Chasewater Railway Museum
Our curator, Barry Bull, nowadays becoming known as the Museum ‘Geek’, since he’s had his new phone and time to play with it, has found a couple of items for the collection on Ebay, the first one is the badge shown above.
Referring to the excellent book by the late Ronald Redman on the Railway Foundry it confirms the badge to be a world war 2 issue and not as described on Ebay from the previous conflict
The service badge would have been issued at the time that Hudswell Clark were heavily involved with aircraft production of several types including the Fairey Swordfish
An association had been formed with a Yorkshire company, Blackburn Aircraft in 1938 when war loomed and eventually over a 1000 men and woman were engaged at Hudswell Clark in the war effort building sub assemblies. Locomotive work continued including the production of 50 austerity 0 6 0 saddle tanks for the War Department plus others of various types for industrial use. Employees were issued with a bright metal button hole badge just a fraction less than an inch in diameter featuring a simple front view of a locomotive with the initials H C on each side also &Co Ltd with the employees works number stamped underneath. The example acquired for the Chasewater Railway museum is number 905.