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Shortstown Heritage

RAW Badge cropped

The photograph left is of Harry Ernest Manton and was sent in by Colin Manton his grandson. In Colin's words:

" My grandfather Harry Ernest Manton was born in 1894 and originally lived in Pilcroft Street and then Kelvin Avenue in Bedford. He was a sheet metal worker and helped fashion the nose cone of the R101 and had learned his trade with W H Allen. He was part of a well known family in Bedford and it is said that his Uncle Henry gave his name to Manton Lane in Bedford. About 12 years ago I had a phone call from a Mr King nearing 100 years old. He told me that he knew my grandfather "everyone knew Harry."
Colin also sent in a fabulous photo of three of the R101 survivors shown below. "The photograph attached is in the possession of my Aunt Joan Harry's daughter. Written on the rear of the photograph is Joe Binks, Tiny Savory (Victor Savory) and Arthur Bell."

Harry Manton sheet metal worker R101

Sheet metal worker on the R101 Harry Ernest Manton

If anyone has any more information about Harry Manton or this photograph please get in touch - Colin would love to find out more about his grandfather. Thank you Colin for sharing these memories with us.

PF Men opening shed doors

Shown left, this very rare and fabulous photograph provided by Peter Frith a former Shortstown resident shows men operating the capstan to open the huge shed doors. We are not sure when this photograph was taken can anybody comment and identify any of the workers?

And a massive thank you to Peter for allowing this photograph to be shown.

Daisy Exley - Fabric Shop Worker on and off for almost 50 years!

Other known RAW workers who lived in Shortstown

Ivor Richard Blaydon - RAW canteen manager who also ran the Post Office
William Dennis - Chairman RAW Sports & Social Club
Charles William Finch - Principal Stores
David John Evans - Vice presdent RAW Sports & Social Club
John James Hamley - Clerk of Works
Frederick Arthur Martin - RAW Sports & Social Club accounts auditor
Henry George Payne - Hon Secretary RAW Sports & Social Club
William Henry Ramsey
Edwin Charles Stewart - Founder member of the RAW club
Frank Albert Warren
Frank Charles Webb - Train Driver
Victor Williams

George Joyce resident of Shortstown

Are there any relatives of George Joyce out there? The two images below are of a clock presented to George on his retirement after 36 years of working at Cardington. The inscription reads " Presented by the colleagues of George Joyce. With best wishes for a happy retirement after 36 years service at Cardington on aircraft, airships and balloons."

George 1

We would love to hear from anyone who remembers this man. Registers show that George and Nellie Joyce lived in Central Avenue, Shortstown from 1927 - 1931 and then in Eastcote, Shortstown from 1932 to at least 1950. It is most likely that George worked on the R101 in some capacity.

George Joyce

If you have any stories/photographs of people who worked at the Royal Airship Works please get in touch at jyh@shortstownheritage.co.uk Many thanks

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