Information on Local Railway Staff


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Name Position / Dates Details
Abel
J. W.
Frinton & Walton, Stationmaster
1962 to ??


Adams
Arthur
Clacton, Train Driver


Adams
George and Charles
Kirby Cross, Signalmen
1912 - 1955
George and Charles were brothers who were signalmen at Kirby

Aldous
Ted
Frinton Stationmaster (Walton, Frinton and Kirby Cross)
Christmas 1962 to 1969
Ted came from Raleigh to Frinton and he lived at a flat in Walton for six years.
After serving at Frinton Ted went to Colchester to work as an Administration Clerk from where he retired.


Aldous
A.
Clacton, Signalman
1906


Aldridge
Jack (Edgar John)
Clacton, Guard
Son in law to Cliff Strutt, Jack started working for the railways just before the first World War as a porter at Thorrington. He was promoted to porter/signalman at Colchester and then progressed to a Guard at Clacton.

He was the Guard on the first electric passenger train to arrive at Clacton on 13th April 1959

Allen
F.E.W.
Wivenhoe, Stationmaster (including Alresford & Brightlingsea)
1961
From East Essex Gazette 27 January 1961 - Mr F.E.W. Allen is the new stationmaster at Wivenhoe and will also be in charge of Alresford and Brightlingsea. He was appointed a relief stationmaster in the King's Cross district in 1952, and recently has been stationmaster at Manea, near Ely.

Allen
Frank Archie
Railway Clerk
?
Info from 1911 census

Amos
Ivan
Clacton, Walton, Driver/Fireman
1942 - 1983
Son of Gordon Amos

Ivan began his working life as a butcher until he was of age to join British Rail. In doing so he was following in his father’s footsteps, and began his much loved life long career with British Rail on May 25th 1942 as a nineteen year old cleaner. He eventually became Driver/Fireman Amos on the good old steam trains. He was based either at Walton-on-Naze or Clacton-on-Sea to London, Liverpool Street.
Ivan had two accidents during his career, the first was in February 1943 his description is hard to define, but the report clearly states that he suffered burns to his left ankle. His second accident was in December of the same year where he clearly states that upon climbing on the back of the tender to fill up with water, he slipped and put his hand on the red hot dart used to clean the fire, resulting in burns to his left hand across the centre of his palm. There was no immediate damage.
Ivan met his lovely Renee in 1943 and they were married on September 8th 1945 in St Peters and St Pauls church in St Osyth. They had three children, a daughter and two sons. Sadly Ivan lost his lovely Renee in 1977 just two days before her 53rd birthday. His hobbies were fishing, clay pigeon shooting, snooker and gardening. In later life Ivan took up bowls and won many accolades.
Ivan took early retirement on June 11th 1983 aged 60 after 42 years service on the Railway under their redundancy and early retirement arrangements. This was a decision that he didn’t live to regret, he lived his life to the full for a very happy 25 years, fulfilling his dream of visiting Australia.
During his long career Ivan was issued with quite a few speeding tickets and to the best of my knowledge he still holds the record for the most tickets issued!
Driver Amos was just the ticket!
- Suzette Mizen

Amos
Gordon
Clacton, Driver/Fireman
1918 - 1966
Father of Ivan Amos.

Gordon was the son of Thomas Amos a coachman (later known as viticulture and owner of a pub in Layer-de-la-Haye, Essex named the Donkey and Buskin, which no longer exists) and Florence Amos, a domestic Servant.
Gordon joined British Rail in 1918 aged just seventeen as to the exact date I don’t have those details, but like his son after him he was a cleaner eventually becoming known as a Driver/Firemen Amos on the steam trains.
His marriage to Edith Gardiner daughter of Nellie Maud and George Gardiner a horseman took place on July 30th 1922 at the parish church of Walton-le-Soken (known today as Walton-on-Naze). Gordon and Edith had two children a son and a daughter.
Gordon’s hobbies were clay pigeon shooting and darts of which he continued to pursue after his retirement from British Rail in 1966 aged 60. He was married to Edith for 54 years until his demise in 1976.
- Suzette Mizen

A Mr G Amos is also referenced in the Clacton Times article dated 10 December 1927 concerning the accident that occurred to Mr W Reynolds.

Anderson
Charles W.
Thorpe, Stationmaster
1900 - 8th June 1951(last 9 years at Thorpe)
Extract From East Essex Gazette 15 June 1951
Station Master at Thorpe for nine years, Mr Charles W. Anderson, officially retired on Saturday after more than 50 years railway service.
Mr Anderson first became a stationmaster at Brampton in Suffolk in September 1931. After serving as stationmaster at Brampton for three uears, Mr Anderson was stationmaster at Theydon Bois for six years. Before coming to Thorpe in May 1942, he was stationmaster at Wivenhoe for two years.
He entered the service of the G.E.R. Company as a clerk in August 1900 and served in a clerical capacity at many stations in the London Area.


Appleton
A
Kirby Cross, Porter
1926


Badger
William
Weeley, Signalman/Crossing Keeper
1933
Mr William Badger, who was on duty in the Weeley signal box last Saturday night when a car driven by Mr Gerald Quinn, of London. N.W., crashed into the level-crossing gates. Mr Badger slowed up the Clacton train and helped to remove the car, the driver of which was uninjured.

Article from Times And Gazette 3rd June 1933

Bagle
Ron
Clacton, Driver
?


Bailey
William
Frinton, 'Temporary' Stationmaster
1888 - 1890
William Bailey was appointed as a 'temporary' Station Master at Frinton when trains began to stop there in 1888.


Balls
W.
Clacton, Porter
1906


Bancroft
Charley
Frinton, Porter/Crossing Keeper
1962 to ??


Banham
R. (Bob)
Walton, Driver
circa 1950's


Banks
Ike (Arthur Edward)
Frinton, Walton, Porter and Stand in Crossing Keeper
1935 - 1968
Arthur Edward Banks started as a porter at Frinton in 1935 then he was promoted and transferred to Walton in 1963. Arthur retired in 1968. He also helped build the station wall at Frinton.

Born at 7 Witton Wood Lane (as it was called then) on 7th January 1905
Married Lucy Kate Spencer on 7th November 1931 at Walton Parish Church, lived in Churchfield Road for the rest of his life
Died of a stroke on 15th July 1974


Barber
Terry
Norwich, Restaurant Car Attendant
1952
On temporary loan to Walton/Clacton

Barber
Graham
Norwich, Restaurant Car Attendant
1952
On temporary loan to Walton/Clacton

Barker
Alfred
Thorpe, Signalman
1960's


Barnard
William C
Frinton, Stationmaster
?
Mr Barnard died in 1922.
According to Census information he was a Stationmaster at Edmonton in 1891, 1901, 1911


Barnham
Ben
Frinton, Crossing Keeper
?


