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Pictured here with Marion in the garden of Pargeter Road, as the horror that became the First World War began in the summer of 1914.

He was the first child of Percy Walter Winchurch, an established garage proprietor and Marion (nee Brown), who had owned her own millinery business in Birmingham.

This had a rather chequered life in terms of reliability, but played no small part in my own future interest in sound reproduction and electronics, not to mention music and opera.

Vic also bought book and record cabinets made by Minty of Oxford.

The family lived in Pargeter Road in Smethwick, within walking distance of what Marion always referred to as ‘the Place’ – Winchurch Brothers Motors, in Sandon Road.

The business had been established in 1905, by Percy and Roland, his younger brother, in Ladypool Road, Moseley and moved to new premises in Bearwood around 1912.

I do know that Percy had misgivings about his abilities, both in practical and managerial roles, with particular regard to a future in Winchurch brothers.

He was there when war broke out in September 1939, but left in December 1940 to move back to his parents’ home.By the time Vic was born, the business was thriving and both Percy and Roland seem to have prospered during the war years.One episode of note is that Percy appeared at Kings Heath Police Court on 21 November 1916 charged with ‘not obscuring headlights’ on 29 October 1916, for which he was fined 10 shillings.Record sleeves with the Woodhouse name printed on them were common in his collection.Mr and Mrs Woodhouse had three attractive daughters, Mabel, Nina and Dora, plus a son, Ken.

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