Reminiscence and Resource Centre

To take over shop at Ibadan - 1948
Yet another departure from East Tilbury to Western Africa is that of Leslie Hyde, who left by air on Tuesday to take up a position as shop manager at the Bata store in Ibadan, Nigeria. His safe arrival at Lagos has already been notified.
Mr Hyde has been with the firm for a little more than two years and was shop manager at Worthing most of the time. Prior to that he was at the Billericay store for a few weeks after completion of his training at the shop school.
The Hyde family at East Tilbury.
Called up from the Reserve in August, 1939, Mr Hyde served as a sick-berth petty officer in the Royal Navy and during the war became familiar with many African ports - the exception being Lagos. He also served out in the Pacific and was demobilised in October, 1945.
His wife Florence still works at East Tilbury, in the retail department, having joined the company originally in 1949. She left the factory in 1945 and worked with her husband when he took over the Worthing store. At the moment she is staying at Community House but hopes to follow Mr Hyde out to Nigeria as soon as possible.
Meanwhile their 15 year old son, Alan, is following on his father’s naval footsteps and hopes to be admitted into the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth shortly.
Before he left, Mr Hyde asked Bata Record to express his sincere appreciation to Mr Tusa for the opportunities he has afforded him and also to the instructors in the school shop for their helpful guidance both during and after his training.