Likes Comradeship of Bata Workers. - 1948
Joining linings is one of the most important jobs in the manufacture of wellington boots but Foreman V Law, of Dept 321, is convinced that he could not find a better person to do the hob on his conveyor than twenty-two years old Lily Ogden. Coming to East Tilbury first in 1940 at the age of 14, Lily started in Dept 334 under the fatherly eye of Foreman W Cogger, and was happy at her job of fitting shin foxing until the rubber factory was closed in 1942.
Going to Shell Haven she decided that she could best help the war effort in the electrical department, and so until July, 1946, she stayed doing all sorts of semi-technical jobs, including the maintenance of batteries.
A highlight of her stay at Shell Haven was that she met a young man named Grenville there, and they fell in love with each other almost at first sight. It was to Grenville Ogden that Lily was married at Christmas, 1947.
In July, 1946 she decided that she really preferred the comradeship and team spirit of the rubber factory at British Bata, and started in Dept 321, where for more than two years she has proved her worth by becoming the No 1 shareholder of her department.
Although her work is at all times conscientiously done, Foreman Law is especially pleased with her work during this period of competition time, for her excellent timekeeping and shining example of cleanliness acts as an inspiration to the department as a whole. Friendly, and always with a smile she does not wast time gossiping idly and always takes a serious interest in the welfare of the department of of her fellow workers.
Living in Corringham, Lily does not often go to the pictures, but as relaxation loves to go to London about once every month to see some show. She was thrilled with Danny Kaye, when he was at the Palladium, and more recently with Gracie Fields.
In the summer months, she is a keen follower of her cricketing husband, but her winter evenings she likes to spend quietly by her fireside at home, listening to the radio or knitting.