|Hull Daily Mail, Monday, 29th September 1947|
I had heard the story before and remember my dad telling us that they were on a Brough Superior 1000cc (actually 998cc) but I had no idea that the accident occurred in Hull.
|A 1939 Brough Superior SS 100|
|RAF flying boots|
None of us is sure why Bob was in Hull or who Arnold Grimes was but the most likely explanation is that he was involved in work for the Fire Brigades Union (F.B.U.). The National Fire Service had been set up in August 1941, amalgamating the national Auxiliary Fire Service (A.F.S.) and the local authority fire brigades, and the Fire Services Act of 1947, implemented the following year, split the two organisations and returned responsibility for fire brigades to the local councils. Local politics and proposals for redundancies led to serious disagreements between the F.B.U. and their employers. Disillusioned and in solidarity with a number of his colleagues, Bob left the fire brigade shortly after the implementation of the Act and took on labouring work in Immingham on the site of a new Fisons fertilizer factory that started production in 1951.
Another gem to surface recently is this photograph, taken in 1937, showing the Grimsby street in which Bob was living when he joined the R.A.F. in 1943. Clayton Street runs diagonally across the middle of the picture and number 44, which also housed his dad's shoe repair business ('F. Jay: High Class Shoe Repairs'), is approximately half way up on the right, backing on to one of the businesses on West Dock Street (now Frederick Ward Way).
|T. E. Lawrence on his fifth Brough Superior (George V) in 1927|