I was an assistant stock-keeper in the wholesale stock room and well known on the Bata Estate where I lived.
I came to British Bata in 1948, I had not been married long and during a holiday to see my wife's family I heard a lot about the British Bata Factory. After we had married we had lived in Scotland but the prospects of steady work were not too favourable so we decided to move to Essex and I started work in the Wholesale Stockroom.
During the war I was in the Parachute Regiment and saw service in many areas in Europe, India and Africa, I was one of the Red Devils who took part in the Arnhem Assault.
Whilst working in the Stockroom the amount of stock to be moved grew enormously, everything had to be kept moving and the facilities provided were excellent. Hundreds of boxes of footwear were despatched each week and everything coming in and going out of the stockroom had to be noted and checked.
I was a member of the Bata Fire Brigade and attended drills regularly. I spent a lot of my leisure time in my garden and won several prizes in the Bata Estate Garden Competition.