Condor nickname (supplied by Johnny Lee) - 'Bridget'
Married to Ursula
Children: Nicholas (Nick) aged 40, Rebecca (Becky) aged 37
Now living in Colchester, Essex
AT CONDOR: 06/01/1950 - 12/52
Left RN: 16/10/1953 (Invalided out following treatment and operations for
TB of the kidney)
"I went straight into Haslar Hospital
from HMS DAEDALUS in January 1953, before I could even set foot on HMS
INDOMITABLE, thereby missing out on the trip to Malta.
E.N. Mason & Son (manufacturers of plan printers and everything for
drawing offices) in their prototype workshop - 09/11/53 to 19/03/54.
Marconi Co., Chelmsford - Drawing Office School then the Transmitter
Section - working on ITV transmitters for Crystal Palace.
A.N.Wright & Co., Colchester (Consulting Engineers), working first as a
Design Draughtsman and then as Senior Designer on contracts for Ford Motor
Co. Rolls Royce Aero & Car divisions. English Electric. Cossor Radar.
Ferranti (Edinburgh). AWRE (Aldermaston, Foulness & Orford Ness).
Then employed by Plessey Company (Braxted Park) and various other contract
engineers and Marconi Company (Radar Division).
INTERESTING PROJECTS Blue Streak rocket - TSR2 (prototype now
parked at Duxford Museum - electronics for the Stand-off bomb (AWRE Orford
Ness) - mobile radars for NATO when France opted out - fixed radars (built
into mountain tops) for NATO countries - ship-to-shore radio transmitters
- plotting the effects of nuclear blasts on various designs of buildings.
Entered Teacher Training College
Then to Thurstable School, Tiptree 03/09/74, teaching Biology to A-level,
Retired July 1990. Since then, 'lived the life of Riley.' Wonderful!
HOBBIES & PASTIMES
Gardening; local history; ecology (surveying & writing books); music;
reading & theatre.
AMUSING INCIDENTS AT CONDOR
"Being kidnapped by the Salvation Army
in Dundee, after drinking too much draught Bass and then going out into
the icy weather. I was rescued by those I went ashore with. I spent the
evening in the toilets of the Locarno Ballroom, feeling very ill, and was
carried back to the bus on a park bench, decorated with poppy wreaths
'borrowed' from a war memorial. I was told about this later, when I had
"On another occasion, while I was I/C the Bren
gun during the notorious attack on RAF Edzell, I remember watching Nobby
Clarke diving to retrieve the gun, having dropped it as we crossed the
river South Esk. I had chosen to cross it where the water was running fast
- as it would be shallower there - but he took one look and said he would
cross where it was still. Before I could remonstrate with him, he stepped
off the bank and disappeared.
"We did retrieve the Bren!
"Another time, as I didn't know what to do with a
whole Gouda cheese I had won at a party in Dundee, I waited until the bus
was leaving the outskirts of Dundee, opened the door and lobbed the cheese
gently at a courting couple strolling home, calling out 'have a cheese'. I
only lobbed it very gently but it hit the young man in the small of the
back and felled him to the ground.
"He probably still tells the tale of how he was
attacked by a cheese!"