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Hector Cameron Gardner

Royal Flying Corps 6 Squadron

Hector Cameron Gardner was my grand father born in Gateshead-on-Tyne in January 1898. He served as apprenticeship with the Austin Motor Company at Longbridge, Birmingham and then served 3 years in the RFC 6 squadron as pilot/navigator during WW1.

He married Dorothy Chandler in the early 1920's. Dorothy was employed in the design department of Handley Page during WW1 and was among the 40 passengers taken up on the test flight of the V1500 in November 1918.

After WW1 he found employment with the London Agents for Sunbeam cars in London. He was successful in the Motor Trade and by the early thirties was Managing Director of Dagenham Motors, Ford's London Agents. With the curtailment of the Motor Trade in the 1939-45 war, he was brought into the Ministry of Aircraft production by Lord Beaverbrook as Director of Mechanical Transport and Marinecraft Production. After WW2 he started his own company H.Cameron Gardner Ltd, operating Ferguson Tractor agents and later manufacturers of Hydraulic Loaders for agricultural tractors. He died in January 1981.

Marguerite Blackman-Fontaine

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