Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Life Spent Working at Parsons

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Life Spent Working at Parsons

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Byline: NOSTALGIA DAVE MORTON recalls the people and places of the North East CHECK US OUT ONLINE AT WWW.CHRONICLELIVE.CO.UK/NEWS/HISTORY EMAIL: david.morton.editorial@ncjmedia.co.uk TELEPHONE: 0191 2016437 WRITE TO: Dave Morton, ncjMedia, Eldon Court, Percy Street, Newcastle, NE1 7JB. @DaveSMorton Newcastle Chronicle - History Photosales - 0191 201 6000

ENERATIONS of Tynesiders worked at Parsons.

GThis month marks 130 years since Sir Charles Parsons opened his factory in Heaton, Newcastle.

It would become known around the world as 'C A Parsons, Heaton Works'. The factory started with 48 people and grew to be one of the biggest employers in the North East, with over 12,000 people working for the firm at its peak.

Ruth Baldasera, one of the Quality Engineers at the factory (currently owned by Siemens), has led a project this year to try and gather artefacts and stories from C A Parsons, to be preserved by interested archivists, including the Parsons family themselves, at Birr Castle in Ireland.

During the process, quite a few interesting stories have come to light. We'll be featuring some of these Parsons memories in the coming weeks and months.

Here is our first story...

Douglas Bryant's grandfather, Wally Douglas, worked all his life at Parsons and ended as head foreman.

Wally was born in 1896 and began working at Parsons around 1915. During World War I he joined the Royal Engineers (TA) Northumbrian Division and, while in action at Ypres, he was shot in the neck.

Another soldier who just happened to be a Parsons employee, and was there with him, came to help and administered first aid. Sapper Thomas Dawson, another Geordie who by coincidence worked in the factory next door to Parsons, was in charge of the younger Wally until he was sent home.

Wally returned to Parsons and, as was practice, remained in the Army until fit. …

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