Left is a ratings listing for the year 1926 showing F McWade as the occupier of No 1 The Highway in Shortstown. Frederick Mcwade lived at this address from 1925 – 1930 (and most probably earlier). He was the Inspector in Charge AID (Aeronautical Inspection Department) at Cardington and was closely involved with the R101 from the very beginning. He was born in 1872 in Glasgow and trained at the School of Military Engineering at Chatham then joined the School of Ballooning, Royal Engineers .
There are two frustrating things about researching this man - firstly I have been unable to find a photograph of him and secondly neither can I find a photograph of no 1 The Highway which was a wooden bungalow and disappeared along with No 2 The Highway many years ago. Now in 2013 the original houses numbered 3-12 The Highway still stand but numbers 1 and 2 have not been replaced and simply do not exist. After the R101 crash Frederick McWade remained in Bedford where he died on 3rd February 1947.
An obituary found in Bedford library for Frederick McWade states:
“His many friends will be very sorry to hear that Mr F McWade died on February 3rd 1947. From 1897 until 1914 Mr McWade served in the Balloon Factory, which later became the Royal Aircraft Factory, Farnborough. As a result he took part in the construction and trial flights of all the airships from Nulli Secondis of 1907 to H.M.A. Eta of 1913.