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My sister met her husband working at West Bromwich firm

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: March 30, 2014

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RE your George Salter article in The Bugle (March 6 edition).

My brother-in-law, Jack Longville, went to George Salter's in 1931 aged 14 years. He worked in the tool room, eventually being put in charge of it.

After working there for 50 years, he was given a certificate for long service and also a gold watch. He retired in 1982 aged 65.

My sister Gladys went to work at George Salter's in January 1934 aged 14 years. She stayed for 12 years until after the end of the war.

Before the war the firm used to run day trips for the workers. My sister and her work friends went to Blackpool for the day in 1935 when she was 16 years old. Jack and his mates went on the same coach, they all got on very well.

By the time they arrived back Jack had asked my sister to go out with him which resulted two years later in an engagement, then two more years after that, a wedding.

George Salter helped to bring about one happy marriage. I myself went to Commercial College to learn shorthand, typewriting and book-keeping. I then went to join George Salter in the general offices.

My boss was Mr Philip Bache, he was a good boss to work for and a very nice man.

I could stay for only two years because being an unmarried girl and not working in the factory doing war work, I was not exempt from conscription into the A.T.S. when I became 18 years old, so instead I joined the Women's Land Army. I left in January 1943 and was away until 1946.

Sadly Jack, my sister, also my husband, have all passed away. I am alone with my memories.

Gwendoline Bird,

(nee Young),

1 Worcester Close,


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