Glover, Reg (1900-1977) engineer and socialist

ADMINISTRATIVE/BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY: Reg Glover was born in Coventry in 1900. Apprenticed to a pharmacist on leaving school, his father died in 1916, and Glover was forced to give up his trade and take on a job in an engineering firm. After the war, he took an active part in the Labour movement, and following a period in the car industry he moved to Leicester where he became a machine knitting expert. This gave him the opportunity to travel widely in Europe, but he returned to Coventry in 1936 and became an aircraft fitter. After the war, he became self-employed, but later went back to the engineering industry as an 'ideas man'. Glover also wrote on the Labour movement within the engineering industry, producing articles and pamphlets under the pseudonyms Reg Wright and Dwight Rayton, and a play entitled The Gaffer, describing a Coventry strike.


  • Typescript and handwritten drafts of the autobiography, Thimble Pie by Glover, n.d.
  • Correspondence to and manuscripts by Glover regarding the Coventry 'Gang' System, the engineering trade, strikes and other matters, 1962-1973

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