Post Office

Not just a telephone engineer. PART 1.

The contributor began work at 15 in 1954 in a factory  in Tottenham, but soon moved to the Parks department as a gardener and also worked as a bowling green keeper. He was always keen to teach himself new skills, which stood him in good stead in his work installing equipment for the G.P.O. (later […]

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Not just a telephone engineer. PART 2.

Continued from Part 1:   The contributor began work at 15 in a factory in 1954 in Tottenham, but soon moved to the Parks department as a gardener and also worked as a bowling green keeper. He was always keen to teach himself new skills, which stood him in good stead in his work installing […]

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The Post Office

Preamble I had a basic education and left school in 1952 at the age of 15, without any examination qualifications. Destined to follow my father into his workplace, an engineering factory. Or perhaps some form of apprenticeship or a dead end job. School leavers had the opportunity of visiting the Youth Employment office (YEO) (Part […]

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The post office engineer – and the horses

My first job was before I’d left school. I started work when I was 11 year old on the farm as a ‘ho gee’ boy. In those days [late 1940s] agriculture was labour intensive and very much driven by horse power and during harvest time I had to lead the horses which were pulling the […]

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