A Centenarian Looks Back: The Memoirs of William Rigg

A Centenarian Looks Back: The Memoirs of William Rigg

By: Maggie Rigg (author), Chris Newton (editor)Paperback

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William Rigg was born into a humble Cumbrian family in 1911, eventually becoming one of 13 children. His mother died when he was three and by the age of five he was having to put up with a stepmother's bullying. Often sleeping three in a bed and sharing shoes with his siblings because there weren't enough pairs to go round, he scarcely knew what it was to eat a decent meal. He would scrounge leftovers, steal turnips and potatoes to supplement the family menu and eat hawthorn and nettle leaves from the hedgerows. A bright child, he had to pass up the chance to go to grammar school because his parents couldn't afford the uniform. Despite all this Bill grew up healthy, happy and fulfilled, serving with honour in France, Italy, Austria and North Africa in the Second World War, impressing employers in a variety of jobs from farm work and roadmending to process work at a nuclear power plant, and raising a happy and successful family. This book is published as Bill and his family celebrate his one hundredth birthday.

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William Rigg was born into a humble Lancashire family in 1911, the fourth in a family which would eventually grow to 13 children. After his mother died when he was three his father remarried, and he had to endure his stepmother's favouritism and bullying. Often sleeping three in a bed and sharing shoes with his siblings because there weren't enough pairs to go round, young Bill scarcely knew what it was to eat a decent meal. He would scrounge leftovers, steal turnips and potatoes to supplement the family menu and eat hawthorn and nettle leaves from the hedgerows. When the chance came to go to grammar school, he had to turn it down because his parents couldn't afford to buy him a uniform. Despite all this Bill grew up healthy, happy and fulfilled, impressing employers in a variety of jobs from farm work and road mending to process work at a nuclear power plant, and raising a happy and successful family. He also served with honour in France, Italy, Austria and North Africa in the Second World War. Bill celebrates his hundredth birthday on June 29th this year (2011).

Contents

Chapter 1 A Cumbrian childhood Page 1 Chapter 2 Poverty and survival Page 7 Chapter 3 A stepmother's cruelty Page 12 Chapter 4 Classroom and playground Page 19 Chapter 5 Nellie and Bill Page 24 Chapter 6 A working man Page 29 Chapter 7 Driver Rigg 2125235 Page 38 Chapter 8 Peace and homecoming Page 48 Chapter 9 After the war Page 52

Product Details

  • publication date: 29/05/2011
  • ISBN13: 9781908223098
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 84
  • ID: 9781908223098
  • weight: 250
  • ISBN10: 190822309X

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