Ernie belongs to: Souter Lighthouse
Ernie was born in Gosforth, Newcastle. He served his apprenticeship at Vickers Armstrong at Elswick in the gun shops. After retiring Ernie began volunteering at Souter Lighthouse where he has a particular interest in the lighthouse's engineering.
Ernie was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 2 March 2006. The interview took place at Souter Lighthouse and lasted 10 minutes and 49 seconds.
Apprenticeship at Vickers Armstrongs
"I served my apprenticeship at Vickers Armstrong’s at Elswick"
I served my apprenticeship at Vickers Armstrong’s at Elswick. It was in the days of the old five year apprenticeship with a year before that, you had to work as, at various jobs, and I worked as a plans store boy, where you had to distribute plans and drawings throughout the works, so it gave you a feel for the works and then you started the apprenticeship in the factory and that consisted of a training period and training school and working in various shops, and I ended up in the breach mechanism shop for the naval guns.
Ernie has 8 memories in the memorynet:
Ernie's memories with a Training theme:
- Apprenticeship at Vickers Armstrongs
Ernie's other memories: