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We Can Do It

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We Can Do ItWe Can Do It. Tells the story Ernest Holmes' career in the Army Service Corps in the First World War, as an owner-driver in the 1920s and manager of the Edward Box & Co Ltd's Birmingham office from the late 1920s to the 1949 when Edward Box was nationalised. Edward Box & Co. Ltd - formerly Marston Road Services Limited - were pioneers of the use of internal combustion engines at a time when steam traction reigned supreme in the world of heavy haulage. When, in 1929, they commissioned the Scammell One Hundred Tonner, their place in history as the iconic heavy haulier from pre-nationalisation days was assured. Following nationalisation Ernest built a vast and varied business empire that included haulage, storage, plant hire, heavy engineering, property management and the manufacture of fork lift trucks and was still active into his eighties. The book has been compiled by author and historian Roy Larkin through the personal memories of Ernest Holmes' daughter, Diane and his good friend and workmate, Frederick John Cooper. Fred himself joined the Box company in 1930 and at the age of 21 was responsible for a Scammell Pioneer and transported many heavy loads during the Second World War He remained with Ernest after nationalisation eventually becoming managing director of Ernest Holmes (Langley) Ltd, the heavy engineering division of the Holmes empire. All the above complimented by detailed research from official documents. 112 pages, 150 b/w photographs. softback

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