Barrel
Fred
Clacton, Driver


Barrel
John
Clacton, Driver


Barrow
John
Clacton, Train Driver


Barton
Charles
Great Bentley, Signalman
1908 - 1958


Basham
??
Frinton, Manager of station W.H. Smith Book Stall


Bass
Harry
Thorpe


Beckett
William
Clacton, Guard
1949
Mr Beckett sustained shock and bruises when he was thrown off balance when goods wagons collided with stationary coaches at Clacton in April 1949

Beckett
Steve
Clacton, Driver
Son of Vic

Beckett
Vic
Clacton, Driver
Father of Steve

Bennett
Arthur
Walton, Guard


Bennett
C.
Clacton, Guard
1906


Berry
H.
Clacton, Guard
1920 - 1966+
Article from East Essex Gazette 18th February 1966 detailing presentation to Mr Berry for 45 years service.

Betts
F.
Frinton, Stationmaster
1938 - 1948(?)


Bines
Bram
Clacton, Train Driver


Bird
W.H.
Signal Engineer


Bloomfield
Paul
?, Driver
1960's


Bloomfield
S.
Clacton, Driver
1906


Bluett
Fred
Pork Lane, Crossing Keeper
1925 - 1957


Bolton
Sid
Clacton, Guard


Boulton
G.
Clacton, Driver
1906


Bowyer
Jim
Walton, Clerk
Lived in Weeley

Bradbrook
Stanley
Clacton, Porter
1915 - 1964
Stanley was a Porter at Clacton for 42 years although he spent 49 years working on the railways. He retired in February 1964

Bridges
Alfred John
Kirby, Porter, Ticket Collector
1912 - 1916
Alfred joined GER at Kirby Cross in June 1912, he enlisted Jan 1916. During the First World War Alfred served with Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), 2nd Battalion as a Lance Corporal (No 21098). He was killed in action in June 1917 aged 22. His memorial is at Croisilles British Cemetery. Son of Alfred John and Annie Bridges of The Haven, Little Holland, Clacton-on-Sea

Briggs
William
Clacton/Walton, Driver
? - 1895
Extract from local paper 1895 - Mr William Briggs is a very old servant of the Great Eastern Railway Company, and one who is well known all along the line. For many years he lived in Clacton on Sea, and drove the passenger trains from there to Colchester. Through the effect of a very serious accident, by which his head was much injured, his eyesight became impared, and some four years ago he was removed to Walton on Naze, and up to a short time ago has run the trains between here and Thorpe. His sight becoming worse, he has been obliged to leave the foot-plate altogether, and is now in charge of the pumping engine and station at Thorpe junction.

Bright
Jack (John)
Frinton, Crossing Keeper
1921 to 1959
Extract from East Essex Gazette 1st May 1970.
Former Frinton Gatekeeper Dies.
Known to thousands as Frinton's Gatekeeper for nearly 40 years, Mr Bertie john (Jack) Bright died at his home on Monday. He was 75. A native of Bradfield, Mr Bright came to the Frinton district as a boy when his father was village policeman at Kirby. When he left school he joined the railway as a porter at Sudbury. At the outbreak of the First World War he joined the Royal Naval Division. He was taken prisoner and in his period of captivity he was shot in the ankle by a German guard. As a result of the neglect of the wound, he was paralysed when he was repatriated in 1918. His leg was amputated below the knee and he rejoined the railway as gateman at Frinton Railway Station where he remained until his retirement 13 years ago.
On retirement, having lost his wife shortly before, (Mrs Bright actually died shortly after moving to Holland) Mr Bright moved to Merrilees Crescent, Holland-on-Sea next door to his son and daughter in law.
Mr Bright was a member of York Road Bowling Club and Frinton Memorial Club.
The Funeral is at Colchester Crematorium on Monday.

The following article is taken from East Essex Gazette 27th December 1957

Britton
Aggie
Thorpe, Porter


Brown
Charles (Jock)
Clacton, Train Crew Supervisor Great Bentley, Booking Office and Gatekeeper Thorrington, Crossing Keeper
Started on BR 29 Nov 1976 with the S&T at Hackney Downs, London.
Transferred to operating November 1977 and worked at Thorrington Level Crossing till 1988.
Went to Great Bentley to work Booking Office and L.C. gates October 1988 to October 1990.
Worked as Train Crew Supervisor Clacton-on-Sea from October 1990 to October 1993.
Returned to Thorrington October 1993 to May 2009, when the level crossing closed due to automatic gates being installed.

Photograph of Jock at Clacton in 1992

Brown
George
Clacton, Signal and Telegraph (S&T).
1960's


Brown
Simon
Clacton, Train Driver
1979 - present (2014)


Brown
George Belmont
Clacton, Driver
1916 - 1967
George joined the railways in 1916 and came to Clacton in 1935. In 1951 he became a driver and drove some of the first electric trains that ran between Clacton and Liverpool St. He retired in March 1967.

Brundish
E
Walton, Guard
1930's - 40's
Guard on the Walton to Colchester line.

Burton
F.
Walton, Ticket Collector
1922


Bush
Charlotte
Frinton, Customer Service
2012 - 2014


Butcher
Ken
Clacton, Signal and Telegraph (S&T).
1960's


Butler
F.
Clacton, Carriage Services
1964


Calladine
William
Walton, Platelayer/ganger
Please see deatils against Harry Day

Campbell
Eric
Kirby Cross
1960's


Campbell
Grant
Clacton, Driver
1991 - present


Canel
Jimmy
Frinton, Crossing Keeper?
1911 ??


Cannell
George
Walton, Carman (van driver)
Lived in Kirby

Cannon
Ernie
Norwich, Restaurant Car Chef
1952


Carr
Andrew
Clacton, Train Driver
1983 - present (2014)


Chaloner
C.
Thorington, Stationmaster
1906 - 1956
The fate of Thorington Station is very much in the balance at the moment. British Railways are threatening to close it as an economy measure, but the local parish council backed by other local authorities, are fighting for its retention. This weeks picture shows the stationmaster, Mr C. Chaloner, watching a London train go through. Mr Chaloner is due to retire later this year, after 50 years' service on the railway.

Chaplin
S
?, Fireman
1960's


Chapman
Harold
Great Bentley, Ticket Office
1972
Mr Chapman fought off a robber at the Ticket office at Great Bentley as reported in the East Essex Gazette of 7th January 1972

Chapman
Stan
Clacton, Booking Clerk and Frinton, Crossing Keeper
1960 ? - 1967
Stan lived his whole life (except for the war years) at Kirby Cross - during the war Stan was a prisoner of war and worked on the Burma Railway in his late teens.
Stan was the Level Crossing keeper at Frinton during the 1960's.
He died during 2010 - 2011 at Kirby Cross - and was in his early nineties.


