A Clock made from bits of a spitfire

Contributed by Doc PM

A Clock made from bits of a spitfire

My paternal grandfather was a time served cabinet maker. During World War 2 he was employed at Hooper Bros. of Park Royal (before the war makers of Rolls Royce bodywork) in the manufacture of spitfire and hurricane airframes. He made the Napoleon hat clock case from off-cuts of the timber used for the airframes; the clock mechanism was normally that fitted to the spitfire, but Grandad "borrowed" this one to complete his mantle clock. This was the last thing he made; he died shortly after completing the clock. As a five year-old I regularly visited my widowed Grandma and I used to wind the clock up for her; it has precious memories. It is an interesting memento of the war and the Spitfire, which contributed so much to the allied victory. For me it is a treasured memento of of man who fought in the First World War and did his bit in the Second. William Reuben Aldridge, known to every one as Bill, was wounded at Mons and contracted malaria in Salonika; alas, he died young.

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