to the Kneeshaw Lupton quarry jetty, circa 1930s.
quarrymen shown in these pictures are :- From left to right, Stuart Williams,
William Douglas Davies who was a carpenter and in his leisure time a drummer in
band known as the 'Rhythym Rascals', Tomos Ifan Owen, ?, Walter Parry (Carpenter)
prior to the beginning of the second World war a number of fitters from the quarry
decided that they would build themselves a small aircraft which they named the
The onset of the war put
pay to their plans and the part built project stored in one of the sheds in the
quarry and eventually re-appeared in the 1950s.
of suitable materials meant the wings were never completed and the nearest it
ever came to flying was the sea trials pictured here, the machine disappeared
into oblivion never again to be seen.
Raynes Quarry, 21st May 1938, The two men pictured here, Benjamin
Littler Jones (standing) and William Williams saved a work colleague
who was trapped by his foot from certain death by removing burning
fuses from their detonators.
Their promptitude and
courage undoubtedly saved the life of George Roberts at grave risk to their own
safety, and for which they were awarded the Edward Medal which was the forerunner
of the George Cross.
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