Churchard
Fredderick J
Clacton, Driver
1891 - 1935
Mr Churchard started his railway service at Colchester on May 31, 1891 as an engine cleaner. After six years he was promoted to fireman and in 1906 was transferred to Clacton as a spare driver. He went to Ipswich for three years on becoming a regular driver and then in 1914 returned to Clacton as a main line driver.

Clarry
William
Porter & Signalman
?
Info from 1901 census

Cleaver
Eric
Clacton, Restaurant Car Page
After 1952
Eric later became a Conductor

Clements
H
Clacton, Goods Foreman
1928
Mentioned in article Clacton Graphic 4 August 1928 Mr Easton retirement and The News 14 May 1932 and The News 16 July 1932

Clover
E.G.
Kirby Cross, Porter (1926) Clacton, Train Guard (1962)
1917 - 1962+


Clover
V.
Clacton, Ticket Collector
1964


Clover
E.R.
Clacton, Engine Driver
1962
Son of Mr E.G. Clover

Clover
B.
Clacton, Ticket Collector
1962
Son of Mr E.G. Clover

Cobbe
T.
Walton, Guard
1927


Coe
Albert (Bert)
Kirby Cross, Signalman
1960's


Coe
Eddie
Thorpe, Porter/Signalman


Cole
Derek
Clacton, Restaurant Car Attendant then Conductor
1952


Cole
Trevor
Clacton, Guard then Train Driver
1983 - ?


Cole
Ken
Walton, Restaurant Car Attendant then Conductor
1952


Cole
A.
Clacton, Signalman
1932
Source The News 14 May 1932

Cole
Colin
Walton, Restaurant Car Attendant
1952


Collins
Bill
Clacton, Train Driver
1985 - ?


Cook
Henry
Clacton, Guard
1883 - 1932


Cook
Harry
Clacton, Driver
1932
Harry Cook was the driver of the train that accidently killed a platelayer at Colchester.

Cook
Albert
Clacton, Driver
?


Cook
Dougie
Thorpe, Shunter
Photo taken August 1962


Cook
George
Frinton, Porter
1910 - 1914
George joined GER at Witham in May 1910. He enlisted at the outbreak of the First World War. Serving with the East Surrey Regiment, 7th Battalion he was reported missing presumed killed in action on 9th April 1916, aged 22. George is listed on the memorial at Pozieres British Cemetery, Ovillers-
La Boisselle.


Cooper
George
Frinton, Gate Lad/Porter/Signalman
1889 - 1903
29 July 1889 Gate Lad
19 October 1891 Porter Signalman
8 May 1899 Signalman
26 August 1899 Resigned


Cooper
A.J.
London, Graded Supervisor at Spittlefields Market
1919 - 1969
Mr Cooper retires from British Rail on November 8th 1969 after completing more than 50 years service with them.

Cotter
Chris
Thorpe, Signalman
?


Cousins
Ron
Clacton, Driver
?


Cox
Arthur
Brightlingsea, Booking Clerk
1913 - 1963
Mr Cox was booking clerk at Brightlingsea from 1923 - 1963. His retirement was accelerated by a decision to remove the clerical work of the branch line to Wivenhoe station.
Mr Cox joined the Great Eastern Railway in 1913 at Brightlingsea followed by a spell at Great Bentley.
In 1917 he enlisted in the Army. He was demobilised three years later.


Cracknell
J.
Walton, Fireman
1922


Crampin
Raymond
Clacton, Restaurant Car Page
1952


Crisp
E. W.
Clacton, Chief Goods Clerk
1928


Croyman
Phil
Clacton, Train Driver
1980 - present (2014)


Culpin

?, Stationmaster
1941


Dalby
??
Frinton, Booking Clerk
1930's - 40's


Darvell
Thomas
Frinton, Stationmaster
1928 - ?
In late 1928 Thomas moved into the Station House as the New Station Master following the retirement of Keppel Reeve.
Thomas was born in Bacton, Suffolk in 1884. By 1901 he was listed as a Railway Clerk while boarding at a house in Great Bentley, Essex. After marrying Mabel Ellen Deacon in 1908 , Thomas moved to 11 Witton Wood Lane to continue working as a railway Clerk in Frinton. The 1911 census shows him living with his wife, his 2 year old son also called Thomas and baby daughter Mabel both of whom had been born in Frinton. In the following years Thomas was promoted to Chief Clerk, moved to a house called Clovelly in Fifth Avenue and became the father of six more children, although, sadly, one daughter, Mavis died quite young of consumption (TB). Another daughter christened Muriel was known to everyone as Hazel and she and one of her sisters ran a sweet shop ('The Cabin') in Frinton.


Dawson
S
Walton, Guard
1927
Mr Dawson is mentioned in the Clacton Times article dated 10 December 1927 covering the accident that Mr W Reynolds was involved in

Dawson
George
Clacton, Guard


Day
Charles
Kirby Cross, Lad Clerk (1926) Walton, Fireman Walton, Driver
Please see information against Harry Day.
Charles Day ended his career as a driver in Norfolk


Day
Harry
Walton, Foreman Locoman in charge of Loco depot.
Information received from Geoff Smith-Gillard ( Kirby Locks).

My grandfather Harry Day was foreman locoman at Walton in charge of Loco depot (after coming down from Chelmsford on promotion, before that he was at Stratford Yard) .
My mother Edie Day (Smith-Gillard) worked in the station masters office at Colchester, my Uncle Charles Day started at Kirby Cross Station as boy/ porter then left and worked a milk round in Walton with a hand cart until a job came up at Walton as loco cleaner he got the job (from his dad Harry naturally) then worked his way up to fireman and finally driver, he did 55 years on British Railways and could drive steam, diesel and electric Locos, I believe he has driven the Royal Train and drove the last train out of Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk.
My step grandfather William Calladine I think was a platelayer or ganger at Walton.
We also have family that were on the railway in Ipswich, Suffolk, and Nottingham yard as loco cleaner/fireman/driver on the heavy freights.
I think my father Leonard William Smith-Gillard helped out on the railway after coming home from the war as they were short of men but can't remember what he did.

Day
Harry
Walton, Driver


Dennis
R.D.
Clacton, Stationmaster
1929 - 1958+
Mr Dennis leaves Clacton in November 1958 after two years as Stationmaster. He then moves to Southend where he will take up the post of Stationmaster on November 17th.

