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both my parents worked for joseph lucas,can any one remember them.my mom dolly kettle worked at plume st and then at gt hampton st . my dad worked at several of the lucas sites but was killed at work in dec 1966 at the shaftsmoor road site.
H Polly, I was a M/c Toolfitter in BW5, if my memory is good there was a problem on a new Power Press, and the M/C Tool Examiner was doing an acceptance test which Lucas did on all new M/C`s and there was problem with the stroke and he looked into the M/C gap where the press tools go and the ram came down and caused his death, we all knew each other in the different factories, BW3,BW4 and BW5 and we were absolutely devastated when we were told of his death, he was a popular man.
Hello Polly & a Very well done to lencops, Excellent stuff m8,,
Polly if you need the details for Death Registration, Sadly, here it is.
Edward L Kettle age 49 Registered B,ham 9c page 48 in
the Jan/Feb/March Quarter of 1967.
Certificate available at B,ham Reg Office (£7)
Best Regards & in Honour to Edward L kettle,
dear lencops thanks for the info.i was only 15 at the time and can not remember most of the details.i know it came to court in 1970 .i was an only child so i am trying to fill in all of my family history for my two sons both born in australia.thanks again lencpos for your time and trouble.
Hello again, Polly, do you remember a German born engineer named Herman? but who lived in England he used to come to BW5 and i was always with him when he came to do a m/c service, he always went over BW4 to see your Dad who he refered to as his good friend, he may have visited your house, i think he said he and your Dad had dinner together but it may have been in a restaurant, he came a good while after your Dad had died, i thought he knew, but he did not i told him what had happened and he was in deep shock at what had happened, if i remember any more i will post it. Len.
hi lencops ,i do remember herman very well he visited our house a few times.i remember asking him how he got "over the wall" and he just laughed.one night we went out leaving the dog in the house,it was bonfire night and the dog chewed up the cushions on the settee.mom,aunty and uncle got back before dad, herman and myself,mom was so upset they quickly got up all the stuffing and uncle bert had to sit on the chewed cushon the rest of the night while herman was there .every time he went to get up to go to the tiolet aunty pushed him back down.i,d never seen my uncle move so fast when herman left.
hi lencops me again, do you remember i think his name was doug day ,harold mew? and another friend of dads who had a son who was deaf and dumb.dad was involved with the lucas car club.did you ever go,we used to go to cannock chase for the rally and time trials.once a year we would go from snowhill station to prestatin( not sure thats the right spelling) holiday camp with the car club,did you go on these trips?
Hi Polly, No i was not a member of the car club, but i did go to Cannock to watch the Banger & Stock Car racing with my Wife & Son, i will have a think about those other names, and thicko me i have only just realised why you were known as Polly, "Polly put the Kettle on", we used to sing that when i was a kid pre WW2!!, pleased you remembered Herman, his Wife was English and they lived in Cheshire, any more info i will be in touch. Len.
dear lencops ,i do remember a tony ,did he play cricket or rugby for lucas?.i went alot with my dad to watch various lucas sporting teams.i also went with my uncle to pick up his car from shaftmoor lane when he died and a few men came out to see me and i think one of those was called tony .
I saw Tony at Solihull Hospital, his Wife was having a checkup, and we went through our memories, Tony was an apprentice in BW5 Works Engineers and later in his apprenticeship was put with Ernie Stowe our M/C Examiner, when he finished his apprenticeship he transfered to BW4, he was a cricketer and rugby player i think, he was a very nice young man and was the same way when he got older, i am pretty sure he shared an office with your Dad, Len.
I have come across this photo of my late Mother in Law when she worked at Lucas on Lighting. I had assumed it was Shaftmoor Lane but looking again wonder (looking at the benching) if it may have been taken at Forman's Road. Grace Pagett Née Emery was at one time involved in training until she left to have her baby (My first Wife).
Grace is the third lady [going backwards] standing just right of centre.