One of the cards which started off my interest in Bata and Zlin. The writer of the card is writing to his children from a visit to Zlin, where he writes on the card of an appointment with Jan Bata himself.
The message, sent to children of the Bata employee in Stockwell, in 1935, goes …..A PC of the plane in which Mr Bata crashed . This has been reassembled and is in the Memorial Hall Entrance. Should have left for Vienna at 7 this morning but have a appointment with Mr Bata so will go by the 4.09 train from here arriving Vienna 8.30. Time at Victoria 4.27 Sunday still the same. Listened to BBC broadcast last night and heard you were having very hot weather. Cheers Love Dad and Mum.
Sent in 1935, The rubber cachet is for the Hotel Bata, Spolcensky Dum, Zlin, where I guess the Tuckers were staying.
Tucker family history –
Thomas Henry Arthur Tucker 1891 – 1970 [d Canterbury district]
m = Dorothy Alberta nee Whiteman 1898 – 1990 who married in 1916, when she was 18. Children – Doris I Tucker 1917 – 1997 [later Holden] Death recorded living at 46 Arundel Way, Newquay.
Death of Kenneth Manley Tucker in Ruthin, North Wales in 1942, whose ashes were buried Norwood Cemetery
Kenneth Tucker was an Aircraftman 1st Class with 24 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Service No 1234130
He joined the Bata Shoe Company at East Tilbury in 1937 and applied himself rising rapidly to the position of Foreman in the Leather Factory.
In 1940 he carried his Department to win the Annual Spring Competition. He left in April 1941 to join the R.A.F. where he chose engineering and maintenance work, he proved to be a hard and conscientious worker and rose to the rank of Corporal.
Kenneth died in Wales on Friday 17th July 1942, aged 21 and was buried at Norwood on Thursday 23rd July 1942.He was the son of Thomas Henry Arthur and Dorothy Alberta Tucker of West Norwood.
Apparently there was a crash in North Wales of Lockheed Hudson N7253 of 24 Squadron
V9127 – hit high ground, crashed Brayspool Ponterwyd, Cardigan
F/O D.C. Anderson – RAAF 400453 – +
F/Sgt G.R. Duncan – RCAF R/69109 – +
N7253 – bad weatherconditions – thunderstorm – crashed Tyn-y-Bryn Farm, Llanfair, Wales on a flight from Sydenham/Co.Down to Hendon
F/Lt J.B.G. Rogers – 78843 – +
W/O T.D. Butcher – 751687 – +
AC1 K.M. Tucker – 1234130 – +
Many "VIPs" on board, unfortunately no names of these passengers, total casualties 13 !
Aus403055 F/O Neville Patrick Peter KEARNEY RAAF + (24 Sqn.)
78843 F/L John Bryan Glostek(?) ROGERS + (24 Sqn.)
751687 W/O (Obs.) Thomas Derrick BUTCHER + (24 Sqn.)
808379 Sgt (W.Op./Gnr) Charles Robert BELL +
1234130 AC1 Kenneth Manley TUCKER + (24 Sqn.)
21092 W/C Malcolm Morgan McMullan +
36914 Major Terence Andrew Alfred WATT + (Life Guards)
31159 S/L Arthur William HOGGAR +
43089 F/L (Pilot) Brian Stanley BANNISTER DFC +
Herbert Ernest SMITH (Civilian) +
C A COATMAN (Civilian) ? ?
Edgar ARMITAGE + (Civilian)
LT-Com Alfred Noel WARING RN + (H.M.S.Landrail). **
I could not locate Coatman on the CWGC. He may have survived the crash. If there is one, could someone provide a place of death registration for him.
9th April 2009,
Mr Coatman was killed also. His grave is in Hawarden Cemetery just down the road from here and he is recorded in the CWGC Register for Flintshire etc. He was an Air Ministry Lands Officer, presumably something to do with acquiring land for airfield building? As I recall, a wing came off this aircraft while it was en route to (or from?) N Ireland and it crashed near Denbigh.http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?4843-Hudson-N7253-24-Sqdn-17-7-42
Here’s the alleged site, in Grid SJ1556
adjacent to Bryn Isaf Farm
Charles Arthur Denaby Coatman of 120 Marsden Road, Brooklands, Sale, Cheshire died in a field at Tyn-y-Bryn Farm, Llanfair Dyffrin Clwyd, Ruthin. Probate to Douglas Percy Coatman £1338 16s 6d , commercial accountant.
What was he doing in the field, one might ask. Or, for that matter, of
Herbert Ernest Smith of 26 Parham Drive, Ilford Essex. Admin to Amelia Morgan [spinster, sister of widow] and
Ethel Smith £2381
age – 40. born Norwich district 1902. married Ethel Morgan West Ham 1930
Edgar Armitage of 15 Ashleigh Road, Leicester probate to Enid Elizabeth Armitage, widow, et al £8417 6s 6d
Gloucester Citizen Gloucestershire, England
22 Jul 1942
Director Killed Mr. Edgar Armitage, director a Leicester firm of engineers, has been killed in flying accident while returning to England from Northern Ireland after a business trip. He was a golfer and Rugby football referee, and served in the last war
Edgar Armitage, 1896 – 1942
Edgar Armitage was born in 1896, [Dewsbury district]
Edgar married Enid Elizabeth Armitage (born Pochin) on month day 1920, at age 24 at marriage place.
Enid was born on July 18 1895, in Blaby, Leicestershire, England.
They had one son: Peter Michael W Armitage. [b.1922] and two daughters Petronilla [b 1927 and Drusilla [b 1929]
Edgar passed away on month day 1942, at age 46.
Probate for KMT – 30th October 1942, Effects £154 Executor- his father, hardware merchant, of 127 Norwood High Street SE27 which was a derelict shop in 2016.
The reference to St Asaph is misleading and wrong.
** Waring – of The Bungalow Machrihanish [Mull of Kintyre location for the 1994 Chinook crash which also carried a number of military top brass, as did the Ruthin crash] probate to Edna Blanche Wilson Waring, Widow.
63 Cowley Road and most of the rest of that area was cleared and redeveloped.
And now we have another extraordinary coincidence, a young Bata employee who spent time in Czechoslovakia as a youth trainee in Zlin, Richard Bloor also died in a wartime plane crash in 1942….and in Shropshire, about 40 miles from the Tucker crash
Richard Bloor was a Pilot Officer with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
He was born on 21st August 1917 in Karachi, India, he was the son of John and Elizabeth Bloor of Grays Thurrock.
In 1929 hew was living in 
] Chadwell Road, “Jalapalar”, Grays, Essex, with his siblings and mother. His brother Jack also worked for the British Bata Shoe Company and went to Zlin to train before returning to East Tilbury to work in the Leather Factory.
Richard started working for British Bata in 1933 and transferred to Zlin in 1934, where he stayed until 1938. He returned to East Tilbury as an Instructor in Department 487 and spent 4 years in Zlin before taking up his appointment at East Tilbury.
He died in a flying accident on Tuesday 14th April 1942, aged 24 and is buried (along with other members of the crew of the aircraft) in Shropshire.
The card was sent in 1938 to his brother Jack, and also from someone called Dell, no doubt another Bata overseas trainee
Tagged: , bata , tucker , postcard , zlin , sw9 , stockwell , london , brixtonSome local news is curated - Original might have been posted at a different date/ time! Click the source link for details.