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Re: Reid and Sigrist in Desford & Braunstone
« Reply #9 on: Thursday 01 September 16 13:26 BST (UK) »
No I didn't look at that
I didn't know how to look at the 1939 census for Ernest John woolman.
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Re: Reid and Sigrist in Desford & Braunstone
« Reply #10 on: Thursday 01 September 16 13:41 BST (UK) »
My mum during the war wanted to join the land army but her parents wouldnt allow it, so she did fire watching & worked in a factory making aeroplane instruments, would she have  worked for Reid & Sigrist or were there any other companys at the time in Leicester making these parts.

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Re: Reid and Sigrist in Desford & Braunstone
« Reply #11 on: Thursday 01 September 16 14:20 BST (UK) »
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Iam  Steven woolman
My dads father was Ernest John woolman he came from turlangton Leicester born 1880  he and his family worked there 1938-39 I have a book called home& away you can get it from Coalville library John's son Robert George woolman did the story of what the family did their making aeroplane parts for war effort .it was edited by the springboard centre Coalville.
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Thanks a lot for that Steve. I remember my Dad telling me when I was young that my "Grandad was at Braunstone aerodrome working on the planes and that after the war he worked for Armstrong Whitworth then Auster Aircraft".
That is basically all I have to go on, as my Dad passed away back in 1990.

Braunstone was a satelite landing field during WW2, so I doubt that he was there. I know  either during the war or shortly after it - my Grandparents moved into brick built "prefabs" on Swinford Avenue (previously Stanhope Avenue)  off Hillsborough Road in Glen Parva.
I don't know if these houses were connected with his employment or not.

There was also an RAF parts depot at Blaby Wharf, near what was the County Arms off Lutterworth Road. This wasn't far from the above prefabs.

I'll have to look online for the book you mentioned, as I now live in France.

He could well have been at Desford, I know that at least at the beginning of WW2, he was living in Enderby. He was also in the Home Guard - as I have a photo of him wearing the uniform - rather odd for someone who was of fighting age.

Thanks a lot for the reply,

Cheers,

John.
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Re: Reid and Sigrist in Desford & Braunstone
« Reply #12 on: Wednesday 05 October 16 07:38 BST (UK) »
My mum during the war wanted to join the land army but her parents wouldnt allow it, so she did fire watching & worked in a factory making aeroplane instruments, would she have  worked for Reid & Sigrist or were there any other companys at the time in Leicester making these parts.

Thanks for that info Starcat. That gives a useful insight into local wartime life. Could well be my Grandad was in the Home Guard and also had another activity in the aircraft industry. For some reason he was allowed to stay in the UK, whereas his younger brother, was sent to India an an aircraft mechanic.
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Re: Reid and Sigrist in Desford & Braunstone
« Reply #13 on: Monday 28 November 16 14:04 GMT (UK) »
Hi my woolman said were at Desford site I was reading the book the other day .
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Re: Reid and Sigrist in Desford & Braunstone
« Reply #14 on: Monday 28 November 16 14:08 GMT (UK) »
There was another place in Coalville Owen street that aeroplanes as well Roberts sister married a Sargent Parker from belvoir road Coalville I have tryed to find out about his side but didn't find much if any knows please let me know I think he's proper name was Edward Ray
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Re: Reid and Sigrist in Desford & Braunstone
« Reply #15 on: Monday 28 November 16 15:03 GMT (UK) »
On another thread on Rootchat - someone has informed me that Desford Aerodrome had its own Home Guard - part of the Leicestershire Regiment 8th Platoon Home Guard (Market Bosworth).

My Grandad was definately in the 8th Platoon - as I have a photo of him in uniform with "LEI 8" badge on his shoulder.

So it is all fitting in. Apart from being in the home guard, I still don't know exactly what he did during the war - either at Desford or Braunstone. I do know he worked for Beagle/Auster Aircraft in the 60's at Rearsby.

John.
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Re: Reid and Sigrist in Desford & Braunstone
« Reply #16 on: Saturday 16 September 17 00:23 BST (UK) »
Hi john
Been a while
Getting back to the areodrme I had my work out I found that there were photos of the planes they built there at desford .in Coalville there was a parts place in Owen street .were they kept the parts it's not there now long gone ,my dads father did a magazine called the billet tor soldiers that whent all over the world  were they were fighting .in one it says that he was given some acomadation for this soldiers would ask him to do cartoons for them in it there was a lot in they would send letters back letting family know what's happing ,there was alsorts of stuff in it marriages deaths ,raising money for the war effort for planes and ships and asking about family and saying they had met up with people they knew who were also fighting .i have the magazine my gran passed it on to me before she passedaway .in the 1990s some of it is in the imperial war museum in London I'd love to go and show mine .may be your family who were at desford would have known Ernest John woolman and Robert .my grandad tryed to get Robert on the magazine but couldn't .he didn't say why in the book called at home and away I have that as well. Robert talks all about family were they came from show they were at school with ,work who his aunt was   Were they lived .robert married a Edwards her dad was a Sargent called Ray he was in the army .in the magazine there was soldiers who were caught by the Germans who were brought home by the Americans.my aunts husbands brother he was in operation market garden in Holland he got caught and brought home he got done for desertion by his wife he wanted to fight for his country but she had done for leaving her he was a paratrooper and Sargent he lived in markfield Leicester near Charnwood school.
Ste