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Pamela Higgins' Memories of Family Life During Wartime

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posted on 2024-06-05, 20:12 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

Pamela was born in 1934. She was a Girl Guide as a Blue Tit in Surrey in 1945.

Her father, William Walter Higgins, worked for Vickery, building ships. In 1926, he did a census in Ireland. The Irish Prime Minister, de Valera, wrote a letter thanking him. William was in the Machine Gun Corps during World War 1 as a 17-year-old boy. He lied about his age.

He was part of a civil protection group during World War 2. He got a shelter built at the foundation of his big, 7-bedroom house, but the house was never bombed.

Pamela's mother, Violet, was a housewife and hosted a paying guest.

William died when Pamela was eight years old. Violet married again. William wrote a will and transferred his property to Violet.


Item list and details

1. National ID, ration book and bank postbook 2. Girl Guide Blue Tit badge 3. Memoir

Person the story/items relate to

William Walter Higgins

Person who shared the story/items

Pamela Ponting

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor


Type of submission

Shared at Coventry Cathedral, Warwickshire on 9 September 2023.

Record ID

111267 | COV014