Mr H L Saward

Station Master

Mr H L Saward

 

Station Master

Mr F A Jordon

 

Mr R B L Hodge

Station Master

Mr R B L Hodge

 

Wolferton Station

Station Master

Edmund Skillings

 

Signalman

Bert Harrison

 

Signalman

Gilbert Green

 

Signalman

Jack Trundley

 

Station Clerk

Mary Benstead

 

Station Porter

Jim Crowe

 

Jack Barrett

Linesman

 

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Edmond Skillings Station Master

1952-1966

 

 
     
 
   
 
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edmond Skillings 1902-1987

 

EDMUND SKILLINGS WAS BORN 7th JULY 1902 AT SUTTON BRIDGE AND HIS FIFTY YEAR RAILWAY CAREER BEGAN IN 1916 AT THE AGE OF FOURTEEN, AS A LAD PORTER AT WEYBOURNE STATION.


AT THE END OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR HE BECAME A JUNIOR CLERK AND SHORTLY AFTER IN MARCH 1919 HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO LENWADE AND THEN ON TO TYDD, THORNEY, WISBECH, FAKENHAM AND FINALLY ENDING UP IN STALHAM IN 1924. HIS STAY THERE WAS ENDED BY THE GENERAL STRIKE UPON WHICH HE RETURNED TO WISBECH.


IN THE FOLLOWING YEARS HE BECAME A RELIEF CLERK COVERING TERRINGTON, THURSFORD, MELTON, HOLT, CROMER AND YARMOUTH. EARLY IN 1927 HE WAS POSTED TO SOUTH LYNN, INITIALLY ON A TEMPORARY BASIS. TO DEAL WITH THE RAIL TRAFFIC BRINGING IN THE BUILDING MATERIALS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SUGAR BEET FACTORY. THIS APPOINTMENT WAS TO BECOME MORE PERMANENT AND HE REMAINED AT SOUTH LYNN UNTIL 1946.


LATER THAT YEAR HE WAS PROMOTED TO STATION MASTER AT SOUTH LYNN BEFORE TAKING UP THE SAME ROLL AT BOURNE AND EYE GREEN.


IN JANUARY 1953 HE WAS TO TAKE UP HIS FINAL APPOINTMENT THAT OF THE PRESTIGIOUS ROLL OF FULL TIME STATION MASTER AT THE ROYAL STATION WOLFERTON. WHICH WAS TO TAKE HIM THROUGH TO HIS RETIREMENT IN 1966.


MR SKILLINGS 'DEPARTED' IN 1987 WHILST LIVING AT HUNSTANTON.

     

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