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Bata employees who were called up for service in the Armed Forces during the Second World War were guaranteed their jobs on their return after the War.Whilst doing Service for their Country all Bata employees were sent copies of the Bata Record and food/cigarette parcels. Many of them kept in touch with friends both in the Services and in the Factory by writing to the Bata Record about their exploits. In order to keep the Factory running many of the Wives took over their husband's jobs.
ALBERT ARCHER STANLEY ASHDOWN ARTHUR BARRETT
JEROME BELEC EMILY BING RICHARD BLOOR
DENNIS BRADD HENRY BRANDON GEORGE BURCH
GEORGE CHAPLIN JOHN COLE WILLIAM COUVES
LEONARD CROOKS STANLEY CROOKS RONALD DAWSON
STANLEY DORRELL HERBERT FAIRCHILD ARTHUR FARAWAY
WILLIAM FOLEY JOHN FROST WILLIAM FROST
GEORGE GAME LESLIE GARDINER ERIC GARRAD
LES GILES ROBERT GOLDING GORDON HARMONIAUX
JOHN HARVEY GEORGE HAWKINS REGINALD HAYES
LESLIE HOCKLEY HORACE HOLLINGTON JOSEPH HUGHES
RONALD HUGHES PETER JACKMAN WILLIAM JONES
JOHN KEMPSTER PETER KING HENRY LEGG
ARTHUR LETCH FRANCIS LINDSELL JAMES LYNCH
SYDNEY MANSFIELD THOMAS MCLEARY FREDERICK MEREDITH
KENNETH MERRIFIELD THOMAS MILLS FRANK MUNDAY
EDWARD NORMAN HORACE PAGE JOHN PHILLIPSON
DONALD PRATT RONALD PRITCHARD MAURICE RAYMENT
SYDNEY REYNOLDS WILLIAM RICHARDS LEONARD ROMPEN
JOHN SANDWELL LESLIE SAPSFORD IVY MURIEL SAVAGE
HERBERT SAWKINGS FRANT SEDA HARRY SHINWELL
HENRY SHORT ARTHUR SMITH EDWARD SMITH
FREDERICK SMITH LEONARD SMITH HEDLEY SPIGHT
ERNEST STAMMERS HORACE TANN DAVID THOMAS
ALFRED TUCK KENNETH TUCKER FREDERICK TURNIDGE
ROBERT WAKEFIELD ALAN WEBB JAMES WELLER
MAURICE WILLIAMSON FREDERICK WINDLEY ARTHUR WRIGHT
JOHN WRIGHT
The men of the Bata Company who died are remembered on the company War Memorial. Click on the names below to find out more about them.

The names in the table at the bottom have been traced as being killed in the War but are not listed on the War Memorial.

Victory parties held on the Bata Estate in 1945.
Click on icon to read

"Thoughts on a day of Reckoning"

The War Memorial after it's refurbishment in 2013, the names on the memorial now including those not originally listed.
Click here for photographs and report on Rededication of War Memorial
An interesting article about the Bata RAF Airmen can be found on the following link.

https://fcafa.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/the-bata-raf-airmen/

WORLD WAR II
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