Westwood Works 1903-2003
As the final Chapter of this Website, we thought it apt to record as many as possible of the names of those who worked at Westwood Works. This effort was inspired by Bert Slater who has spent many years meticulously compiling lists of names from a multitude of sources. We are very grateful to Bert for allowing us to build on the very strong foundation of his work. We must also mention the help and support received from Jim Farrow who provided many hundreds of names from his memories of his time at Westwood.
No list of this sort can ever be complete - it is possible that some 12,000 - 14,000 people passed through the Company over the nearly one hundred years covered by this website - we have discovered nearly 10,000. Few records exist of the early WP&P days; problems arise with duplicated entries resulting from different sources using mixtures of initials, Christian names and nicknames and, inevitably, many people had the same or very similar names. Individuals' job titles changed over a lifetime of work - we have recorded the job or department existing at the time that the source record was made and this is not necessarily the final or most senior position each person attained, or the one by which he/she is remembered by most people. Another complication arises from the succession of Grandfathers, Fathers, Sons, Grandsons and other family members that was a feature of life at Westwood.
Putting all of these caveats to one side, it is hoped that this work, together with the rest of this website will be accepted as a tribute to those who contributed to the success of Westwood Works over the years. We apologise to anyone that we have left out and would very much appreciate hearing from anyone who can correct any errors or omissions. We would particularly like to hear from anyone who can add to our list of women who worked at Westwood during either of the World Wars.
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