Apprentice intake August 1949

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Back row (Standing L-R)

Mr Fairbrother; Tony Purver ; ? ; ? ; Chris Lewis ; Berkeley Mordecai; Bob Greenaway; Herbie Baker; George Claridge; Mark Phillips.

Front row (Sitting L-R)

?; Tony Allen; Bert Ravenhill; Ron Yardley; [? forename] Orr; ‘Radar’ [?Brian] Smith.

Can you help us identify the remaining people in the photo? Or perhaps you are in the photo and remember what it was like to be part of this apprentice intake? If so, please leave a comment below.

Comments about this page

  • Thanks to George Claridge for the following details: Back row, 2nd from left is Tony Purver and 5th from left Chris Lewis Front row 1st from right is ‘Radar’ Smith [possible Brian?] and 2nd from right […] Orr – could not recall his first name

    By Julie Courtenay (01/10/2013)
  • Thanks Clarence. John B

    By John Bancroft (28/09/2013)
  • There is a spelling mistake: his name is Berkeley Mordecai. I remember that he was in the drawing office but sadly was killed in a scooter accident whilst travelling to referee a rugby match on the other side of Dymock.

    By Clarence Hack (27/09/2013)
  • Thanks for adding these really interesting memories Bryan. I’m sorry we don’t seem to have the 1948 apprentice intake photo showing yourself, Brian Mason, and Gordon Edwards. Perhaps you have a photograph of the intake yourself or know someone who does?

    If you would like to arrange for your memories of Fielding’s to be recorded send me an email at

    Or you can add your write them straight onto the site by adding pages yourself! The page will take you through how to do this.

    It would be great to have more memories of what it was like to work at Fielding’s in the 1940s.

    By Ollie Taylor (07/06/2013)
  • I believe that the apprentice 8th from left in the back row (including Mr Fairbrother) is “Herbie” Baker. He did National Service in the Royal Navy as I did and was at my demob party in 1956.

    I started as apprentice in the same intake as Brian Mason and Gordon Edwards on 9 August 1948, but do not recognise myself in any of the 1948 groups.

    By Bryan Kemmett (29/05/2013)
  • Thanks Bob!

    By Ollie Taylor (13/12/2012)
  • George Claridge is on the back row, 2nd on the right.

    Kind Regards Bob Gough

    By Bob Gough (06/12/2012)

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