I knew that there was a link of some sort just from the Census returns before 1911 location, location ! A gut feeling, maybe from something said when I was young and visited Ernie And Edna Nicod with Dad or when they were at my Grandmothers, Edna’s sister. There were a lot of Morris family get togethers.
Strange, just today I have been in contact with the grandson of one of Grandmothers younger brothers who went to OZ.
It’s all the more important that, all but 1 out of 8 of the various branches of my family worked in Reyrolle’s.
As for the comment deciding to get out of Reyrolle’s in 1977, that’s when Dad decided to retire from his post as Chief Stores Officer due to ill heath starting and the strain of work.
He had told Ann & I in late 1968 to take the job that I had been offered in Harrogate. I relalized in later years that he sort of knew that there was going to be a decline in industry in Hebburn etc. He had contacts all over the place through work, police and others.
Unfortunately I do not know when he became the Chief Stores Officer. Putting together various comments from family etc., after he died, it had a great effect on him.
The stores dept in Reyrolle’s was the core of the business.
As I understood from what I was told. All raw materials were taken into the stores in various locations and would then go out to the workshops to be made into whatever and then these finished parts would be taken back into the stores and reissued to go into assembled items which could then go back into,the stores before final assembly or dispatch.
Remember that back then there was No Just In Time manufacture. Items were made on Piecework in Batches and stored until required. I do remember Dad saying that he was having great trouble in storing everything that was being made No Room. And was looking at ways to “sort it”.
My cousin Elsie who worked for Dad told me that he and his staff managed to get the production / final assembly of larger items down to what we now call just in time so that he didn’t have to find storage for them.
She said that the girls in her department would ask her what was this on a “job” sheet and off she went to ask Dad, her Uncle what it was, usually he could say straight away or in a short while. She said that the knowledge came from working in the assembly shops as he worked his way up.
I once asked him what was the value of the stuff in his stores in around the early 80’s, some Hugh figure 10’s of millions.
The above is based on what the members of my wider family said over the years and I hope my memory is right.
In writing this I now realise why Dad seemed to know everybody in Reyrolle’s and Hebburn. I suppose just due to wider family, work. Police and various other things he got himself involved in. He always seemed to be out at some meeting or other 2 or 3 nights a week later in life.
All this stuff that I write goes into a file for a Campbell Family History document that I am going to write just like Davy Cram did. Only hope I can get up,to a small. Part of the standard he did.
Thanks for the info. And goodnight.
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