As can be seen Shortstown and the Camp have seen many changes since 1917 and in modern speak both have been 'reinvented' several times. Each change has attracted experts in their own fields - people who have contributed to society in many ways - and whilst these people never lived in Shortstown they all worked across the road at some point and would have known many of the residents. Let's celebrate their talents....
Sir Alfred Pugsley OBE - a gifted engineer. As a young man he was part of the RAW Design Team working on the R101 airship alongside Harold Roxbee Cox (later Lord Kings Norton) - he was particularly interested in structural safety. He had a very accomplished career and in 1945 was appointed Chair of Civil Engineering at Bristol University. He was awarded an OBE in 1944 and a Knighthood in 1956. Whilst working with the Design Team he lived in Willow Road off London Road in Bedford.
Sir John Fleetwood Baker - For a while John Baker worked as a Technical Officer at the RAW. Later using his structural engineering skills he went on to invent the
indoor Morrison Air Raid Shelter used during WW2 named after the then Minister of Home Security Herbert Morrison. By 1941 500,000 shelters were in use up and down the country with a further 100,000 distributed by 1943.