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#1 cooper997

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Posted 29 August 2019 - 09:38

I'm hoping the TNF collective might be able to throw some light on A G Goodchild, active late 50s (and possibly much earlier and later)

 

My search on TNF gave me precious little, but then Tim might pluck something from within that I failed to dig up.

 

The best I could find with google help was an A Goodchild on the Imperial War Museum site

 https://www.iwm.org.... A (Fg Off)]=on

 

Thank you for any clues

 

Stephen



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#2 Rupertlt1

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Posted 29 August 2019 - 10:23

Motor Sport, December 1952, Page 568

An interesting booklet by Bill Hartley, illustrated by many

good Goodchild photographs, tells of the recent 10,000 mile non-

stop run at Goodwood by an o.h.v. Morris Minor saloon. It is

available free on application to Central Publicity Dept., The

Nuffield Organisation, Cowley, Oxford.

 

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#3 cooper997

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Posted 29 August 2019 - 10:35

Rupert, thank you for the quick response.

 

Hoping to find out what his initials A G stand for.

 

Stephen



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Posted 29 August 2019 - 11:22

The IWM reference seems to point to an Arthur George Goodchild (RAF service number 145282) who gets several mentions in the London Gazette. Appears to have been in the admin branch so might not have been all that young in the 1940s.

 

Ancestry throws up a few Arthur George Goodchilds; the favourite looks to have been one born in Merton in Surrey in 1906, married in Wimbledon 1929, living in Collier's Wood late 1930s, but whose fate I can't trace (possibly died mid-late 1950s? - his wife (and son?) are on the 1959 electoral roll).



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Posted 29 August 2019 - 12:20

Ancestry throws up a few Arthur George Goodchilds; the favourite looks to have been one born in Merton in Surrey in 1906, married in Wimbledon 1929, living in Collier's Wood late 1930s, but whose fate I can't trace (possibly died mid-late 1950s? - his wife (and son?) are on the 1959 electoral roll).

 

That may correspond to the one who died in 1942 aged 35, Mid Surrey district.



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Posted 29 August 2019 - 12:59

That may correspond to the one who died in 1942 aged 35, Mid Surrey district.

Hm, very possible.

 

Perhaps the Wokingham 1900/Devizes 1975 one then?



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Posted 29 August 2019 - 13:43

He doesn't have to be Arthur does he?

 

The 1939 register has an Alfred G(eorge) Goodchild, Photographer, at 73 Kirkstall Road, Wandsworth, dob 18 Jun 1905 (Reg Q3 1905 Camberwell)

 

EDIT: Died 1978 Chichester


Edited by Geoff E, 29 August 2019 - 13:45.


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Posted 29 August 2019 - 14:05

He doesn't have to be Arthur does he?

 

The 1939 register has an Alfred G(eorge) Goodchild, Photographer, at 73 Kirkstall Road, Wandsworth, dob 18 Jun 1905 (Reg Q3 1905 Camberwell)

 

EDIT: Died 1978 Chichester

No, doesn't have to be Arthur. Although Arthur (1900-75) would appear to have a good chance of being the RAF photographer listed as A Goodchild by the IWM. Probably just a coincidence of initials then.



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Posted 29 August 2019 - 14:46

The name A.G. Goodchild is turning up in connection with Hardy Amies, couturier:

 

https://vads.ac.uk/l...id=171723&sos=0

 

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Posted 29 August 2019 - 14:56

 ... the RAF photographer listed as A Goodchild by the IWM. 

 

Googling finds his rank as Pilot Officer (or Flying Officer)

 

The London Gazette 27 Oct 1942 has

 

Alfred George Goodchild as "to be Plt Off in Class CC" (General Duties Branch) from 30 Sept 1942.



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Posted 30 August 2019 - 07:15

Many thanks also to Richard and Geoff for your help.

 

The original question arises because of a late 1950s AG Goodchild Nuffield product based photograph. So what Rupert added from the Dec 52 Motor Sport item helps illustrate the connection through at least the 1950s to that manufacturer.

 

A rather faded stamp on the photo reverse may help Richard and Geoff pin things down a little  more with their skills on ancestry and the like.

 

As best I can decipher it has...

 

A G Goodchild

Adelphi Building

John Adam St

Strand London WC2

Tel 4010

 

Hopefully that address makes sense to those that know the area.

 

Stephen


Edited by cooper997, 30 August 2019 - 07:16.


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Posted 30 August 2019 - 08:14

Many thanks also to Richard and Geoff for your help.

 

The original question arises because of a late 1950s AG Goodchild Nuffield product based photograph. So what Rupert added from the Dec 52 Motor Sport item helps illustrate the connection through at least the 1950s to that manufacturer.

 

A rather faded stamp on the photo reverse may help Richard and Geoff pin things down a little  more with their skills on ancestry and the like.

 

As best I can decipher it has...

 

A G Goodchild

Adelphi Building

John Adam St

Strand London WC2

Tel 4010

 

Hopefully that address makes sense to those that know the area.

 

Stephen

 

Absolutely, not unadjacent to the Adelphi Theatre on the Strand,  where Charlie Girl had had its long run in the 60s.



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Posted 30 August 2019 - 16:05

See The Meccano Magazine, February 1953, Page 65 

 

http://pdfmm.free.fr/5302.pdf

 

Morris Minor four-door, registration SJO 624, at Goodwood. 

 

Are these Goodchild pics?

 

See also: http://www.stilltime...rch-tender.html

 

There are a number of other pics at Stilltime.

 

RGDS RLT


Edited by Rupertlt1, 30 August 2019 - 16:15.


#14 Vitesse2

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Posted 30 August 2019 - 17:41

AG Goodchild, Photographer, of Adelphi Buildings, John Adam St WC2, first appears in the London phone book in 1951. Phone number is actually TRAfalgar 4040. Last phone book entry is 1967.



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Posted 31 August 2019 - 02:36

Thank you again Rupert and Richard for your efforts.

 

In regards Rupert raising the question of are they Goodchild photos, I can't answer that. Even some communication with (what is now) British Motor Museum (Gaydon) Archivist, Gillian Bardsley about 3 years ago in regards period Nuffield/Austin/BMC photographers came the basic response that they were rarely credited for their work. Plus, the point that I was trying to find out they couldn't give an exact date when a specific and quite famous set of press photos were taken. Those being the Cooper team at Goodwood testing the Indy Dunlop wheels on a T53 or T55 with the prototype 997 Cooper..

 

The Meccano magazine non-stop Morris Minor feature, Rupert has linked in post 13 certainly show the great effort that Nuffield would go to keep things mobile for the duration of that test. The Health and Safety people of today would have a fit!

 

Richards detail searches of the London phone book certainly helps with joining a few dots.

 

Thank you Gents.

 

 

Stephen


Edited by cooper997, 31 August 2019 - 04:28.


#16 Rupertlt1

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Posted 31 August 2019 - 02:42

See also: https://www.youtube....h?v=mvx2g6vxRHU

 

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Posted 01 September 2019 - 07:32

That’s wonderful, Rupert! And very timely in that I shall shortly be going to retrieve our Minor from the shed where it lives next to the C-Type in which you ascended Firle many moons ago.

The Adelphi, where one of the Goodchilds was listed as living, is a very upmarket apartment block behind The Strand, opposite the RSA in John Adam St.. One would have to be ultra well-heeled to live there today.

Christopher W.

Edited by Perruqueporte, 01 September 2019 - 07:34.