Beatrice May Wilkins

Born on the 11th November 1903, May as she was later to became known, was christened Beatrice May at Holy Trinity Church, Weymouth in Dorset on the 4th December 1903. Her parents were George Sidney Wilkins and Emily Eliza Wilkins (nee Titheridge).

May never married and lived with her parents at 2 Newclose Gardens, Weymouth, where she continued to live after they both died. Her father died in 1944 after being accidently killed by some falling bricks, whilst picking roses for his wife in a previously bombed site, opposite their home. Her mother died in 1965. 

May was one of three children; her older sister was Winifred Agnes Wilkins and her younger brother was William George Wilkins. Whilst she did not have any children of her own May was very fond of her siblings' children and grandchildren and spent quite a lot of time with them.

May was very fond of animals and had a dog named Patch. During her teenage years she was involved with the early Girl Guiding movement, and was involved in many camping activities. 

For most of her working life May ran a typing and shorthand school from her house in Weymouth and became one of the towns most respected typing and shorthand teachers. She received many awards, one of which is shown in the photo album of this memorial.

In 1940, during World War 2,  May made her home hospitable to two Free French soldiers supporting the Resistance in occupied France.  Some years after the war was over, they came back to Weymouth to thank her for her help and kindness. 

May continued to live at Newclose Gardens in Weymouth until near the end of her life, she finally moved into a care home after a fall and a brief illness. May died in Weymouth on 13th October 1993, aged 89.


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