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    More patent rights, those for Messrs. Newton's glazing bar, were absorbed at this time. The new acquisition embodied a very simple principle, and its unusually low cost enabled the company to gain many new orders. The first large order was received for the extensive Daimler Works at Coventry and this was completed in the minimum time without a single complaint. This experience established confidence in accepting other large orders.
    An echo of the time when the Hayward brothers described themselves as Hot Water Engineers occurred in 1911 when a Heating Engineer, W. S. P. Killick, was engaged. Until that date the company had undertaken relatively small heating jobs, but reinforced by this expert knowledge it created a new department devoted exclusively to this specialised work. Large contracts were subsequently obtained from public bodies and others.
    Three years later, the country was at war. Those, like H. T. Walker, who have recorded their impressions of the bombshell which exploded in the heat of a summer's day, in August 1914, frankly confessed their belief that the struggle would be averted by some last-minute intervention.
    The normal scope of Haywards' manufacture did not, of course, include anything that might be termed munitions. But it was soon found that the company could contribute to the national effort in other ways. Orders were carried out for the various Government departments for such requirements as steel windows for Army huts, roof glazing for munition factories and other buildings. With the development in aircraft design, then in a most primitive state, the company was able to supply thousands of wiring plates, engine beds, kite balloon valves, pulleys and diverse other accessories.
    As the war dragged on, the versatility of the staff in adapting their skill to new tasks and types of work was proved. The shell shortage and political upheaval led to many factories being brought under Government control. This was applied to Haywards on New Year's Day, 1916.