A well known personality, Georgie ("Jack") Frost lived in Banker's row, Pembroke, and regularly walked as far afield as Pembroke Dock and Stackpole. In the early twentieth century, he would would call from door to door seeking business repairing umbrellas.
: Matt; Hogg, Mayors; Cutings, PDMT
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From an old Pembroke family, John Froyne entered the Dockyard as an apprentice in 1849 and came first in every examination he sat. He became yard foreman, and in 1872 supervised work on HMS Thunderer (1872) before being appointed Assistant Constructor at Portsmouth Royal Dockyard, then (1881) Assistant Surveyor of Dockyards. In 1883 he returned as Chief Constructor to Pembroke Dock, where he oversaw the building of the mighty warships HMS Howe, Nile, Anson, Empress of India and Repulse.John Froyne was president of the Pembroke Dock Mechanics' Institute for more than eight years, and during his retirement was Mayor of Pembroke Borough.(Sources: Cuttings, PCL).
HMS Repulse, built under Froyne's supervision.
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Jack Frost, umbrella repair man.
John Charles Froyne, 1834 - (1913 ?)
H.A. Jones-Lloyd, solicitor
In the 1920s, Mr Jones-Lloyd would travel sedately, by open car, between his office at 67 Bush Street and the Market courthouse . Mr Frank Owen, then a trainee, recollects one memorable return journey:
There wasn't one other vehicle to be seen, a common condition then. However, on this occasion, a cyclist swerved out of upper Meyrick Street and rode a weaving course due west, towards us ... Mr Jones Lloyd stood up in his seat, letting the car free wheel. He raised his fist at the oncoming invader and shouted 'Get off the road, you damned road hog!' The man fell off his bike, we nearly ended up in the gutter and still there wasn't one other person in sight!
Picture: Matt cartoon, Sunday Graphic
Sir Edward James Reed, 1830-1906
An outstanding naval architect, Reed became chief constructor of the Royal Navy in 1863. His design for HMS Devastation (1869) established the mastless, metal, steam driven and turret-armed vessel as the standard for future warships. He left the Admiralty in 1870, for private industry. He was chairman of the Milford Haven Shipbuilding and Engineering Company. At the company's Pembroke Dock works (Jacob's Pill) the Hi Yei was constructed for the Imperial Japanese Navy. The local press sang his praises - " of all the men who came into this county, none has been such a developer of industry as Mr Reed ... just look at the works, at present nearly 600 hands going cheerfully to work everyday, and causing a weekly expenditure in the town of at least £900. Surely such a thing as this must be a wonderful boon to a place like Pembroke Dock". He designed ships for several other foreign navies, and was MP for Pembroke Boroughs 1874-1880.Reed edited various technical and professional journals. He wrote a series of authoritative works on shipbuilding and design, a number of travel books, and several volumes of poetry
; TO 8 Nov 1877
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Alderman William Smith
One of Mr William Smith's earliest memories was of his father parading with the Artillery Volunteers. "Many times I gazed with admiration as the men marched through the streets headed by their brass band. They made a brave show with their heavy busbies". He attended the British and National schools, but left aged 11. He entered the Dockyard in 1867 and stayed there until 1886. Working hours were 5.45 am to 5 pm weekdays, and to 4pm on Saturdays. Although enjoying the few weekly sessions at the Dockyard School, he found this period "lean .... unproductive imprisonment"He left to start his own stationery business, and involved himself in local politics. He was Mayor in 1910 and County Council chairman in 1934. He was interested in education, particularly the town's Coronation and County schools, and in libraries - at County Council level, he supported the development of the County Library. He obviously enjoyed reading widely - his writing is witty, perceptive, and illuminated with apt quotations. Reflecting on his own rather brief formal education and later practical achievements, for example, he recalls Chaucer's phrase - "the greatest clerks are not the wisest men". (Sources: Smith )Picture: Matt cartoon, Sunday Graphic.
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