Harry was the regular pronunciation of Henry in the Middle Ages, although Henry always appeared in official documents.From Harry came Harris, mainly found in the south of England, and Harrison, mainly found in the north.In the mid-1930s the family moved to the new Dagenham Estate, where his mother was given a council house.Passingham started working for Briggs Motor Bodies as a production worker, but at the age of 17 he joined the army.Early references to the Harris surname are William Herry in Colchester in 1337, William Harrys in Oxfordshire in 1406, and Lawrence Harryes in Hertfordshire in 1468.
The failure to get the women reclassified would have repercussions in 1984, when the women went out on strike again.
Passingham was to spend time as a Barnardo’s boy; he even appeared as one in the film Goodbye, Mr Chips.
He never forgot watching his mother struggle and this left him with a deep appreciation of how hard women had to work.
It was his action in refusing to agree to the whole claim, unless grading was included, that made it possible for us to carry on the fight.”The strike lasted for nine weeks and culminated in the women being brought into arbitration at Acas, where they were represented by Passingham.
After a series of tests, including comparing the men’s work to the women’s, the Acas panel ruled that the womens’ work did indeed qualify for them to be in grade C. His father suffered from shell shock after the First World War and was hospitalised, leaving Passingham’s mother, Amy, to raise a large family.
He would maintain his contacts with the army, becoming a captain in the territorials during the Cold War, when experienced people were taken on as trainers in case hostilities broke out.