Mr Frederick Conder lived with his family in East Square from 1946-1963 and during that time was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to the Air Ministry.
His son Brian explains
'‘When aircraft were sufficiently developed to fly at high altitude, necessitating the use of oxygen, some accidents occurred to moisture freezing in the cylinder outlet tube, starving the pilot of oxygen. This had potentially fatal consequences and a solution had to be found. His major invention was a piece of equipment to detect the presence of moisture in the gas. The gas could be de-humidified and made safe for use in airborne cylinders, thus ensuring the safety of aircraft and crew flying at high altitudes".