Autumn 2023 Report of the Sir George Dowty Memorial Committee

The Autumn Report of the Sir George Dowty Memorial Committee


A life size bronze statue of Sir George Dowty standing next to a Lancaster undercarriage is now in production, it will include a video depicting Sir George’s life and achievements.

Agreement has been reached in principle with the Pershore Town Council that the statue will be erected in Pershore, and a steering committee has been formed to see the project to completion.

Organ Recital at Pershore Abbey

A Dowty Organ Recital event has been arranged to be held on the 6th of April 2024 at Pershore Abbey.

The Dowty family have close connections to the Abbey.

The distinguished organist at Dean Close School, Cheltenham and Director of Tewkesbury Abbey’s Schola Cantorum Simon Bell is our guest recitalist on this occasion.

As well as music there are to be contributions by Dowty related personnel.

There is no admission fee. To register for attendance, contact Mr Will Mundy on


The Committee are dedicated to publicising the most remarkable life of Sir George Dowty and the company he led.

There is a full program of lectures to learned bodies during the autumn. Radio, TV, and the press frequently feature Dowty.

The Committee will shortly issue a sequel to John Whitaker’s hugely successful Battle of Britain paper majoring this time around the significant contribution made by the Dowty Group to safety in the mines.

Contact Mr Will Mundy for a copy.

Further articles are planned; all articles issued by the Committee have international circulation.

Sir Robert Hunt

Sir Robert Hunt had a distinguished career with the Dowty Group – rising from an apprentice to Chairman – it spanned over 50 years.

The Safran Group have instigated a Sir Robert Hunt Cup to be awarded each year to an apprentice.

The Committee are engaged in a programme to publicise the very successful Dowty training program- widely held to be amongst the finest in the land.

Rev George Dowty.

A forefather of Sir George Dowty was the Rev George Dowty (1817 – 1889) who devoted his life to service in the Anglican Church. His final years were as Rector at St Mary’s in Stockleigh English, Devon – where he made heroic efforts to maintain the fabric of the building.

His efforts were recognised by the erecting of a plaque in his honour. George took as his life motto the need to be, “trustful, thankful and hopeful”

The church is still in service today and the Committee have applied to a charity -funded by the late Sir John Laing-  for a grant to help with the maintenance thereof.


The Committee would welcome any ideas as to how to further the recognition of a person and business of world renown.

Martin Robins – Chairman of the Sir George Dowty Memorial Committee.

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