It really is surprising just how long some companies do retain records. If
they do still have them, and since your father is now dead I can see no
reason why they would not let the son have a copy of them. You may need to
produce the death certificate though.
If the armed services will do this, then companies surely will.
I have spent some time looking into the 1951 Post Office Directory for
London, and I have not spotted any companies allied to plastics in the NW2
area. That would have been the postal area for Cricklewood in those days.
However there are a lot of them, so I could have missed something. If you
have a some other identity for the firm it would help a great deal.
From: "Brian Beanland" <brian.beanland(a)virgin.net>
Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 16:00:44 +0100
Subject: [SoG] Tracing Employment Records
Resent-Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 09:01:07 -0600
My father was born in June 1904 and he died in 1978. I have a general idea
of his early employment record but I have a gap between 1947-1963, when my
siblings and I think that he continuously worked for a single company based
in Cricklewood, North London. All his siblings are dead and neither I nor
any of my siblings can recall the name of his employer.
My father was skilled in moulded and extruded plastics and I am searching
trade directories to see whether or not any such companies are listed as
operating in that geographic area.
I would like to identify a source that would positively identify his
employer - national insurance/ tax records for example - however I have a
feeling that the relevant authorities would either not have the records
available or if they did would not be able to disclose their content until
100 years had elapsed since his death.
Does anyone have experience of a similar problem and if so did they manage
to find a solution?