Deveraux
E.E.
Frinton, Stationmaster
1948 - 1948


Dews
C.
Walton, Guard
?1922 - 1941


Dines
P. G.
Clacton, Booking Clerk
1907 - 1921
Mr Dines was a booking clerk at Clacton for 14 years and was them promoted to Stationmaster at West Mill Station in May 1921.
This was reported in the East Essex Advertiser on 14th May 1921


Diss
Bob
Clacton, Restaurant Car Attendant
1952


Dixon
Walter
Thorpe, Porter
1945 - 1946
Sadly killed whilst working at Thorpe

Doubleday
Bill
Clacton, ?
? - 1958
Mr Doubleday retired in July 1958 after 47 years service on the railway. He started as a cleaner in 1911 at Norwich and has worked over nearly all of East Anglia.

Douglas
Ron
Kirby Cross, Relief Signalman


Drake
Ernest Golding
Clacton ?
? - 1958
Ernest Golding Drake, did stillwork on the Great Eastern railway when he moved to Clacton in the early 1950s. I have a plaque on a clock presented to him on his retirement which says 20-9-1958 from friends at Clacton-on-Sea station. I do not know what he did at Clacton or whether he also worked at Frinton. He was a guard when he lived and worked in Brentwood prior to that he worked at Pritlewell, Southend and lived in the Railway cottages in East Street.


Gill Drake
Granddaughter

Driver
Brian
Thorpe, Restaurant Car Page
1952


Dugdale
Fred
Walton, Thorpe, Parkeston, Signalman
1960's


Duller
Alfred
Thorpe, Porter-Guard
1917 - 1959
East Essex Gazette 10th April 1959
Members of the staffs of Frinton, Walton and Kirby stations held a presentation ceremony at Walton Station recently to mark the retirement of Mr A. Duller, porter-guard, of Halstead Road, Kirby Cross.
Mr Duller had served 42 years with British Railways. Farewell speeches were made by staff members, including the Walton stationmaster, Mr A. R. Nicholls. The presentation consisted of a gift of money


Dykes
T.
Clacton, Driver
1906


Easton
F. A.
Clacton, Stationmaster
1919 - 1928
Mr Easton retired in July 1928. He commenced work as a clerk at Trowse, near Norwich in 1877. After this he was booking clerk for ten years at Norwich, eight years a district relieving stationmaster, three years stationmaster at Docking, two years at Fakenham, and eighteen years at Dereham. He was stationmaster at Clacton for nine years.

Mr Easton made a presentation to Mr Dines in May 1921. This was reported in East Essex Advertiser 14th May 1921

Edwards
Philip
Kirby Cross, Stationmaster
1951
Mr Edwards was a member of the Clerical Staff at Thorpe before becoming the Stationmaster at Kirby.

The newspaper article of 23 February 1951 describes a presentation to Mr Edwards at Thorpe on the occasion of his wedding.

Eldred
E.W.
Clacton, Booking Clerk and Weeley, Stationmaster
1939 - 1961+
Source: Times and Gazette 25 February 1939 Mr C.E. Jolly leaves Clacton

Ely
R. (Ron) and wife
Frinton, Ran approach bookshop and station bookstall.
circa 1950's / 60's


Evans
T.
Walton, Signalman
1922


Everett
H.
Clacton, Porter
1906


Everitt
Frank
Kirby Cross, Signalman
1960's


Fairbrother
Peter
Clacton, Train Driver
? - 1966


Fairclough
Doug
Frinton, Crossing Keeper
?


Fairhurst
Albert
Clacton/Frinton, Crossing Keeper
1960 ? - 1967


Farrington
F.E.
Clacton, Clerk
1906


Fasenage
Charlie
Colchester, Restaurant Car Attendant
1952


Field
W.E.
Weeley, Porter/Signalman
1933
Article from Times And Gazette ~17 June 1933

Fields
Bill
Walton, Signalman
1960's


Fitch
Les
Relief Signalman
1960's


Flanagan
John
Clacton, Car Sheds


Forsythe
Bill
Clacton, Restaurant Car Attendant
1952


Foskew
John
Frinton, Crossing Keeoer
? to 2009?
The last crossing keeper at Frinton before the gates were removed

Francis
Harry
Clacton, Restaurant Car Page
1953 - 1975
Harry later became a Conductor

Frasier
John
Clacton, Driver
Photograph of John at Ipswich

Frost
Martin (?)
Thorpe, Signalman
1994 ?


Frost
?
Thorpe, Motor Driver


Frost
George
Colchester, Mechanical Charge Man
1886 -1937
Mr Frost retired in 1937 after 51 years service with G.E.R and L.N.E.R.

Garnham
William Rupert
Great Bentley, Platelayer
1905 - 1938


Gayton
H.
Clacton, Stationmaster
1928 - 1932


Gibb
Ron
Clacton, Restaurant Car Page
After 1952
Ron later became a Conductor

Gilbert
W.G.D.
Thorpe, Stationmaster and Clacton, Stationmaster
1951


Goodey
V.
Clacton, Porter
1964


Gorden
Andrew
Clacton, Train Driver
1985 - present (2014)


Gordon
Dougie
Clacton, Driver


Gould
B.
Clacton, Guard
1964


Gould
Jimmy
Clacton, Restaurant Car Attendant then Conductor
1952


Greenhill
D.
Clacton, Assistant Stationmaster
was at clacton in 1938


Griggs
Geoffrey
Frinton, Kirby Cross, Clacton, Crossing Keeper / Porter
1960 - 1999
Geoff worked at Frinton, Kirby and Clacton as a Signalman / Porter.

Geoff visited the Frinton Signal box on 27 August 2013

Hall
Fred
Clacton, Guard
1924 - 1972
Fred Hall worked on the railways for 48 years, retiring in 1972 as a Passenger Guard.

Halls
Stanley
Clacton, Fireman
1917 - 1966
Mr Halls was the firemen on the engine of the train that accidently killed a platelayer Clacton News 12 November 1932.

Mr Halls retired in May 1966 (East Essex Gazette 20 May 1966)

Ham
Tony
Kirby Cross, Station Staff (?) Frinton, Walton and Thorpe, Stand-in Crossing Keeper.
1960's
Photograph of Tony painting the white line along the edge of one of the platforms at Kirby.

Hambling
Frederick Gordon
Walton, Driver
? - 1970's
Born in 1920 at 2a Hamilton street Parkeston to Albert George Hambling and Annie Maria. Albert was a quay foreman.

Frederick lived at 1 Church Road, Walton on Naze with his wife, Eileen and their sons(?).

It is thought that Frederick passed away in the mid 70s after collapsing on his way to work


Hamilton
Derek
Kirby Cross, Signalman
1960's


Hammond
Arthur
Frinton, Signalman
1878/79 - 1902/3
Arthur Hammond, worked as a porter at Witham from 1878/79 and then became a signalman at Frinton (according to 1891 census), living at Saddler's Farm, Kirby. Family legend has it that he waved from his box to a young lady, Elizabeth Southgate (whose grandfather was a Kirby Rioter) from Kirby, who used the crossing to and from her job as a pupil teacher at Frinton - the rest is as they say history and my father and 8 siblings - then me!
However he left his railway job and became a painter and decorator in Frinton, moving to a railway-less village in Suffolk about 1902/3.

