been searching the web for Bill Baxter of Moir & Baxter whom I knew
on National Service in the Army in about 1955. If
alive, he must be 80, like me.
Thank you to George Roy who replied, telling me that Bill
Baxter is still alive, and how to contact him. (Details have now
been passed on to Fred Blick.)
who originally had a
Roy's Garage at
Abbeyhill, was a business associate of Bill Baxter (and his father).
Mr Baxter is still alive. He,
in fact, last spoke to my mother last September
at the time my father sadly passed away.
George Roy, Hong Kong: March 29+30, 2009
He was keen on cars then.
Here is a photo of him cleaning his Austin Healy sports car,
with my vintage Austin 7, 1929, behind him.
I rediscovered the photo only a year or two ago."
was taken in front of the Officers' Mess
of 2nd Battalion, RASC, Farnborough, Hampshire. I would love to let him
have a copy of the photo as it will bring back many memories of our army
Since my National Service
days I have seen Bill Baxter only once and briefly - about 25 yeas ago and
quite by accident in Henderson's Vegetarian Restaurant in Edinburgh, when
my wife and I were there during the Festival period. He he was immediately
recognizable and little changed, the same genial, easy going friend."
"Bill was instrumental in my
buying my first new car when in the Army in 1955, an Austin A30 from his
Edinburgh family firm. New cars were then
difficult to get, believe it or not, with a long waiting list for
My wife and I celebrated
collecting this car (which was equipped with a heater for the first time
in our experience) by turning the heat on in midsummer, thereby sweltering
all the way home because we did not know how to turn it off while on the
move! Such happy and simpler days."
Fred Blick, Stafford, Staffordshire,
England: August 11 + 12, 2009