A factory manager who kept his production line running during the height of the Blitz has died aged 98.
Arthur Upton, a former Birmingham Post correspondent, was works manager of Macrome Ltd in Hay Mills and was charged with keeping the factory going as Hitler's bombers attacked the city during the Second World War.
The firm supplied machine tools urgently needed by the Army, so when an unexploded bomb landed outside his office, Mr Upton calmly carried on working as the bomb disposal squad struggled to excavate and remove the missile.
Born at Lowsonford in 1908, Mr Upton spent his childhood in Knowle, where the family moved in 1912. He remembered seeing a Zeppelin flying over the village in April 1918, before it dropped a bomb on Packwood. In 1915 he lost an eye while playing soldiers with his best friend, whose sister Doris he later married, living first in Small Heath and then in Yardley.
After their eldest child was born, the couple moved to Solihull, where Mr Upton became heavily involved in raising funds for a local community hall at Elmdon Heath. He also organised the successful 'Upton's Unknowns', variety performances held in various locations.
During the invasion threat of 1940 Mr Upton enlisted in the Local Defence Volunteers (LDV). He was a fire-watcher at Elmdon Heath and helped extinguish incendiary bombs, two of which once straddled his own house.
When the Macrome factory was bombed in November 1940 the firm quickly relocated to Alcester.
There, Mr Upton organised sports facilities, a series of social events in aid of the George Formby Spitfire Gun Fund, and a Red Cross Society event involving a military and local organisations' parade through the town, sports and various arena displays.
Leaving Alcester in 1942 Mr Upton and his family relocated when his firm moved to larger premises near Leicester, and it was here that his third child was born.
When the firm moved to Wolverhampton, Mr Upton left in 1949 to become the advertising executive for a firm of manufacturing chemists. He moved his family back to Knowle and renewed his acquaintance with Solihull School, where he had been educated, having gained a scholarship there in 1920.
As founder-chairman of the Old Silhillians Rifle Club in the 1950s, he played an active part in securing a rifle range and new club-room, and for more than two decades was the small-bore rifle-shooting correspondent for The Birmingham Post.
As editor of the Old Silhillian between 1956-1960 and again in 1963, he was closely involved in raising money for the School Chapel.
Mr Upton's first wife having died in 1955, in 1957 he married a work colleague named Kathleen White. They moved to Harbury in 1974 and to Snitterfield in 1987. For the last few years Mr Upton has been housebound and cared for by his wife. She and his three married children, Tony, Jill and Peter, survive him.
The funeral will take place at Snitterfield parish church at 1pm on Friday, followed by cremation.