Family Information

Uncle Derek was one of the Few and also one of the earliest casualties in the Battle of Britain,planes.gif (8501 bytes) his Hurricane aircraft being shot down, and Derek wounded by bullets. He recovered and fought again with squadron 151 for the remainder of the Battle. The following January he spent 5 months defending Malta as Squadron Leader with 261 during the worst fighting there during which he wrote a diary and talked about his pony and trap "Lady", and dog "Lucky" and how he used to take his girlfriend Battle of Britain"Patsy" on picnics on his days off from the horrific fighting.
They were totally outnumbered by the Hun.
Most of his companions were killed.
                
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Derek
Derek

Derek & Dad
Derek & Dad

Derekwith pony & trap
Derek

Aunty Amy is still going strong at 96 and living happily in Oxford.
Amy was awarded the MBE for a lifetime of service to the Home Office where she was head librarian. 
She is also a lace-maker extraordinaire and until very recently a guide at the Ashmolian Museum.
She also plays a mean game of Scrabble.

Amy Armitage Gough
Amy Armitage Gough MBE

Despatch of Peter the Home Office Cat
"Top Cats prefer the Times"
Read Article Here

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Amy & cousins Wyn & Helen

My brother Jonathan Whittingham now lives on Vancouver Island, Canada with wife Jessica.
He is a master carpenter.

Jon & Sylvan
Brother Jonathan
and Sylvan


My niece Johanna with sons Jakob and Eli

Jon & Jessica
Jon & Jessica

My nephew Sam (Jack’s grandson), became the "fastest man on the planet" when he beat Jason Queally on his "Diablo" recumbent bicycle in a challenge in Nevada.
(Press articles available).

Guiness Book of Records
See Entry
Guiness World Records 2005

Sam Whittingham
© Photograph John Cassidy
Nephew Sam Whittingham & "Diablo"

Sams Record
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My cousin Digby (Lt Col. Digby Willoughby MC) who taught me to
play the guitar when I was eleven died in St Morritz this week.

He had retired from running the famous "Cresta Run" in St Morritz for the past 25 years.
In 1961 he held the 2 man bob record in St Morritz;and in 1964 he was awarded the
MC for bravery in action in Borneo, and an MBE in 2003.
He will be sadly missed for his wonderful larger than life personality.

 Times obituary
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article1464486.ece

 

Digby with guitar

Digby receives his MBE

Digby with guitar

Digby receives his MBE

Jack’s daughter Sylvan (Whittingham) Mason is a professional photographer based in London
(see www.sylvanmason.com). She spent 23 years in the Corporate village at Wimbledon Tennis Championships. 15 of these exclusively for NBC Sports.
She is divorced from songwriter Barry Mason with whom she co-wrote the lyrics to hit songs "Delilah" (Composer Les Reed) and "Love Grows Where Rosemary Goes" (Composer Tony Macaulay) and, in 1972, her song "Following You Around" closed the Morecombe & Wise Show.
She has a daughter, Aimi Whittingham Mason, and granddaughters, Mia Whittingham Nicastro and Sofia Maria Whittingham Nicastro.

 
Aimi and Massimo

 
Sylvan with Thunderball Artwork


Sofia and Mia