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February 14, 2013
While researching his family's wartime service, Bob Windsor discovered
it was not as rare as first thought, Sharon Palmer reports.
One family's commitment
WHILE stories about sib-
lings serving in defence
forces often appear in
media, rarely these days
is it more than two or three brothers
or sisters. However, large families of
10, 12, and even 15 children were not
uncommon in the early 1900s.
In researching his family history,
Bob Windsor, of the UK, discovered
a Guinness World Record on the wall
of one of his uncle's houses, which
showed that not only had Bob's father,
Albert, served in WWII but also eight
of his brothers. Amazingly, all nine
George and Martha Windsor had
13 sons and three daughters. George,
Charles and Albert fought in WWI
where Charles was killed in action.
George and 10th child Alfred could
not enlist for WWII as they were
involved in vital munitions production.
Bob said he soon discovered
the record wasn't as rare as he first
While he was researching, he
happened upon the story of Ron
Drummond and his eight brothers
who also all fought in WWII and sur-
vived, which appeared in Navy News
in November 2005.
"After I found the record at my
uncle Wally's house and learnt the
extent of my father and his brother's
involvement, we got a fair bit of pub-
licity," he said.
"I knew my father and uncle served
He discovered how Albert -- 41
when he enlisted -- signed up at the
same time as Jim, 37, Harry, 35, Bill,
33, Arthur, 31, Tom, 30, Dick, 27, Sid,
23 and Wally, 18.
Albert and three brothers served in
the Army, four served in the RAF and
Dick served in the Royal Navy.
"A spokesman from the Guinness
Book of Records was interviewed on
television shortly after and said there
were in fact a further two families that
shared this record," Bob said.
"He said a family named Lewtas
from Liverpool and a family named
Drummond from London were the
other record holders."
Bob discovered the youngest
Drummond, Ron, had served in both
the Royal Navy and the RAN after he
immigrated to Australia after the war.
"Your article told a similar story
to that of my family and I thought it
would be great if I were able to some-
how get in touch with Ron or someone
from his family," he said.
Ron Drummond's story can be
found at www.defence.gov.au/news/
Bob lives with his wife Meg in
the village of Six Mile Bottom in
Cambridgeshire and can be contacted
PROUD HISTORY: Bob Windsor
holds the Guinness World Record
certificate his family shares for the
most siblings to serve in WWII.
Top L-R: Albert, Jim, Harry, Bill,
Arthur, Tom, Dick, Sid and Wally
Windsor. Right, the Navy News
article from 2005.
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