Some photographs of the machinery Dad worked on, 1940s-1970s
My Dad, Pete Sutton, started his apprenticeship at Fielding’s in 1938 and I have his indentures. He was often away from home installing and commissioning the machinery. During one such trip during the last war he met my mother, she was operating a Fielding and Platt munition press at Metal Pressings in Charlton, they got married in 1946 and she moved up to Gloucester.
Dad was a keen sportsman and he played cricket and rugby for Atlas Works. He’s featured in the picture of the 1945-46 Rugby Team First XV.
After 34 years service, he was made redundant in 1972.
I can remember little bits of what he told me about the pictures but hopefully there are still people out there who know more. The four-digit numbers on some of the picture titles were recorded on the back of the print (indicating that they were an official company photo).
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