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Frederick Burton

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Tony Burton writes from Glasgow… “Hello, my grandfather Frederick Burton, 1884-1959, was employed as a sheet metal worker at the BUSM Co. He continued to work for them during the war and told me that they built a mock farm on the roof and glass panels on the nearby Rushy Fields to confuse the German bombers. I think Fred was a foreman but I know little more about his work.
Do you have any information on the sheet metal workers at the company or any information on what went on during the second world war?”

If you can assist Tony please send an email to tony305@btinternet.com

 

Date posted: September 24, 2017

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American Connection

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A couple of enquiries which BU History viewers might be able to assist with. Send replies to info@buhistory.org please.

Firstly, from Grahame Jordan…

“I’d like to find more information about the American inventors who came to develop new machinery at the BU Belgrave Road site. I am a Leicester resident, born to a BU worker, whose father was ‘an American Inventor’ of shoe machinery.”

And also from… Audrey Fuller in the USA.

“Hello, I recently purchased a very old cobbler machine, the story is that it came out of a copper mine owned by the Phelps Dodge Co. in Morenci Arizona, it was used to repair the miners work boots.  I cannot find a number on the machine other than a 6hm and it is the only red one I’ve seen on the internet, not sure if it came that way or that someone in the past had painted it.

Can you tell me anything about these machines that have the John O Flarerhty Montreal Agents on the wheel, some of them only have The British United shoe Machine co. on them. Are these machines rare?  Any information would be so helpful, I’ve enclosed a few pictures of it, hope this helps.”

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Date posted: August 9, 2017

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BU Heritage Panel Unveiled

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The launch of the BUSMC heritage interpretation panel project took place on Belgrave Road across the road from the front entrance to Union Works on Wednesday 5th April. 

The City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, attended and made a short speech. The panel is situated outside IndiKal (87 Belgrave Road). 

Sign post to Happy Memories. Former employees of BUSM join the City Mayor at the unveiling of the new heritage sign on Belgrave Road. L to R Ellen Hewitt, Mick Lambert, Cllr Piara Singh Clair, Karon Pearson, Praful Thakrar, Cllr Adam Clarke, Sir Peter Soulsby, Alan Carlisle, Paul Gill, Sally Coleman and Kathy Gill

‘Sign post to Happy Memories’. Former employees of BUSM join the City Mayor at the unveiling of the new heritage sign on Belgrave Road.
L to R
Ellen Hewitt, Mick Lambert, Cllr Piara Singh Clair, Karon Pearson, Praful Thakrar, Cllr Adam Clarke, Sir Peter Soulsby, Alan Carlisle, Paul Gill, Sally Coleman and Kathy Gill

BUSM panel

Date posted: May 1, 2017

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Sad News

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Karen Pearson has contacted us to tell us that her father, Phil Wignall, passed away last Sunday. He was 91. For all who remember him the funeral is on Thursday, March 2nd at 12 o;clock at Countesthorpe Crematorium.

Phil was a BU man from age 14 until being made redundant in 1982.

In the post below we republish Karen’s lovely story about her dad.

Date posted: February 16, 2017

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Phil Wignall

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Karen Pearson’s story about her dad, Phil Wignall, who passed away on 12th February 2017.

First posted on this site in November 2013 when Phil was 89.

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My father George (Phil) Wignall.  Pictured above with, L-R, George Matthews, Phil, Roy Remmington, and Jack Harrison – on a 1960s Toolroom outing to London.

Phil started work aged 14 on Sept. 9th 1939. Shortly after this World War II broke out and he was drafted into the RAF. He returned to the BU after the war in 1946

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Phil played football for the BU Team in 1946. They got to a final and he didn’t get picked so never played for them again. He did play for the Tool Room football team for many years. He played snooker for the company and he was also a first team player for the Latimer Ward Club from an early age until finally giving up only a few years ago. He has great memories of the BU grounds, playing sport and attending BU sports days with his family. Also on a Saturday nights himself, his wife and friends used to go to the BU Sports Club.

QCC stewards

 

He was also a member of the BU Quarter Century Club and was a Steward for a number of years.

QCC Stewards

Second left, front row, 1968.

 

 

 

 

redundantHe worked his way up to Foreman of the Tool Room and then was made redundant at the age of 57 in 1982.

Phil is second left in the picture below along with Jack Granger, Len Bosworth and John Neal.

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SAVED!

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This plaque from 1914 contains the names of all those BU workers who went off to war (220 names I think). A massively important item. Incredibly, and disgustingly, it was left to rot in the old BU headquarters by the last owners (APAX partners – they’re still around!).

Thankfully it was found and rescued from the Ross Walk site by Matt (pictured left) and Rick. They have donated the plaque to the At Risk War Memorial Trust. “It can now be enjoyed by the people of Leicester for good.”

 

Roll of Honour

 

 

Date posted: November 26, 2016

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Oral History

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Hi Everyone. Colin Hyde from the East Midlands Oral History Archive at Leicester University has some students who want to record memories of work and industry in Leicester before 1980 and they’re struggling to find people. He’s asked me if any BUSM people would agree to be recorded for half an hour by a student? Do let me know and I’ll pass on to Colin. Could be fun and interesting. Email info@buhistory.org.uk or burtmcneill@ntlworld.com

Date posted: November 10, 2016

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BU Internal Phone Book

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Mary Hubble’s copy of the Ewart/Texon (so many names from BUSMC) phone book from the late 1990s

BU Phonebook

Mary and her husband worked for the BU and finished at Texon in 2002. She got a job still on the site and was last to leave before it was demolished.

Mary Hubble Phone internal

 

 

Date posted: October 31, 2016

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Paul Gill

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One of the main organisers of the BU History Group is Paul Gill. Paul has been diagnosed with dementia and is part of a campaign to encourage research into the condition. Please watch the video by clicking the link.

https://youtu.be/Het-Y2_kqO8

Below is a letter published in the Leicester Mercury last month from Dave Tipton in which he pays tribute to Paul.  He tells about Paul’s crucial role in the seven year struggle, and ultimate victory, by BU pensioners to win back their pensions after the company went into administration in 2000.

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Campaigner-Paul-special-people/story-29132774-detail/story.html#xougmygihumc3E45.03

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Date posted: May 9, 2016

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Kevin Iredale

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Two items I recently uncovered at home.The photo was taken in the Gear Cutting section around 1983 after I had taken over from Roy Benson who had just retired.

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I was lucky to have worked in some very interesting departments: Photo Engraving in the Met Lab with Roy Birkett, which was behind the Hardening and the Electro Plating shops. Q Department which made the accessories for various BU machines and C Department with Frank Welford, which made cutters which I think cut and finished the soles. I finished my time at the BU on the K.T.M machines in building 51.

Kevin Iredale 2

Happy days.Please correct me if I have got any names or departments wrong it was a long time ago.Emoji

Date posted: May 1, 2016

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