Supplied by Neville R. Hammond
Arthurs Grandson
22 Jan 2016

Harris
B.K.R.
Kirby Cross, Stationmaster
1947 (thro' 1962) to
Mr Harris is one of a large railway family. At one time his father, who was also a railwayman, totted up their years of service and the total came to around 500 years. In 1962, Mr Harris had abrother who was station master at Histon and one who was a passenger guard at Walton. Another brother who was a shunter until he lost an arm in an accident, became the car park attendant at Colchester and a fourth brother, who died in 1961, was in the Loco department at March.

Harris
Douglas
Walton, Passenger Guard
1962


Harvey
Albert
Clacton, Senior Parcels Porter
1919 - 1963
Mr Harvey spent 33 years at Liverpool Street eventually as Storekeeper before moving to Clacton for 10 years in the Parcels department

Harvey
'Jock'
Walton, Head Shunter
1962


Haskell
Ron
Clacton, Restaurant Car Attendant then Conductor
1952


Hatton
Peter
Walton, Signalman
1960's


Hawkins
J
Thorpe, Porter
Photo taken August 1962


Hayward
E.
Clacton, Parcels Clerk
1913 - 1938


Hazelton
Charles
Walton, Driver
1887 - 1927
Well Known Driver Dies on Sixty-First Birthday
Well known locally and in the district as a railway engine driver, Mr Hazleton began service with the old G.E.R at Parkeston, and moved in turn to Walton, Colchester and Witham, returning to Walton in 1919. He was with the railway company for about 40 years.


Heathfield
Ray
Thorpe, Signalman
?


Heffer
Frank
Clacton, Goods Department Clerical Staff
1905 - 1949
Mr Frank Heffer retired after 44 years on the railway in April 1949.
Gazette and Times 6th May 1949


Heffer
T.
Walton, Fireman
1922


Hendry
Ron
Thorpe, Shunter


Hicks
William
Clacton, Driver
1883 - 1930
Mr Hicks drove the "breakfast" expresses to London regularly for 20 years, and then bringing home the busy city man at night. Mr Hicks worked for the L.N.E.R. for 47 years

Higgins
C.
Clacton, Chief Booking Clerk
1904


Higginson
Clifford
Clacton, Station Manager
1966 - 1969+
Photograph taken in November 1967 at Retirement Presentation of Victor Johnson.
East Essex Gazette 5th September 1969
Mr Clifford Higginson, Clacton's Station Manager since September 1966, is to leave at the end of the month for a new post at Colchester. British rail has decided to bring both Clacton and Harwich under the control of Colchester.


Hilton
Jim
Clacton, Station Supervisor
1972


Hockley
E.S. (Jim)
Clacton, Driver When Jim retired he became a 'lookout'
1959 - 1967
Jim lived at 'Gatehouse' from summer 1959 until his death in 1973. His wife 'Dot' continued to live there until her death in the summer of 1983.

More information can also be found at 'Frinton Gatehouse History by Bernard S. Hockley Dec 2014 (item 5036.1.D)

Holgate
B. (Bernie)
Frinton, Ticket Office
1970's - 80's


Holgate
Cyril
Platelayer


Hollingbery
George
Frinton, Stationmaster
1890 - 1891


Hollingsworth
John
Walton, Driver
1872 - 1922


Howard
Ted
Clacton, Signal and Telegraph (S&T).
1960's


Howell
R.
?, Fireman
1941


Howlett
Walter
Weeley, Walton and Thorpe, Signalman
1915 to ??
Walter worked on the branch line from 1915.

Huckle
William
?
?
According to 1891 census he lived at 'Gatehouse' with his wife

Hudson
H.G.
Clacton, Driver
1914 - 1961
Article from East Essex Gazette 4 June 1961 reports on the retirement of Mr Hudson after 47 years on the railway.

Humphrey
Thomas
Platelayer
?
According to 1871 and 1881 census he lived at 'Gatehouse' with his wife and daughter

Hunt
W.H.
Clacton, Chief Goods Clerk
1939
Source: Times and Gazette 25 February 1939 Mr C.E. Jolly leaves Clacton

Hunt
Alan
Frinton, Booking Clerk and Clacton, Chief Passenger Clerk
1938 - 1967


Jackson
Graham
Details awaited
Son of Stan Jackson

Jackson
(Jim) Fredrick James
Frinton, Horse Drawn Bus Driver
1905 - ?
Jim Jackson, for many years before and after the First World War, drove the horse drawn bus that used to transport holiday makers between the station and the many hotels and guest houses throughout the town.

Jackson
Stan
Details awaited
Father of Graham Jackson

Jarvis
Arthur
Thorpe, Foreman signal fitter
1930's - 50's


Johnson
Victor
Clacton
?? to 1967


Jolly
C. E.
Clacton, Stationmaster
? - Jan 1939
Mr Jolly was Stationmaster at Clacton. He left Clacton at the end of January 1939 to take up a Stationmaster post at Newmarket.

Jones
Sidney H
Frinton, Stationmaster
1949 - 1962
Born at Walthamstow he joined the railway service in 1913 as a Clerk at Cheshunt.
He served in the Royal Engineers during the 1914-18 war.
Mr Jones saw service at many stations. Among places at which he was station-master were Northumberland Park, Rye House (Herts), Ongar and then in 1949 he came to Frinton. In 1960 he went to Thorpe but continued to live at the Station House in Frinton.
Mr Jones died in August, 1962 aged 63.


Keeble
Bill
Walton, Conductor
1952


Keeble
James
Clacton, Inspector
1910 - 1960
Inspector Keeble retired in December 1960. He had been an employee on the railways for over half a century. He started his career at Witham and since then has been at Shenfield, Epping, Manningtree. The last 13 years have been spent at Clacton and as an inspector for three.

