Walter and Arthur’s father came to Micheldever from Curdridge in 1921. He was a thatcher as was Bill another brother of Arthur – a big family with several more brothers and sisters. Their mother came from Longparish.
Walter Frederick Whitear - married to Molly.
Molly ran the parish Poppy Appeal 1976-1988 including collections at all three churches and a whist drive.
Arthur Clarence Whitear.
Fred’s brother, Geoff’s uncle. He was an Ammunition Technician/Operative in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. At West Moors Ammunition Depot, he was in an explosion 1941. He had exchanged duties with a friend who needed to go on Compassionate Leave.
See War Memorial and Supplementary Information
Fred and Molly Whitear's children:
1. Geoffrey - National Service Royal Army Service Corps – 1954-57.
Long distance driver for Southampton firm.
Cricketer. Footballer and North Hants football referee, Bell ringer
m. Jill Viney – see Mansbridge Family
Parish Councillor - see photo
WI President – See WI in History/Groups;
Pre-school Play Group Supervisor.
2. Robert (Bob)
3. Tony – son Martyn - keeps family archive and genealogy
War Memorial WWII - Arthur Clarence Whitear
Fred and Molly Whitear at the Grave of Arthur Clarence Whitear at Damerham 1986
Fred Whitear War Service Pioneer Corps
Visit of Mayor of Winchester (Mrs Shore) to Micheldever about 1976 Front – Jill (Parish Councillor); Mr Shore (husband of Mayor); Mrs Edith Bassett (old guest); Mrs Shore (Mayor) Mary Alcock (young guest); Queenie Withers (looking after Mrs B) Rear - Ron Durrant (Chairman of PC); Mrs Lonsdale; Fred Messenger (East Stratton).