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Robert Cecil Westaway

by his daughter Elaine Westaway

Dad was born Robert Cecil Westaway on 13th December 1918 in the Earls Court area of London he was the first of four children born to :-

Violet Ethel Coles and Francis Westaway (not sure if he had a middle name or not) known as Frank. Frank was an early entrepreneur and had many businesses (all of which he got tired of and shut down) these included one of the earliest automobile repair garages in London.As a child Dad drove around London in some of the swankiest cars of the 1920s including Morgans, Bristols and Rolls Royce. He attended Kensington Central School for boys but was not academically minded and was taught to type there in the hope that he might follow a career in someting clerical, he left school at the age of 15 and went to work for an insurance company as a clerk. In 1940 he was called up for service in WWII and served the next 6 years in the 8th Army under Montgomery, seeing active service in Eygpt, Syria, Libia, Italy, Norway, Belgium, Cyprus, Malta and Holland as well as the African campaign and El Alemein.

He met my mother, who was then a fiesty Scottish teenager serving in the Royal Signals at the MI5 headquarters in Pall Mall as a telephonist, in early 1944 and they were married on her 20th birthday in March 1945. Dad then returned to civvy street and worked in variousfinancial institutions culminating in 20 years service for the Bank of Scotland at their London Headquarters in Liverpool Street. He and my mum were married for just short of 45 years, brought to an end only by her untimely death in January 1991 at the age of 65. They had a son David Malcolm born 31 Dec 1946 and a daughter Linda Ann born May 13 1960 (she died in July 1960) and I was adopted by them in 1963.

After his retirement in 1985 dad decided to trace his Westaway family tree and recorded this in the book, The Westaway Chronicle. He only traced the male line with the Westaway name, but his mother's family (the Coles) were also from Devon. Violet's father was Robert Coles and he was from Honiton in Devon, her mother Edith Clara Cripps came from the Windsor area and she was a housemaid whilst Robert was a groom in service near Maidenhead and that's how they met. I believe my grandmother Violet was also in service when she met my grandad Frank Westaway she was a lady's maid in Earls Court.I attach a couple of photos of Violet Coles, one aged about 40 and the other taken to mark her engagment to Frank Westaway about 1916

Elaine Westaway - February, 2006

(Many thanks to Elaine for sharing this with us)

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