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Pathe Gems - May Whitley

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    Britain has produced some wonderful factual items on film along with the great works of fiction. You can find all sorts of oddities and fascinating stories from the newsreels. It has ever been thus.

    One that came to my attention a few years ago is the work of Miss May Whitley and her partner Mr Charles Cawker. She is a sweet, eloquent and rather delightful young lady who describes and performs martial arts self-defence take-downs on her attacker in the style of a tutorial. They are described as performing at the Trocadero Restaurant in London.

    This page has collected what may be the only remaining details about her life... and it isn't much. I found her adorable and will always wonder how she came to be an expert in jujutsu and what became of her.