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Wartime Memories of Ben Whitehouse's Family

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

The contributor's sister-in-law wrote a memoir in 1991 about her time as a schoolgirl. Ilvis Factory was near her house. Her name is Janet E Manton (nee Dogget). Janet studied at Barr's Hill Grammar School, Coventry.

His wife Ann Whitehouse's father, John Davis, was a recued [sic] turner. John's brother was George Davis. He died due to tonsilitis in Egypt. George was a corporal in the army.

The contributor's father, Arthur Whitehouse, was a Coventry policeman and served during the blitz. He also guarded factories. He was conscripted to India for three years (1943-1946). He was posted in the military police at the Red Fort, New Delhi. He was a regimental Sergeant Major. His wife, Hilda, mothered three kids.

The contributor's house was bombed. Both he and his wife Ann were born after the war, in 1947 and 1949 respectively. All these stories have been passed down.


Item list and details

1. Memoir of war by sister-in-law 2. School picture of Janet

Person the story/items relate to

Ben Whitehouse's family

Person who shared the story/items

Ben Whitehouse

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor


Type of submission

Shared at Coventry Cathedral, Warwickshire on 9 September 2023.

Record ID

98057 | COV010