My father, Anthony John Bozworth, was always known as John Bozworth. He was born and brought up at Manor Farm, Chavenage, Tetbury until he was nine. He and his family then moved (with only the aid of a pony and trap) from Chavenage to Field Farm in Coaley. Eventually he built a bungalow on land bought from his father-in-law, Denis Griffin after marrying his eldest daughter Patricia Griffin. This plot was situated in the center of Coaley opposite the Church and Village Hall.
After leaving the Secondary School in Dursley he started work for Maudsleys, also in Dursley. He had a HNC in Electrical Engineering. He was in the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers during the Second World War, helping to keep the radar and other vital equipment in working order in Fayed near the Suez Canal in Egypt. He didn’t join the army in his teens as the farm work must have been considered more essential when younger.
On leaving Maudsleys he worked in the first nuclear power station at Berkeley when it opened in 1960 and left 10 years later when a better job offer was made by Oldbury power station (also nuclear). He retired early from Oldbury (1984) when given the chance, as he always had so many things he wanted to do and there were never enough hours in the day. On retirement he ensconced himself in his work shed with more time to repair and maintain the many broken electrical items for friends and neighbours alike.
He loved to solve problems and often would modify designs to strengthen them or improve the design function. I had many items over the years with a handmade tag on them stating “Bozworth Design Company – patent pending” but he didn’t really take himself seriously and it was enough to him to have found a workable solution.
Readers of "Practical Wireless" will have found some of his solutions printed there. Not because my father had sent them in, but my Uncle, who had taken note of my fathers ideas and wanted to share them.
He helped solve technical problems for my Uncle Robert who set up a firm called "Tomcat Trikes", which adapts bikes for handicapped children.
He was the brains behind the Everhot cookers. He designed the circuit boards that would allow the Everhot cooker to function and work with an ordinary 13 amp connection to the mains. I watched as my father hand made the first 10 circuit boards for these cookers. They were produced and went well. The production then went to so called ‘specialists’ who decided they knew better and changed things. Problems then occurred with the cookers and they had to stop production in the end. It took quite a while before one of Ossie Goring’s sons realized that the first 10 that my father had made were still going strong with no problems. Eventually they started to make the cookers again and Dad was sent a copy of the new brochure with a note saying “Dear John, the ‘Everhot’ cookers are now being made exactly as per your design”.
I didn’t share his ability with electrical things but found myself choosing jobs that entailed some electrical involvement so that I could share my work experiences with him. I lived in Malmesbury for over 20 years and made lights for Linolite, transformers for Custom Transformers, circuit boards for Lux traffic controls and lots and lots of Dyson cleaners for James Dyson. All these firms were based in Malmesbury. I also made motors for the IBM computers at Mycalex in Cirencester.
This site is conversion of part of booklet produced by 'Busyboy', the father of a neighbour of mine. We only met once and I immediately took to him; he was much like my late father, a practical, ex army engineer with wide interests.
It was only after he passed away that I learnt of his fascinating collection of early electrical medical aids, and the booklet that he'd written, and I offered to host this little site for a wider public.
Any queries, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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