My father, in his first car, a 1929 Amilcar.
Harold on a rally in the Alps.
My mother and father on their wedding day at Caxton Hall, London
Three brothers, from left, Roy, Conrad and Harold Nockolds (my father). Taken in Farnham, Surrey at a family wedding.
Harold is on the left of this group, with two of his brothers, Roy and Conrad ("Twinkie").
Lunch in the garden in Somerset
Gwen Nockolds, my Aunt, getting married to Ronald Howard. The marriage did not last and Gwen was single most of her life. She was a fine singer, seamstress and bon viveur. She ran The Steering Wheel Club in London's Shepherd's Market for some years.
When Gwen came to stay my sister and I used to get into bed with her in the morning for tea and Lincoln Cream biscuits. Her nails were always beautifully manicured and her skin soft as a rose petal.
My Aunt Norah Nockolds before she married Lionel Gallwey
Flora van der Heyden, my father's mother.
The cover of 'The Magic of a Name', the history of Rolls Royce, written by my father. The book includes illustrations by my Uncle Roy - please see his page here
The front cover of The Coachmakers, a book edited by Harold. He was honorary historian of the Coachmakers' Company of which he was a liveryman.
This book by my father was published in 1980 and is the story of the RFD Group. RFD were the leading producers of inflatable dinghies and liferafts during World War 11, being instrumental in saving countless Allied airmen when they had to “ditch” their aircraft in the sea. Today RFD supply liferafts for airliners globally as well as for ships of every kind and for navies around the world.
When my father was trying to think of a title for this book my mother came up with the idea of using the RFD initials
for RESCUE FROM DISASTER
QUOTE FROM BACK FLYLEAF OF BOOK:
Harold Nockolds, the author of this fascinating company biography, is well known for his authoritative history of Rolls-Royce, THE MAGIC OF A NAME, which was first published in 1938 and has been reprinted many times. In recent years he has produced LUCAS – THE FIRST 100 YEARS, published in two volumes by David & Charles, and has edited THE COACKMAKERS, the official history of the Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harnessmakers.
From The Times House Journal
, September 1951
My father died on 1 November 1982. Here are some of his obituaries.
My father was a vice chairman of the RAC from 1975 to 1977. Here is a tribute to him from Pell-Mell & Woodcote - Journal of the RAC Town and Country Clubs