A Matilda Tank built at Rustons in Lincoln - A Garfield Weston Connection 1941

Author: The Lincolnshire Echo
Date: An April 2019 image taken directly from an official Lincolnshire Echo photographic print. Photo taken on 7th August 1941.

A Matilda tank rolls out of the factory at Rustons in Lincoln. Miriam Weston, riding on the turret prepares to hand over the tank to Major-General John Scott Crawford, Director of Mechanisation, Ministry of Supply. Miriam's brothers Grainger and Garry Weston (the boy) are also riding on the tank.

W. Garfield Weston was a very wealthy Canadian businessman and philanthropist who was a member of the prominent Weston family. He led George Weston Limited. One of the associated companies and subsidiaries was Associated British Foods, which he created. He also served as a British MP during WWII (Conservative MP for Macclesfield.)

In June 1941, Garfield Weston gave a cheque of £10,000 to inaugerate the "Speed the Tanks Fund".

Willard Garfield Weston had made a fortune from his bakery and biscuit-making interests. Also during WWII, he made an even bigger donation to buy fighter aircraft for the RAF.

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