Clive Robin Enock (1930-)

Clive pictured during the 1950's (click to enlarge).[1]

Full name: Clive Robin Enock.

Date of birth: 1930.[2]
Birthplace: Acocks Green, Birmingham, England.[2]

Father: Robert Doeg Enock (1895-1967).[2]

Mother: Lilian Alma Enock(nee Bloxham) (1898-1981).[2]


Muriel Joyce Enock (1927-)

Hazel Mary Enock (1932-1998)

John Maxwell Enock (1938-)

Wife: June Enock (nee Rose) (1929-2019).[3]
Date of marriage: 1953.[3]
Place of marriage: Ward End, Birmingham, England.[3]


Clive Graham Enock (1954-)

Mark Enock (1964-).

1930-1935 - 34 (now 54), Dudley Park Road, Acocks Green, Birmingham, England. (Information on how I pinpointed this residence can be found here) - built between 1921-1924.[2]

Number 34 is second house from the left. Picture taken 1st May 2016 (click to enlarge).[7]

Dudley Park Road viewed from Warwick Road c1930. Number 34 is the third house up on the left (click to enlarge).[4]

Aerial view of Dudley Park Road c1950. Warwick Road runs along the bottom of the image. Number 34 is the fourth on the left going up Dudley Park Road (click to enlarge).[4]

1935-1939 - 74 Heaton Road, Solihull, Birmingham, England. Built between 1921 and 1936.[5]

'Whilst we lived in Solihull, our first detached house, Father boarded the loft and built a model railway (O gauge) on trestles which covered most of the available space up there. This was electrified by the inclusion of a third live rail, a popular method at that time. One particularly notable feature was a bridge that was a copy of one that spanned the Warwick Road in Olton, which we used to walk under every Sunday on our way to church.'

Number 74 as it appears now.[6]

1939 - 17, Ridgway Road, Barton Seagrave, Kettering, Northamptonshire, England.[7]

Lodging with Hayden and Kathleen Lock.

c1940-1946 - 21, Ridgway Road, Barton Seagrave, Kettering, Northamptonshire, England. Built c1939.[8]

'Soon after the outbreak of war in 1939, father had to move to the Stewarts & Lloyds plant in Corby and the family had to move to Barton Seagrave, on the outskirts of Kettering, not far from Corby.'

Number 21 pictured in November 2015 (click to enlarge).[9]

1946 - 34, Dudley Park Road, Acocks Green, Birmingham, England.[10]

'Father arranged for me to lodge with an aquaintance of his who lived in the same house as the family had, prior to moving to Solihull.'

c1950-c1952 - 586, Bromford Lane, Ward End, Birmingham, England.[10]

1953 - 99, Brook Hill Road, Ward End, Birmingham, England.[10]

1954-1955 - 308, Cooks Lane, Marston Green, Birmingham, England.[11]

November 1955 - March 1956 - 21, Ridgway Road, Barton Seagrave, Kettering, Northamptonshire, England.[10]

May 1956-1963 - 11, Falmouth Road, Ward End, Birmingham, England. Built between 1921 and 1937.[10]

1963-1985 - 106, Hundred Acre Road, Streetly, England. Built in 1963.[10]

1935-1936 - Eastbourne House School (now named Kimichi School), Yardley Road, Acocks Green, England.[10]

Fees per quarter: £3 3s. (worth the equivalent of £215 in 2018).

Progress described as quick.

1936-1939 - Ruckleigh School, Lode Lane, Solihull, Birmingham, England.[10]

Fees per quarter: 1936-37: £4 14s. 6d. (worth the equivalent of £315 in 2018), 1938-39: £5 15s. 6d. (worth the equivalent of £360 in 2018).

'My first school was a privately owned junior school, in Solihull, called Ruckleigh. It had only a few students.'

At school full time, progress described as good.

1939 - Solihull Grammar School, Solihull, Birmingham, England.[10]

'I passed the entrance examination for The Solihull School, a grammar school, but war broke out before I could take my place there.'