Keeble
William
Clacton, Leading Attendant Restaurant Car
1915 - 1966


Kidby
Ray
Weeley, Restaurant Car Page
1952


King
Tom
Thorpe, Porter/Leading Railwayman
1918 - 1968
Tom King started working for the railway at Leiston in Suffolk leading horses used for pulling trucks. He then moved to Saxmundham as a porter and then to Melton as a gateman. At Felixstowe he was a ticket collector and from there he went to Chelmsford as a porter. His final move was to Thorpe le Soken in 1938 as a porter/shunter where he worked until his retirement in 1968 at the age of 65 years. During his time at Thorpe he went on a motorman's course but failed the test and he never re-took it. Prior to moving to Thorpe Tom lived in Bradfield and his son Derek believes he worked at Manningtree for a short time.
Derek can remember Tom getting up and starting work very early in the mornings in order to get the fires alight in the waiting rooms. He also was very proud of keeping the brass door knobs highly polished. He was always keen to keep the station in pristine condition


King
Jack
Clacton, Train Driver
? - 1987


Kitchener
Stanley
Walton, Driver
1919 - 1966


Knights
Archibald
Walton, Porter
Archibald enlisted with the 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment in May 1918. He died of malaria in India on 12 August 1920 aged 21. He also served with the Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion as a Private No 70249
Archibald is listed on the Kirkee 1914 - 1918 War Memorial, India.


Laws

Kirby, Relief Stationmaster
1946


Levett
W.
Clacton, Porter
1906


Lewis
Idris
Clacton, Relief Signalman
?


Lewis

Booking Clerk Frinton on Sea
1960 +


Licence
J
Walton, Guard
1869 - 1910
Information obtained from The East Essex Advertiser and Clacton News 2nd July 1910

Mann
W
Clacton, Chief Passenger Clerk
1932
Source The News 14 May 1932

Mann
F.A.
Clacton, Chief Booking Clerk
1928, 1939
Source: Times and Gazette 25 February 1939 Mr C.E. Jolly leaves Clacton
and
Clacton Graphic 4 August 1928 Mr Easton retirement


Marvel
Peter
Walton, Driver


Mathias
Chris
Clacton, Driver


Matthews
Paul
Clacton, Guard
1969 - 2008


McDonald
W (Mac)
Clacton, In charge of Car Sheds
1950's


Mead
E.
Clacton, Cartage Department
1906


Meadows
Albert
Relief Signalman
1960's


Miller
G. or D.
Clacton, Station Inspector
1964
Extract from East Essex Gazette dated 2 June 1961 shows Mr Miller looking at a bullet hole in a carriage window.

Miller
G.H.
Clacton, Transport Section
1938 and 1939
Source: Times and Gazette 25 February 1939 Mr C.E. Jolly leaves Clacton

Miller
John

1918?


Mills
Paul
Clacton, Shunter, Burrs Road Crossing Keeper
Photograph of Paul operating a set of points.

Mitchell
Fred
Frinton, Porter / Signalman


Morley
A.K.
Clacton, Second Goods Clerk
1932
Started at Burston, Norfolk when he was 16 then he moved to Wivenhoe and Walton. 10 years was spent at Colchester. Mr Morley also worked at Braintree and Chelmsford. He started at Clacton in 1915.

Moss
Paul
Clacton, Train Driver


Moss
Cyril
Clacton, Train Driver


Munson
Joe
Clacton, Driver


Murphy
Tim
Thorpe, Signalman
?


Newton
T
Kirby, Porter/Signalman


Newton
Nigel
Clacton, Train Driver
1974 - present (2014)


Nicholls
Arthur R.
Walton, Stationmaster
October 1944 to December 1961
Mr Nicholls acted as temporary Stationmaster at Frinton after Mr Deveraux retired and until Mr S. H. Jones took up his position at Frinton.

Mr Nicholls died in March 1965

Norton
Jim S.
Walton, Signalman
?1922 - 1941


Nugent
John
Clacton, Guard


Osborne
John
Signal Box Lad, Thorpe
Joined the railways in June 1962


Ottley
W.
Walton, Carriage Cleaner
1922


Oxley
Dave
Clacton, Train Driver
1967 - present (2014)


Page
Dick
Frinton, ?
1947 - 1965


Palmer
Brian
Clacton, Restaurant Car Page
1952


Papworth
E.
?
1941


Parish
H.
Clacton, Cartage Department
1906


Parker
David
Kirby Cross, Signalman
1960's


Parker
Frederick
Clacton, Stationmaster
1906 - 1918
Article in Clacton Graphic 12 October 1918 announcing the death of Mr Parker aged 56. Mr Parker was stationmaster at Clacton for 12 years after the retirement of Mr C. J. Rattee. Mr Parker came from Mistley to Clacton.

Parker
Alan
Kirby, Stationmaster
1940 - 1946


Parr
H.
Clacton, Porter
1906


Parsons
W. S.
Clacton, Chief Goods Clerk
1904


Parsons

Kirby Cross, Stationmaster
? - 1890/91
Mr Parsons preceeded Mr Reeve as Stationmaster at Kirby Cross.

Payne
Arthur
Clacton, Restaurant Car Attendant then Conductor
1952


Peake
Tom
Walton, Restaurant Car Attendant then Conductor
1922 - 1952?


Peartree
Fred
Porter
?
Info from 1911 census

Pegram
Kev
Clacton, Signalman
?


Penock
?
Frinton, Local Lorry Driver
1950's
This gentleman would pick up items from Frinton Station in his lorry and deliver them locally.

Pittaway
Geoff
Clacton, Relief Signalman
?


Potter
G.
Thorpe, Stationmaster
?1938


Potter
Harry
Clacton, Train Driver


Poulter
Russell
Walton, Station Staff


Ransome
Sydney R.
Clacton Stationmaster
- Sept 1946
Retired in September 1946.

Newspaper article shows Mr Ransome discussing the arrival plans of a Butlin's Express with a member of Butlin's staff.

Rattee
C.J.
Clacton, Stationmaster
1860 - 1906
Mr C.J. Rattee was stationmaster at Clacton for 21 years before he retired in 1906. He joined the "Eastern Counties Railway" which shortly afterwards became the "Great Eastern" on March 5th, 1860

Mr CJ Rattee was also mentioned in Clacton Graphic article 12 October 1918 re the death of Mr Parker

Reed
Hugh
Engine Driver
1920 - 1959
Mr Reed was an Engine Driver for the last 14 years of his 40 year career with the Railways. Mr Reed lived at Morton Road near Colchester North Station. His main hobby was the making of plaster gnomes, pixies and Walt Disney characters, which he sold to raise money for charity. Mr Reed sadly died on 29 September 1959 when he accidently touched the 25,000 volt overhead cable.

Reeve
Keppel
Frinton, Stationmaster
1896 - 1928
Born in Great Bealings, Suffolk in 1863. He had married Elizabeth Charlotte Simmons from Walton in 1883 and by 1891 had been appointed Station Master at Kirby Cross Station. On being assigned to the same position at Frinton he, with his wife, moved to 1 Victoria terrace. He remained at this address until a Station Master's House, (now the Doctors Surgery), was built adjacent to the Station in 1910. Sadly, Keppel's wife died in 1915 at the age of 54 years. Five years later he married Alice Maud, the widow of Clement George Wortley with whom she had run a greengrocery business in Connaught Avenue. Keppel and his wife retired to Greenaway. He died in 1946 aged 82 years while Alice died eight years later at the age of 81. They share a grave in Frinton's Old Church Graveyard.

