Seventy years today, 7th July 1944, a German V1 rocket landed on the EMI factory in Blyth Road, Hayes, as a result a concrete shelter roof collapsed, killing 34 and injuring a further eighteen.
Today we honour the men and women based at the EMI Factory and Hayes, whose contribution was essential to the British War effort, in both civilian and military roles. We particularly remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on that fateful day.
A memorial to those killed in the bomb attack on EMI can be found in Cherry Tree Lane Cemetery.
Photographs: Courtesy of EMI Archive Trust
Speech: Winston Churchill – War of the Unknown Warrior – Broadcast July 14 1940
Recording: The Gramphone Company, Hayes Middlesex – HMV C.3209
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Congratulations to Russell Medcraft who not only knew the correct
answer but supplied the Hound with a fascinating piece of information on lasts week’s Mystery Object of the Week!
For Hound followers who may have missed Russell’s original answer read below:
Portrait of Alfred Clark, by Arthur Porn, painted 1944 Copyright courtesy of EMI Archive Trust
“Alfred Clark was the first EMI Chairman. He had worked with Eldridge Johnson on an improved soundbox design which they patented. On this EMI subject, I helped P.D.R..Marks develop the famous EMI 806 Microphone amplifier and other associated equipment whilst I was in the EMI Studio Sound laboratory during 1958 and 1959.”
Mystery object 2 Portrait of Alfred Clark, by Arthur Porn, painted 1944 Copyright courtesy of EMI Archive Trust