CVA: later Kearney & Trecker
I worked at the Kemp Town location of CVA, until the move to the Hollingbury Industrial Estate, from 1949 through 1962 (with break for military service in the R.A.F. 1952-1954). I remember the smallpox outbreak; I was in the planning office at Kemp Town, when the head of the office got a phone call informing him that his daughter (or grand daughter) had been in contact with someone with or carrying smallpox. I think it was her husband or boyfriend in the R.A.F. who had just returned from the far east.
Anyway, we were all restricted to the office until the health department sent out people to vaccinate us. I think the whole factory was done, even the town and maybe the whole country. I hope that I have got the facts straight. It happened such a long time ago, circa 1950 I think.
Are you on the photos?
I am attaching some photos of my co-workers during my time at CVA. Maybe some
old timers will see themselves and it will bring back some memories. Two of the photos are at a Christmas dinner that I arranged at the Royal Albion Hotel (not sure of year). I was on the No 2 factory sports & social committee. One photo of myself (on left ) and Geoff Berry. One of my last day at CVA with the lads from the tool room (No 2 factory, Hollingbury).