Re: Reyrolles men. Names wanted please
Posted by Allan Campbell on April 27, 2022, 9:42:29, in reply to "Reyrolles men. Names wanted please"
Number 4 seems familiar as I think he’s on another of my photos of Dad. Dad was at that time the Chief Stores Officer and no. 4 May also have been senior staff. |
I note Dad wearing his Sandals plus loud trousers.
He retired in 1977 I think that he was starting to have health problems but also he disagreed with some of the management decisions that were being made about the future.
As Ann & I had moved to Harrogate. In 1969 I was not aware what was going on.
I think a lot of our parents kept things hidden from the children.
Dad started in Reyrolle’s in 1928 as an apprentice electrical fitter and worked with the outside teams on Dunston and Stella power stations I think.
He worked in the bottom end wiring up electrical panels, became a charge-hand then a foreman then I think shop manager.
I have no idea how he worked his way up to be the Chief Stores Officer. I know he went to college in Newcastle for some years.
He once told me that the value of all the stores contents was about £75M as I recall. It took me some time to get my head around that figure.
The stores held the basic raw materials which went in and out being worked on before being assembled into the final switchgear etc.
I remember him saying that he was having massive problems getting storage space for all the materials etc. Plus finished equipment awaiting delivery to customers. Added to that was being able, due to the huge amount of workshop stores to be able to keep track of what they had and where it was located.
A concern was items were being manufactured in the workshops when he had ample amounts in his stores and also the reverse. No computers in those days.
One of my cousins worked in the stores offices and when a mix up occurred with the identity etc. of something on the paper work the girls would ask her to check with her Uncle, my Dad. He would know what it was or where to get the correct info.
I assume that he got up into higher management in Reyrolle’s by the people he knew as well as his own efforts.
There is a photo of St. John’s cub scouts that I gave to Norman. Along with Dad there is at least one other lad who became very senior in Reyrolle’s.
I found myself that contact that I had made in my early working years opened doors for me in later life. The way of the world !