Chapter 3 & 4 – 1943 to 1968
World War 2, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world’s countries including all of the great powers eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries.
The year 1968 remains one of the most tumultuous single years in history, shocking assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert, F Kennedy, a much-hated war and a spirit of rebellion that swept through countries all over the world. Occurring at the dawn of the television age, the historic events of 1968 also played out on TV screens across the country, bringing them home in a way that had never been possible before.
Going back in time to the period of 1952 to 1968…ownership of the firm passed from Wilson Wright to Mr Hodge and then to Laurence Hyman. Laurence Hyman died suddenly and prematurely, whilst running the practice and thus, in 1952, the opportunity arose for Harold Gould, who was working freelance and part-time for Laurence Hyman to acquire the practice. Until that time, a period of fifty-nine years, the firm had not been much more than a sole practitioner with a few clerks and a secretary. In 1957, Harold Gould acquired a small practice owned by Ernst Manton, which for a while, traded under the style Gould & Manton but it was soon merged with the main practice. It was from this time that the firm started to expand. 1957 was also the year Brian Boreham, on leaving the Royal Air Force, joined the firm. Barrie Carmel was the next partner to join in 1967.