Assistant Chief Draughtsman in the '70s and '80s
Ralph (James) Tucker joined Fielding & Platt as an apprentice in 1939. He worked on the shop floor prior to entering the drawing office as a draughtsman and amongst his memorabilia was found an insignificant Drawing No. 2821/2/M with his initials RJT, and dated 4 Nov. 1944 (from this the writer surmises that this could have been his first drawing!!).
He also worked on equipment designs for slab presses and extrusion presses and helped oversee the installation in France of the aluminium plate stretcher used for the Concorde aircraft and subsequently extrusion presses at Indalex in Cheltenham.
His career seems to have been exclusively devoted to working in the drawing office as a draughtsman and then designer, gaining his election to the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in 1951, followed by promotion to Section Leader (Extrusion), and latterly gaining the position of Assistant to the Chief Draughtsman, Esmond Sergeant.
His son David, joined the company as an apprentice in 1969 and, following his apprenticeship, worked in the company as a skilled fitter for many years.
His daughter, Sue, kindly donated to the Gloucestershire Archives a number of Ralph’s photographs and technical books. Some of his photos already exist on the website but we are pleased to post a few of the remainder.
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