|Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2001 - 05:23 pm: |
Attended Mundella from 1945 to 1947 when the family moved to Selston and I was transferred to Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School Mansfield, (My elder bother David also attended Mundella from 1944 to 1947).
Two of my Mothers brothers, (our uncles, Leonard and George Ashworth), fell in the Great War, and their names are recorded on the War Memorial once displayed in the Hall,(I look forward to the re-dedication of this historical piece later this year), we felt quite strongly that we were continuing the family tradition.
I do feel a great debt of gratitude to Frank Ordoyno, who first unlocked the mysteries of manthematics for me, this was to be the start of a successful career in Engineering. Dorothy Crossley also managed to turn me into one who could resonably command the language, both written and spoken,and this also was an element thatI believe, allowed one to progress.
I served an Engineering Apprenticeship with the Ministry of Supply at Royal Ordnance Factory Nottingham and then went to sea as an Engineer Officer, I served with Blue Funnel line on passenger /Cargo vessels on the Far East service, and attained promotion to Certificated, (Second) Engineer in 5 years.
My next move took me into the NHS as a an Assistant Hospital Engineer, (at Balderton Hospital, Newark), and I pursued a career, moving several times until I was appointed Director of Estates to Leicestershire Health Authority.
I retired from this post, (re-organisation of the NHS into the "Purchaser Provider" style,made my post redundant) at the age of 55, and worked for another 5 years as a Consulting Engineer, when I finally retired from regular work at age 60.
My wife, Marion, (who valiantly suported me through all the trauma of moving around engendered by my career, whilst managing her own work), and I, have one son who is a Criminal Law Barrister pactising in London.
Our lives have come full circle since we chose to live our retirement years in Coddington, only a short distance from were my NHS career started at Balderton Hospital.
I have found the site very interesting and will make sure my big brother, David, has the opportunity to see it, (he is unfortunately a tecnical Luddite!!, I have only recently persuaded him to have an answering machine!!)
David and Gordon Pidcock