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Who are these winning First Aiders in Smethwick works team?

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: July 27, 2014

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BECAUSE of the way in which old peoples' minds wander, I was thinking about my favourite motorcycle, the Vincent Black Lightning.

This led me to the Brough Superior and to an old car which my family once owned - the Minerva. The next step was the Bean, manufactured by Harper and Bean, the original owners of Smethwick Drop Forgings Ltd., Rolfe Street, Smethwick where, in the early days of WWII, I worked in the laboratory (link: our clock was dashboard clock from a Bean car!)

All of this reminded me of a photo of our First Aid team which won the inter-works trophy in 1941. Does anyone know any of the people in this photo?

I am second from the left on the back row and I believe that one of the two men in front of me may have been Leslie Rupert Alan Whitehouse, the deputy chief chemist. Directly behind the cup was Mr Smith, the First Aid and Safety Officer and the tall man, behind him may have been either Mr Pennington or Mr Penning, one of whom was Works Director and the other would have been Managing Director.

Also, does anyone remember Joan Snape, who worked in the Works Office and whose family lived, I believe, at No. 2 Camp Lane, Handsworth?

I would appreciate any help from your readers.

Garvey Humphrey.


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