Revett
W.
Clacton, Cartage Department
1906


Reynolds
William (Bill)
Walton, Train Driver
1916 - ??
Bill was involved in an accident in December 1927, at Walton, where he was crushed by an engine. He was not seriously injured.
Bill died in 1960 aged 84


Rhodes
Michael
Thorpe, Platform Staff


Rice
Albert
Frinton, Porter/Crossing Keeper
1901 ?? to be confirmed
Information from Granddaughter 26 May 2015
(father was Trevalyn)
Lived at 10 Hadleigh Road, Frinton (houses re-numbered at some point)
Wife's name was Charlotte had son Albert (who died when he was 10), daughter Eunice, son Trevalyn and daughter Hilda Ellen.

Information from 1911 Census
Married, 30 years old, Born Mellis Suffolk.
Lives at 6 Hadleigh Road, Frinton-on-Sea with wife Charlotte, son Albert and daughter Eunice.

The photograph below is of Albert and his wife Charlotte on their Golden Wedding Anniversary.



Rigby
Dave
Clacton, Train Driver
1969 - 2014


Riseley
Leslie G.
Clacton, Chief Passenger Clerk
1916 - 1966


Rivers
Sidney
Walton Summer Season Shunter
1962


Rix
H.
?
1941


Robinson
F.
Clacton, Driver
1906


Rodie
William Alfred
Clacton, Station Foreman
1933 - 1936
Mr Rodie died on 26th February1936 at the age of 50. His death was reported in the Clacton Graphic on 29th February 1936 and his funeral was reported on 7th March 1936

Rose
Syd
Thorpe, Porter/Signalman and Clacton, Guard and then Station Inspector


Rose
Roger
Frinton Crossing Keeper and Booking Clerk also worked at Thorpe-le-Soken.
1973 - 2001
Tony Baxter Hon Sec "ONTRACK RUA" provided this information.
Roger Rose:
The Association was represented at the funeral of Roger Rose on 12th April, 2011. Roger transferred from Downham Market to Frinton station as crossing keeper in 1973, later moving to the booking office at Frinton and later to Thorpe-le-Soken prior to his retirement in 2001.
A life-long railway enthusiast (and railway modeller), Roger will be remembered by regular passengers for the huge fires he used to build in the waiting room at Frinton station on cold winter mornings, and for his announcements "London train" to those in the waiting room as their train approached from Walton.
Roger also established the North-East Essex Railway Association (NEERA) in 1981/82. He organised many special trains, the profits of which went to the Essex Air Ambulance. For many years he was a member of the North Norfolk Railway as it is believed that he moved here from Downham Market.


Rowlands
Dennis
Clacton, Guard


Rowlands
William
Frinton, Crossing Keeper
1896 - 1921
Frinton's first permanent live-in level crossing gate-keeper and father of James Walker Rowlands, owner of Rowlands Ironmongers in Old Road

According to 1901 and 1911 census he lived at 'Gatehouse' with his wife and two sons.

Rumsey
?
Thorpe, Booking Office


Rushbrooke
W.
Thorpe, Stationmaster
1872 (?) - 1890


Salmon
Mick
Clacton, Restaurant Car Chef
1952


Salter
F.
Clacton Guard
1906


Saunders
Arthur
Clacton, Restaurant Car Attendant
1952


Saunders
Ian
Clacton, Driver
?


Saunders
Harry
Clacton, Conductor
1952


Scotney
Roy
Weeley, Restaurant Car Page
1952


Scott
E.A.
Clacton, Platelayers Foreman Permanent Way Section
1932
Source: Times and Gazette 25 February 1939 Mr C.E. Jolly leaves Clacton and The News 14 May 1932 retirement of Mr Gayton

Scott
Ivan
Signal and Telegraph
1960's


Sears
F.
Clacton, Guard
1906


Sewell
J.
Clacton, Porter
1906


Shaw
Dennis
Clacton, Driver


Shaw
Dave
Clacton, Driver


Shead
J.
Clacton, Stationmaster
1946 -
Started with L.N.E.R. in 1914.
Took over from Mr Sydney R. Ransome as Stationmaster in September 1946


Shorney
Frederick
Frinton, Stationmaster
1894 - 1896
Formerly a Railway Inspector from West Ham, Essex, he died in 1896 at the age of 71 years.

Sims
Dennis
Walton, Signalman


Slatter
Charlie
Walton, Signalman
According to Geoff Griggs Mr Slatter would cycle from his home in Holland on Sea to work in the Walton signal box.

Slowgrove
J.
Weeley, Station Staff
1931 - 1961
Article from East Essex Gazette 3 November 1961 reporting on the retirement of Mr Slowgrove

Smith
Edward Bertram
Frinton/Walton, Booking Clerk
1916 to 1967
Edward Bertram Smith retires after 51 years service as a clerk on the railways. East Essex Gazette - 8 September 1967

Smith
Bert
Walton, Clerk
?
Lived in Kirby

Smith
H.E.
Kirby Cross, Station Master
1899 - 1939
Mr H.E. Smith stationmaster at Woodham Ferrers, retired on April 12th 1939 on reaching the age of 60, after nearly forty years service with the Company and the old G.E.R. In 1924 he was appointed Station Master at Kirby Cross and he moved to Woodham Ferrers in 1928.

Smith
A.
Walton, Fireman
1922


Smith
B.A.
Clacton, Ticket Collector
1939
Source: Times and Gazette 25 February 1939 Mr C.E. Jolly leaves Clacton

Smith
A
Frinton, Driver
1959
Mr Smith had the honour of driving the first electric train in North East Essex on 5th February 1959 from Colchester to Alresford

Smith
?
Thorpe, Stationmaster
Was this a Mr H. Smith who was Stationmaster at Kirby in 1926?

Smith
Vic
Thorpe, Foreman


Smith
L.
Clacton, Clerk
1964


Smith
Walter J
Thorpe, Signalman
Photo 1938


Smith
Fred
Thorpe, Porter


South
H.
Walton, Signalman
1922


Southgate
Walter
Kirby
- 1946
37 years with L.N.E.R.

Southgate
George R.
Frinton, Porter
1956 - 1965


Southgate
Albert
Clacton, Restaurant Car Chef
1952


Spark
H
Clacton, Senior Driver
1959
Mr Spark drove the first electric train in North East Essex on 5th February 1959 from Alresford to Colchester.

