| In Memory Of ...
1898 - 1948
William Henry Wilkes
1892 - 1958
We remember our mother as a very quiet lady, whose life was a constant struggle. She always tried, when times were hard, to do the best for her three children. During the Second World War, food became scarce and rationing was implemented, she still managed to keep us all going. We use to work on the land, picking peas, potatoes, and sometimes fruit. This extra effort, and money, made a difference to our lives.
The photograph top left is of Amy as a young girl with her Grandmother and brother Arthur.
In 1943 our younger sister, Rita, was taken ill and died. This was the beginning of the end for Amy, she gave up. Due to a broken heart and eventual ill health she died prematurely at the age of 51. Her surviving children were Dennis, who was 22 at the time and Audrey, who was 19.
William was in the South Staffordshire Regiment during the First World War. His pleasures in peace time were fishing and bowling, for which he won many prizes. He was a founder member of the 'Lickey End Working Men's Club'.
He spent the majority of his working life at 'The Austin' car factory in Longbridge, Birmingham. 'The Austin' had a tradition of building good quality, solid, British cars.
It is poignant,that
at the time of writing William's eulogy, the factory that provided
him and his fellow workers, past and present, with the means of feeding
their families is now under threat of closure.
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