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"He was a man of principle and that was what took him into the Co operative movement."

HE helped build the very first Rolls Royce in Derby and used to visit Buckingham Palace to service the Prince of Wales' luxury motor but Alf Robinson never had a driving licence!

Couldn't have been easy with grandma Sarah on her own in a new country away from family and friends knowing no one with 2 young children.

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Maybe in my genes was this same desire to travel like grandad and grandma as we left for NZ with 3 young children in 1971, then to Australia with 5 children in 1982, we also had no family and friends in these countries.

In 1908, Alf and his young family returned to England for a holiday and it was during this time that his father persuaded him to stay by telling him about a big new works opening in Derby.

These photos have been sent in by Richard Robinson. They feature his grandfather, Alf Robinson, a stalwart of Derby's Co operative movement and Rolls Royce engineer. Jane Goddard reports.

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The family settled into a house on Drewry Lane and Alf remained with Rolls Royce as a fitter for 37 years, Nike Trainers Khaki

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The works was owned by Rolls Royce and Alf decided to apply for a job. Under the personal supervision of Henry Royce, he helped to build the Nike Trainers White Mens first R R car chassis at the new Nightingale Road site. Indeed, he had the distinction of being the first Derby man to work on a Rolls Royce at Derby, as the other workers had all been brought to the town from Nike White Trainers Black Tick

´╗┐Alf came back from US to become first Derby man to work on Rolls

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urged by fellow workers to stand for election to the Board of Management of Derby Co operative Society. It was the start of a 31 year association with the society, which saw him become chairman of the Shareholders' Group.

Born and bred in Derby, Alf spent his life in the motor trade. After serving his apprenticeship as a fitter, he found employment in Chesterfield and Sheffield but, during the depression that followed the Boer War, decided to try his luck in the United States.

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the company's Manchester works.

His proud grandson, Richard, who lives in Smalley, said: "My grandfather was a big union man. He fought for the working man.

finally retiring in 1945.

My grandad Alf Robinson, if only I had the chance to chat with him now, it was later in life when I realised just what they did,to go to the USA to start a new life in 1902,then one did not jump on a plane to to cross the Atlantic it was a long voyage,they settled over there, started a family, where my mother Mabel and her sister Gladys were born in Pennsylvania.

It was during this time that Alf, a union man, became involved with the Co operative movement. In 1929, he was Nike Trainers Black And Gold

My grandad Alf Robinson, if only I had the chance to chat with him now, it was later in life when I realised just what they did,to go to the USA to start a new life in 1902,then one did not jump on a plane to to cross the Atlantic it was a long voyage,they settled over there, started a family, where my mother Mabel and her sister Gladys were born in Pennsylvania.

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He and his young wife, Sarah, made their home across "the Pond" for six years. For some of that time, Alf was employed at Wilmerdin, Pennsylvania, in the experimental works of George Westinghouse, the man who invented the compressed air brake system that bears his name.

Couldn't have been easy with grandma Sarah on her own in a new country away from family and friends knowing no one with 2 young children.

Maybe in my genes was this same desire to travel like grandad and grandma as we left for NZ with 3 young children in 1971, then to Australia with 5 children in 1982, we also had no family and friends in these countries.

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