I had known Charlie all my life as had many people who went to E L Barlow in Heswall for timber. He was a very hardworking and skilled man who served an apprenticeship to become fully qualified carpenter or “chippy” When I was called up for National Service we got talking about the army and to my surprise I found that Charlie had been in the RFC using his skills to repair aircraft that had been shot up. He was continually amazed and a bit fed up after spending all night repairing an aircraft for it to returned in pieces the next day ready for him to start again! I was amazed to hear of his materials wood, string, glue, canvas and something called “dope” He gave me his war hammer which is still in my toolbox.
William Charles Povey
Role Airforce Reg Royal Flying Corps Rank Private