|Wilbert Vere Awdry|
Awdry in May 1988
|Born||15 June 1911
Ampfield, Hampshire, England
|Died||21 March 1997
Rodborough, Stroud, Glouchestershire, England
|Occupation||Anglican cleric, railway enthusiast, author|
|Education||Marlborough House School
St Peter's Hall, Oxford
Wycliffe Hall, Oxford
(m. 1938–1989; her death)
The Reverend Wilbert Vere Awdry, OBE (15 June 1911 – 21 March 1997), was an English Anglican cleric, railway enthusiast, and children's author. Better known as the Reverend W. Awdry, he was the creator of Thomas the Tank Engine, the central figure in his acclaimed Railway Series.
Awdry was born on 15 June 1911 in Ampfield, Hampshire, England. He was raised in Box, Wiltshire, England. Awdry was educated at Marlborough House School, Sussex (1919–24), Dauntseys School, West Lavington, Wiltshire (1924–9); St Peter's Hall, Oxford (BA, 1932), and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.
He was married to Margaret Awdry from 1938 until her death in 1989. They had three children, Christopher Awdry, Hilary Fortnum and Veronica Chambers. Awdry died on 21 March 1997 in Rodborough, Stroud, Gloucestershire, England from natural causes, aged 85.
References[change | change source]
- Belinda Copson, ‘Awdry, Wilbert Vere (1911–1997)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, Jan 2007 accessed 17 Aug 2010
Other websites[change | change source]
- Internet Archive: 'Original' Awdry Family Website – contains some information not available on the later site
- Internet Archive: Sodor Enterprises (publishing company) – Formerly www.sodor.co.uk (Dead link discovered April 2010)
- Wilbert Awdry at Find a Grave
- Rev. W. V. Awdry – Biography at the Official Awdry Family Website
- The Narrow Gauge Railway Museum, Tywyn, Gwynedd, Wales – Home of the Rev. W. V. Awdry's study