Sparrow

Clacton, Relief Stationmaster
1938


St. George
Harry
Clacton, Restaurant Car Chef
1952


Starling
H.
Clacton, Guard
1906


Stearn
Miss Cicely
Thorpe, Booking Clerk
Photo taken August 1962


Stephens
Ernest Robert
Clacton, Chief Parcels Clerk
1906 - 1946


Stock
George
Clacton, Permanent Way Linksman
1920 - 1963
Transferred from London to Clacton in 1949

Stock
A.T.
Clacton, Station Foreman
1932
Source: Times and Gazette 25 February 1939 Mr C.E. Jolly leaves Clacton and The News 14 May 1932


Stollery
Frederick Philip
Clacton, Station Foreman
1890 - 1933
Mr Stollery died in March 1936. Mr Stollery was transferred from Woodham Ferriss to Clacton in 1890 and remained in the service of G.E.R. and then L.N.E.R until 1933. When he retired, his position was taken by Mr. Rodie.

Stringer
Joe
Clacton, Restaurant Car Attendant
1952


Strutt
Clifford
Clacton, Driver
1940 - 1989
Born in Clacton in 1924 Cliff was the youngest of 11.

He worked on the Great Eastern Railway for 49 years retiring in 1989. He joined as an engine cleaner rising to main driver experiencing the transition from steam to diesel and electric trains.

He sadly passed away in 2013.

Cliff is the fireman in this photograph.

Stygall
G. W.
Clacton, Stationmaster
1932
Article from Times And Gazette 8th April 1933

Sutton
Ernest
Walton(?), Sales Representative
1924 - 1969
Mr Sutton retired in June 1969 having served 45 years with B.R.

Swettenham
Colin
Clacton, Train Driver
1967
Colin driving a 309 unit passed the signal box at Clacton

Tarry
Jim
Clacton, Conductor
1952


Towler
Spencer
Clacton, Driver
1906 - 1957
Mr Towler started work at the age 0f 14 on May 19th, 1906 at the depot at March, Cambridgeshire.

Townes
Connie
Thorpe, Porter


Tucker
Robin
Clacton, Signal and Telegraph (S&T).
1960's


Wadley
C.W.
Kirby Cross, Frinton, Walton, Station Master
1911 - 1937+
Mr C.W. Wadley, the Walton, Frinton and Kirby Cross stationmaster, has received news of his promotion as stationmaster of Shenfield, and he will shortly be leaving to take up his new position.
Mr Wadley has been at Walton for eight years, arriving as stationmaster of Frinton and Walton in 1929, and in April, 1932 he was also appointed stationmaster of Kirby Cross. He has held this position ever since. He joined the old Great Eastern Railway in 1911 and was first stationed at Mistley, moving to the District Superintendent Staff at Ipswich, in 1912.
In 1926 he was moved to Norwich, Cambridge, and finally, before coming to Walton, to Ryburgh, Norefolk. Mr Wadley is a keen member of the L.N.E.R. St. John Ambulance sextion and first officer of the Thorpe division of the Brigade.
Last year he was the winner of the cup presented by Sir Charles Batho for the best individual, practical and oral tests for ambulance work. He is also a strong supporter and a vice-president of the Walton Town football club. Mr Wadley is 41.
In an interview with one of our reporters, Mr Wadley said: " My stay in Walton has been one of the happiest possible, and my gratitude is due to all who have combined to make my stay successful."

Times and Gazette 27 February 1937.


Wagle
Ron
Clacton, Train Driver


Walby
Bill
Thorpe and Walton, Station Staff


Ward
Ernie
Clacton, Restaurant Car Attendant then Conductor
1952


Watson
L. (Lenny)
Walton, Fireman
1950's


Wayman
W. (Bill)
Driver steam, electric diesel
circa 1950's


Webb
W.
Clacton, Cartage department
1906


Webb
J.
Clacton, Driver
1961
Mr Webb was mentioned in the article from the East Essex Gazette 4 June 1961 reporting on the retirement of Mr H.G. Hudson.

Websdale
W.
Clacton, Goods Foreman
1906


Welton
H
Walton, Chief Clerk
? 1937
Photograph seen of presentation to H. Welton in 1941

See also photograph of presentation to C.W. Wadley 27 March 1937

Westwood
Tom
Clacton, Restaurant Cars Steward
1920 - 1971
Tommy also worked on the Royal Trains as Steward

Westwood
Fred
Clacton, Restaurant Cars Steward
1918 - 1968
Started at Great Eastern Hotel, Liverpool Street as pageboy then moved on to restaurant cars.

Whittle
Johnny
Walton, Restaurant Car Page
1952


Wicks
Arthur
Porter
?
Info from 1911 census

Wilby
Jack
Kirby Cross, Signalman
? 1971
Information received from Colin Bennett:
In the summer of 1971 myself and two friends attended the Music festival at nearby Weeley. We were looking for somewhere to set up our tent the week prior the the festival and alighted at Frinton. We asked the crossing keeper if he knew of any local camp sites and he said he didn't, but if we went to Kirby Cross and asked Jack Wilby at the signal box then he may know somewhere. We did and Jack- a wonderfully helpful man sent us to talk to a nearby farmer who agreed that we could pitch in the corner of his field behind the station. Jack told us to help ourselves to water from the station tap and said that we could use the toiltet too.
We used to sit in his signal box each evening and he would give us tea and biscuits,we had to lie low when a train stopped so that the driver would not see us and report Jack to the authorities. Jack had photographs on the walls of the signal box of his favourite football team Ipswich Town.

I think that Jack lived in Kirby Cross village.

Wonderful memories of a truly kind man.

Wildney
Ernie
Frinton, Platelayer
1960's


Wilson
Ernest (Ernie)
Walton, Chief Attendant restaurant service
1921 - 1961
Ernie retired from the restaurant service in April 1961

Womack
Thomas
Frinton, Stationmaster
1891 - 1894
In 1891 he lived in the recently constructed 1 Victoria Terrace, Witton Wood Lane, conveniently situated opposite the Station. Born near Bressingham on the Norfolk/Suffolk border c. 1825, Thomas had had a long career with the railway. It was from his position as Station Master at Ardleigh, Essex, that he moved to Frinton with his wife and two grown up daughters.

Wood
R.G.
Clacton, Porter Signalman
1911 -


Wood
H.
Clacton, Porter
1906


Woodrow
H.C.
Clacton, ?
1912 -


Woodruff
J.
Walton, Station Master
1922


Workman
F
Thorpe, Porter
Photo taken August 1962


Wright
A.
Clacton, Locomotive Foreman
1932
Source: Times and Gazette 25 February 1939 Mr C.E. Jolly leaves Clacton and The News 14 May 1932

Wright
H.V.
Clacton, Clerk
1906


Wright
Percy
Walton, Restaurant Car Chef
1952


Young
J. W.
Clacton, Station Master
1964


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