In this short film, Bert Ely’s daughter, Caroline Meek, recalls her father, who rose from being an apprentice in 1924 to become the head of the company’s Experimental Department in 1946.
A farmer’s son from Morton Valance, he was “highly thought of” by company boss Jim Fielding.
In the audio clips above it, Walter Organ recounts a light-hearted story of Bert’s ingenuity. Arthur Rigby remembers what happened when a game of cricket in Baker Street broke the windscreen of Bert’s car. And Michael Hogan recalls some of the work done in the Experimental Department by Bert and Stuart Pope in the mid 1950s.
If you remember Bert Ely or the Experimental Department please share your memories by adding a comment at the bottom of this page.