t know Sonny had a brother called Richard I only ever found Ella, Frank and Leonard! My mum Sonia (Sonny’s daughter), your cousin is 89 now and living in Bromley, Kent. She had 10 children, one unfortunately died 6 years ago now. I am her youngest daughter and I live in Beckenham, Kent with my husband, I have 2 boys and 1 granddaughter. Last year I was contacted through this site by my mum’s half sister Elaine’s daughter Jackie, we have meet up once, which was lovely, seeing they hadn’t seen each other in over 60 years. We are actually meeting up again on Saturday. I don’t know if you ever knew of my mum or her sister Elaine? x

  6. Peter Hamilton said,

    November 3, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Hello Rhona just read your message from 11th October, there was also a sister named Dora she was the baby of the family. My father was the Headmaster of the school in Castle Combe in Wiltshire, I remember Sonny coming down to see us when I was a youngster back in the late 50s. Somewhere i have a photograph of them all when Leonard came over from America it made the local press in Somerset. I will try and look it out for you. I do not remember your mother but I seem to remember your mother had a brother who sadly died. Hope this has been of some help to you. X

    • Rhona Peddle said,

      December 4, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      Hi Peter sorry it’s taken so long to reply! Yes I’d love to see any pictures you have! I’m now in contact with my mum’s half sister Elaine and her two daughters after thinking I’d never find her, I’m so happy! Elaine was a twin and it was her twin Micheal who sadly died in the bath at the age of 14 I believe. My my Sonia is Sonny’s oldest daughter from his first marriage, unfortunately they lost contact when my mum was about 17, that’s probably why you can’t remember her! It’s so nice to find another member of the Hamilton family! I’ve just accepted your Facebook request, that will make it easier to message each other! Rhona x

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