Derek Minter has passed on the information that Surjeet Singh Bansil died suddenly a few days ago at his home in Maidenhead:
Bansil (as he was known) was a Photogrammetic Instrument Operator at Faireys for many years He was a senior operator by the time I trained to work in that department in 1973. He remained on the staff until Christmas 1983 when the company, by then owned by Halcrow, made around half of the operators redundant. Some years later, and after the ESL takeover, he returned to work at the office in Reform Road but eventually was made redundant again and spent the remainder of his working life at a mapping company based in Worcester.
Bansil was a skilled and careful worker who was well respected by his colleagues.
I am sure our thoughts will be with his family at this difficult time.
Bansil is in the group photograph taken outside the Reform Road office in about 1979. He is number 85, in the top row – clip below, with Peter Timbrell, Tony Dady, R. Pandia, Fari Limoiee and Ken Pinkney, among others. The full group photograph is in the History section of the website.
News has come via Lawrence Scott that Fred Loake, who worked for Fairey Surveys in the 1950s, died on 18th December. The news came from Fred’s daughter Jennifer.
Fred was a surveyor, and worked with Lawrence in the Zambesi Valley, and other projects in Rhodesia and Malawi. Later he worked in the Plotting Section, and the Christmas 1957 edition of the internal newsletter ‘Air Surveyor’ has a note welcoming him to the Plotting Section along with Peter Cripps, Leo Lewis and Mike Neighbour “all Graduates of the ‘Bunny’ Burrows’ Academy”. Hopefully someone out there can fill us in on this!
He lived in Walsall, and his funeral is to take place on 18th December, which is all the information we have at the moment.
Ken Fostekew has found this photograph of what is presumably a rail track surveying platform using Eagle IX cameras.
Bill Cheffins is on the left of the photograph, but there is no information about the other people in the photograph, or of the survey job, location or date. Can anyone fill in the details?
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Ulrich (Uli) came to Fairey Surveys for survey experience during two summers – June to September of 1967 and July to September of 1968, and lodged with Eddie Holmes during his time here.
He is now Dr Ulrich Münzer of LMU University in Munich, Faculty of Geosciences, with a speciality in subglacial volcanoes in Iceland. Details and even a photograph here: www.isviews.geo.lmu.de
He spends summers in Iceland, so can’t get to the reunions, but has sent in some photographs of his time at Fairey Surveys, and his reference from Lawrence Scott when he left in 1968.
Click on the photographs to enlarge.
Dakota Whiskey Charlie before its FSL repainting
Wild A8s. John Churchard, John Parfitt and John Keay
Mosaicing. Pete Sharman, Stan?, ?
Kelsh Plotter, operator unknown
Lots of Kelsh Plotters
Zeiss C8 Stereoplanigraph, Tony Dady operating
Wild A8 – Don’t know who the operator is.
Wild A8. Harry Hodge?
Great cars – and is that Peter Challis’s Ford Anglia?
Compilation Department 1968, Peter Challis in the white coat
Ulrich Münzer (foreground) and Eddie Holmes (left), probably at Farnborough Air Show