1940-1942 - Kettering Grammar School, Bowling Green Road, Kettering, Northamptonshire, England.[10]

'At the time [the outbreak of war], the London area was being evacuated, resulting in Kettering Grammar School being shared with a London school. As a consequence, I only attended school on a part time basis. This being entirely unsatisfactory to father, I was enrolled at a boarding school in Kimbolton School, Kimbolton, Huntingdonshire.'

Progress described as 'retrograde'. The school is now home to local government offices.

Wednesday 29th April 1942 - June 1946, Kimbolton Grammar School, High Street, Kimbolton, Huntingdonshire, England.[10]

Fees per annum: About £75 (worth the equivalent of £3,400 in 2018).

'Boarding school had its drawbacks, but also its advantages.'

'On completion of my form 5 year, I was quite pleased with my final academic achievement. I passed my School Certificate with exemption from matriculation, effectively the University entrance exam.

Because this was during the war, many of the teachers, almost without exception men, had been called up into the forces. However, this didn't seem to really matter too much and our education carried on almost as normal with teachers apparently having a wealth of experience.'

The old Kimbolton Grammar School pictured in November 2015 (click to enlarge) picture by Adam Enock.

On Tuesday, 9th July, 1946, Clive undertook a Cambridge University entry exam. There were seven subjects in total, which were, English language and literature, history (British and European), geography, French, mathematics and general science. Clive gained credits in each subject and gained matriculation.

After leaving Kimbolton, Clive started a five-year apprenticeship with the Nuffield Organisation.

1955 - Birmingham College of Technology.[10]

Studied for a National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering. Attended one day and three evenings a week. Passed examinations in Mathematics, Applied Mechanics and Heat Engines.

1956-1960 - Aston Technical College (part time).[10]

Higher National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering.

1956-1957 - Applied Mechanics and Strength of Materials, Heat and Hydraulics, Engineering Mathematics - PASSED.

1957-1958 - Strength of Materials, Theory of Machines, Applied Thermodynamics - PASSED.

1958-1959 - Automobile Engineering, Principles of Engineering - PASSED.

1959-1960 - Workshop Technology and Principles of Electricity - PASSED.

'The school had suggested that I might begin my career indentured to a solicitor. The suggestion was made to my father and not to me. However, my father claimed that I had always wanted to be an Engineer.'

1946-1951 - Nuffield Organisation (Apprenticeship). Wolseley Motors, Drews Lane, Ward End, Birmingham.[10]

Engineering Apprentice in the motor vehicle industry.[10]

'That arrangement had been set up for me by my father without consulting me.'

Tuesday, 1st January, 1951 - Tuesday, 3rd July, 1951 - re-indentured as a Company Apprentice learning the art of a Draughtsman.[10]

As part of the apprenticeship, Clive attended the Municipal Technical School on Suffolk Street, Birmingham for one day and three evenings a week.

'As an apprentice, I was to spend some time in almost all sections of the business.'

'I started off in the tool room, where jigs and gauges were made by hand, by well practised craftsmen.'

'I finished off my apprenticeship in the service department. This was fascinating and I learned a great deal about the workings of the car and its components and also how to best diagnose a fault. During this period I learned to drive and passed my driving test, thanks to the men in the service department.'

'I learned a lot things during my five year apprenticeship, but never really got to grips with the ‘hands on’ metal forming side of the business.'

'Towards the end of my apprenticeship, I was doing a job with one of the senior ex-apprentices in an office just outside the main offices. As fate would have it, I met up with one of the girls in the cost office. This was the girl who later became my wife.'

1951-1955 - Nuffield Organisation. Wolseley Motors, Drews Lane, Ward End, Birmingham.[10]
16th November 1953 - Service Department - £9 per week.[10]

1955-1956 - Stewart's & Lloyd's, Gretton Road, Corby, Northamptonshire, England.[10]

1956-1956 - Nuffield Organisation. Wolseley Motors, Drews Lane, Ward End, Birmingham.[10]

1956-c1959 - Guest, Keen & Nettlefold Ltd (G.K.N), Birmingham, England.[10]


1959-1963- J. Lucas Ltd.[10]

Development Engineer.

