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UNDERWOOD, William J. (1912-2000) was born on 12 November 1912 and started his career at Lyons, in 1928, in the Despatch Office. By the time war broke out he was a supervisor. Between 1940-1946 he served in the Royal Artillery as a gunnery instructor and later as a weapon and field training instructor of infantry. On his return to Lyons after the war William Underwood joined the Engineers Stores Office, Abbey Road, and went from there to the wages office at Cadby Hall, then to the Bakery Sales Office and then to the Statistical Office. In 1950 he was transferred to the accounting department of Ice Cream Sales and later took charge of the newly-formed Statistical Section there. Three years later (1953) he opened Ice Cream's first regional office. This was the start of a of an 18 year period of opening, rationalising, closing, merging and running various office departments within Ice Cream and Total Refrigeration. Later he became manager at Lyons Maid head office. In 1971 Underwood took charge of Lyons Bakery's financial accounting and when Bakery moved to Carlton he went with them. He retired in 1977 and died on 13 January 2000.