In Memory Of ...
Amy Wilkes
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.


The newspaper clipping above is of workers from the plant being collected from Lickey End in an open top lorry during the bus strike of July 1957. William is the one seated on the far right in the flat cap and glasses.

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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