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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.

History

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

Father

Type of submission

Shared at Coventry Cathedral, Warwickshire on 9 September 2023.

Record ID

111267 | COV014