Monday 1st April 1963-c1968 - GACO in Erdington, Birmingham, England.[10]

Director of Designs.[10]

1968-c1996 Tucker Fasteners, 177 Walsall Road, Perry Barr, Birmingham, England.[10]

Applications Engineering Manager.[10]

Clive filed a couple of patents whilst working for Tucker Fasteners, they can be found here.

1st November 1951 - Thursday 29th October 1953 - Clive commenced national service in R.E.M.E. Clive became 'Craftsman' after passing his driving course, he later became tank instructor and Lance Corporal and was demobilised in York.[10]

1960's - Councillor representing the Streetly Ratepayers' Association.[10]

1960's - Chair of Governors - Streetly School.[10]

Chairman of the Library Committee.[10]


"Both fathers parents had died before I was born (Robinson Enock in 1909, Eleanor Amelia Enock was actually alive; she died in 1932) as was mothers father" (Charles Henry Bloxham passed away in 1925). At the time of Clive's birth, Eleanor lived at 45, Homecroft Road in Yardley, a two-mile walk from Dudley Park Road.[12]

"Mothers mother, Nana, I only knew for a year or two about which I remember virtually nothing. All I can picture is an old lady dressed in long dark clothes, but who seemed to be very fond of us children". Emily Bloxham passed away in 1936 aged 68 years. She lived at 309, Stockfield Road in Yardley, a 15 minute walk from Dudley Park Road. When the family moved to 74, Heaton Road in 1936, Emily went with them and remained there until she died on 4th, October.[12]

Extended Family.

"We never had much to do with relatives and as such I remember very little of any of them".[12]


It is likely that Clive would have have met his auntie Madge Wildridge. Between 1930 and 1935, she lived at 45, Homecroft Road in Yardley, a two-mile walk from Dudley Park Road. They wouldn't have been close as Madge and his father had a strained relationship. The move to Kettering at the start of WW2 would have made matters worse. Clive has never met his cousin, Ernie Wildridge.

Clive never met his auntie Amy as she emigrated to Australia in 1925. I believe he tried to establish contact with her in the 1960's to no avail.

According to Max, Joan Enock stayed with the family (c1937) when in teacher training and wrote a study of Clive. Clive has met several distant Enock relatives including Joe Enock and Derek Enock.

'I was reminded of an occasion many years ago, when your dad and two aunts (Muriel and Hazel) borrowed their fathers car and went in search of Enocks! It must be in the blood! They arrived somehow at my cousin Joseph's music studio in Ealing, where we were visiting, and we talked about Enocks a lot, and listened to music and so on and I remember Clive saying, as they left, "it's been so nice to meet so many Enocks!"' - Letter from Derek Enock to Graham Enock dated 26th April 1989.

Clive's father was in frequent contact with his mother's side of the family, therefore he may have met a few of the Wilsons.


Clive's mother was an only child and therefore had no close relatives.

1. Photo provided by Clive.

2. Birth certificate - Name: Clive R Enock - Mother's Maiden Surname: Bloxham - Date of Registration: 1930 Jul-Aug-Sep - Registration district: Birmingham S - Inferred County: Warwickshire - Volume Number: 6d - Page number: 154.

3. Marriage certificate - Name: Clive R Enock - Spouse Surname: Rose - Date of Registration: Oct-Nov-Dec [1953] - Registration district: Birmingham - Inferred County: Warwickshire - Volume Number: 9c - Page number: 414.

4. Picture taken from: http://aghs.jimdo.com/dudley-park-road/

5. Addresses taken from Electoral rolls, and letters.

6. Taken from www.rightmove.co.uk.

7. 1939 war register - www.findmypast.co.uk.

8. Clive tells me the family moved here in 1940, his father, Robert, passed away here in 1967.

9. Picture by Adam Enock.

10. All information provided by Clive (interviews, and various documents).

11. Graham Enock's birth certificate.

12. Taken from an interview with Clive.