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His hobby is being a husband. - 1948
Leaving school in 1934, Richard Grigg came to the newly-opened Bata Factory at East Tilbury in May of that year. After working first as an office boy and then in the spreading house, he became one of the first members of Dept 712. Gaining experience all the time, he worked conscientiously in that department until 1939, when, to gain additional experience and to help the war effort, he left to work in munitions factories.
After seeing service with the Fleet Air Arm, where he was trained as an air-frame fitter, Richard returned to East Tilbury and adapted the excellent grounding he had received in engineering, for the benefit of the same department he left in 1939.
Engaged in the construction department on dust collectors and extractors, he has proved himself a first class workman, and conscientiously carries out his tasks with a happy grin on his face.
Working under Foreman G A Woodard, his willingness at finishing the boy in hand is a fine example to his fellow workers.
Although he was the first member of his family of six brothers and a sister to wrok for the Bata organisation, all except his youngest brother Ted, who is still at school, have worked here. Two of his brothers, Bert and George, work in the rubber factory.
Married, Richard lives in a prefab at Chadwell St Mary, and likes this modern type of house.
A keen footballer, he plays for the Bata “A” team at right back, but besides football does not find much time for any other hobbies. “Busy as I am in the department, I devote all the spare time that I do get to being a husband” he told Bata Record. In fact his hobby is being a “hubby”.