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rob58uk
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61 of 68  Sun 2nd Jan 2022 1:29pm  
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Johnnie, I have no doubt that my dad William 'BIll' Nicholls would have known your dad. We lived at No. 5 Second Avenue, he got the house because he was a part time fireman, it had an alarm inside, it used to frighten the living daylights out of me when it went off. Personally I never worked at at the GEC but to keep up the coincidences, I spent my entire working life in IT (Computer Operator, Systems Programmer but mostly as a Database Administrator) and I'm still friends with someone who was a Computer Operator at the GEC.
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20A-Manor House
Coventry
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62 of 68  Mon 3rd Jan 2022 11:17am  
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A photograph I have in my collection:
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rob58uk
Tamworth
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63 of 68  Tue 4th Jan 2022 8:05am  
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Great photo but it's a little too small to see faces clearly, any chance of getting a scan? I also have a photo somewhere of the works Fire Brigade but I'm currently in the middle of decorating my study. As soon as I can get to it I'll scan it in and post it up to this thread.
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20A-Manor House
64 of 68  Wed 5th Jan 2022 10:09am  
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Prof
Gloucester
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65 of 68  Tue 31st May 2022 10:49pm  
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Mr Blue Sky
Abingdon, Oxfordshire
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66 of 68  Sun 19th Jun 2022 11:55pm  
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Hi 20A-Manor House. I thought I knew the fireman in your photo who is sat near the fire engine’s front wheel - it's my very good friend Eddy Holland. I phoned him up to tell him about your photo and he said it was him, he had some great times in the Works Fire Brigade and the competitions. I was best man at his wedding in 1968 and he was mine in 1970. He now lives near Kings Lynn.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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67 of 68  Mon 20th Jun 2022 3:18pm  
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I think I have mentioned on the forum before that I believe my Paternal Grandparents met whilst they were both working at the GEC Stoke Plant. I knew my Grandfather was a Driver/Chauffeur but was recently surprised to find this cutting from the Birmingham Mail dated January 24th 1931. It seems Road Rage is nothing new! Sadly I never met him to ask about any of this but a bit shocking all the same!
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Rob Orland
Historic Coventry
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68 of 68  Mon 20th Jun 2022 5:55pm  
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Oh my word, what a thing to happen to a chauffeur going about his business! So much in Coventry involved the good ol' GEC in some way - Bev and I met at the Spon Street GEC factory three and a half decades ago. (Interesting also to note in that article that Frank Spencer was another GEC driver.... so, he did pass his test in the end, after all! Lol)
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