Athol Purdey 1858-1939 Athol Purdey 1858-1939

War Years

Athol Purdey took over the running of the business from his father, James Purdey the Younger, seeing it through the prosperous Edwardian years, and supervising Purdey’s manufacture of weapons’ parts and equipment for the War Department during World War One.

Athol’s sons, James and Tom, both joined the firm in the 1920s, taking over its running in 1929. Although the number of gun orders rose steadily after World War One, difficult times returned with the onset of World War Two. Once again, Purdey’s turned to the war effort, and our craftsmen, overseen by Harry Lawrence, aided Britain’s efforts by manufacturing precision tools and gauges.

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