We regret to announce the death of David Samways on December 28. He joined Marconi’s in 1957 on an HND Thin Sandwich course, completing the course in 1961. David left the Company in 1968 and joined Honeywell Computers eventually settling in Australia in 1979 where he remained until his death.
He is not, therefore, a Marconi Veteran but because of the intensive work he has done over the years, as described below, he has made a very significant contribution to the recording of the history and raising awareness of The Marconi Companies and their employees and is thus remembered on this site.
David started the site MOFS in 2011 as a place to list the names of the apprentices from the mid nineteen fifties, David having joined Marconi’s at that time. Over the years the project expanded so that now it covers all engineering apprentices from 1941 to 1989. The list is far from complete but to date the list holds around 1000 names.
In 2012 he started a collection of Wikis covering the various areas of the Marconi business and these have proved an invaluable repository of Marconi documents both formal and those written by Marconi employees. He was helped in this by veterans in the UK who still had access to some of the Marconi publications, which have been scanned and added to the Wiki.
Luckily, the Wikis remain accessible so all the data is not lost but the search is now on to find a new moderator for the archive so that it continues to be a Marconi resource.
Further tributes to David from friends and work colleagues can be read Here