Apprentice intake 1956

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Back row (standing L-R)

?; Derek Bennett; T C Long; ? ; P Longdon; P J Jenkins; A K Williams; ? ; ? ; C Graham; Nigel W Meek; Jim Rigby.

Front row (sitting L-R)

Willie Whitworth ; John Cresswell; Bob J Webb? ; ? ; Bert Ravenhill; Geoff Morton; Harold Shenton; Bob Webb? ; Cyril Fletcher; Terry/Trevor Lawrence.

Can you help us match these names to the remainder of the people in the photograph?

M. Stenbrook

J. Stone

J. Baldwin

J. Browning

D. Crowther

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

  • “As Tony said Derek Noddy Bennett was a great guy; a friend to all and he loved to enjoy himself as we did as apprentices home and away… our thoughts go out to his family…”.
    Alan Jay 16/10/2013

    By Paul Evans (21/02/2018)
  • “My good mate of 56yrs passed away last week. Derek “Noddy” Bennett, Johnny Worgan,and myself formed a very special friendship whilst apprentices at fielding and Platt. A friendship that would last forever. We were the dynamic trio and got involved in everything. We loved the work and we loved the travel and we loved the blokes we travelled with. If I had time I could write a book twice the size of the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire. Meantime I have the millions of memories that we gathered in our relatively short time together.

    Great Bloke was our Noddy!

    Our condolences go out to his family especially Jen, his lovely wife”.
    Tony Ravenhill 19/09/2013

    By Paul Evans (21/02/2018)
  • Thanks Keith, you’ve recalled so many names there – great! – I wonder who the main “characters” of your intake were?! I’ve heard tales of practical jokes and getting Bert Ravenhill wet on Friday scrub out day in the Apprentice School and Wednesday afternoons in the bath after rugby!

    By Ollie Taylor (14/01/2013)
  • Back row standing (L-R): ? ; D Bennett; T Long; ? ; P Longdon; P Jenkins; A K Williams; ? ; ? ; C Graham; N Meek; J Rigby.

    Front row sitting (L – R): ? ; J Cresswell; ? ; John? ; B Ravenhill; G Morton; H Shenton; B Webb; C Fletcher; Trevor Lawrence.

    By A Keith Williams (10/01/2013)
  • Thanks Keith! It’d be great if you could help us match the names to the faces by saying who is in the back and the front rows and in what order!

    I’m currently putting together a few pages on Fielding’s rugby teams in the “Social Life” section of the site, so keep your eyes peeled for more photos that might bring back memories. And when they do, please feel free to share them with us on the site!

    If you’d like to add your own photos and memories of the company then please feel free to do so by adding a page to the site yourself or sending them onto me at

    It’s great to hear how your time at Fielding’s stood you in good stead for life. I hope you’ll continue to enjoy and share on the site.

    By Ollie Taylor (08/01/2013)
  • I am in the middle of the back row. I can name most of the people in the picture. I worked at F&P for 12 years! Played rugby for Berry Hill, Fielding’s, and then Gordon League. I moved to Cannock, Staffs, in 1968 working for a company who were using Fielding machinery. I am now, at the age of 72, still using the skills learnt at Fielding and Platt by installing hydraulic concrete presses, mainly in the Middle East for the company Forest Press based in Cinderford. Regards, Keith Williams

    By A K Williams (Keith) (06/01/2013)
  • Thanks again for contributing these names Bob!

    By Ollie Taylor (13/12/2012)
  • Front row: John Cresswell (2nd on the left); Bob Webb (3rd on the left); Terry Lawrence (1st on the right).

    Back row: Nigel W Meek (2nd on the right).

    Kind Regards, Bob Gough

    By Bob Gough (06/12/2012)

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