Wilkins - Beatrice May (11/11/1903 - 13/10/1993)

May, as she was later known was christened Beatrice May at Holy Trinity Church, Weymouth in Dorset on the 4th December 1903. She was the middle child of 3, 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 had died. May did not have any children but was very fond of her siblings children and grandchildren. 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 his home. Her mother died in 1965. 

May’s older sister was Winifred Agnes Wilkins and her younger brother was William George Wilkins. 

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. 

May became one of Weymouth’s most respected typing and shorthand teachers, giving pupils lessons from her home. 

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

May continued to live at 2 Newclose Gardens, until near the end of her life, when she was finally admitted to a care home after a brief illness. 

Photograph Album of Beatrice May Wilkins

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