‘The Stratford Upon Avon & Midland Junction Railway’ (or S.M.J.) was a small independent railway company which ran a line across the empty, untouched centre of England. It visited the counties of Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and a little of Buckinghamshire, only existing as the SMJ from 1909 to 1923. In 1923 the S.M.J.became a minor arm of the London Midland and Scottish (L.M.S.), then in 1948 'British Railways' 

Gone but not forgotten: "the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth"


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I would be grateful if anyone can let me know if there are any registers, documents or other employee information that exists where I might be able to find out more about the following members of my family:

1. Henry Campion   1830-1910  Lived in Luddington. From 1881 onwards was a plate layer.

         His son

2. John Campion     1861-1939  Lived in Stratford.     From 1891 onwards was a plate layer. Later moved to                                                                                         Butlers Marston

         His son

3. Harry Campion    1883-1970  Lived in Stratford.     From about 1905 was a railway labourer.

         His brother

4. JamesCampion   1884-1957  Lived in Stratford,     Lower Boddington then Towcester. From about 1911                                                                                             was a plate layer.

         His brother

5. William Campion 1886-1952  Lived at Butlers Marston.( By 1939 had moved to Sunderland.) In 1911 he                                                                                           was a plate layer.

         His brother

6. Albert Campion    1891-1955 Lived in Butlers Marston     Ganger on the permanent way

         Daughter of James

7. Dorothy Campion 1924-2012 Lived in Towcester    Worked also at Roade. Porter?  

James Campion was my grandfather. 

Thank you.

David Campion

(My brother, Graham, is also a member.) 

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There's a photo of ganger  A Campion at Kineton on Page 94 of Jordan's SMJR book and ones of Jim and Harry Campion on Page 25. It says also on Page 25 that Jim was a ganger who later became an Acting Inspector at Towcester and that his daughter Dorothy worked in Towcester booking office during WW2 and that Harry worked as a ganger for 45 years.

Hello Dick. I am embarrassed. I forgot to mention that I have a copy of the Jordan book but I do appreciate the fact that you took the time and trouble to respond.

I think my next step will be to visit the archives at the National Rail Museum in York.

Thank you.

The National Archive at Kew has the staff record book from the start of the SMJ railway through to weeks before the grouping.

It is a large format book so has to be viewed in the maps reading room.

Each employee has a section of a page, with a line entry per change of assignment or per change if pay (up or down!).

If they run out if space the final line entry is a pointer forward to a new entry for them, started on the first blank page of the book, where the first entry points back to their original page.

I’m pretty sure I saw Campions in there, last time I inspected it.

Reference: RAIL 674/11
Description:
Staff register
Note: Early entries relate to the East and West Junction Railway
Date: 1873-1923
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: SMJ 15 1
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description
Access conditions: Closed For 75 years

Hello Nick,

That's a very useful and a very detailed response.

I will book a day in London and hope their photocopier is working!

Many thanks for that.

I will post a reply on my return.

David

Nick Meredith said:

The National Archive at Kew has the staff record book from the start of the SMJ railway through to weeks before the grouping.

It is a large format book so has to be viewed in the maps reading room.

Each employee has a section of a page, with a line entry per change of assignment or per change if pay (up or down!).

If they run out if space the final line entry is a pointer forward to a new entry for them, started on the first blank page of the book, where the first entry points back to their original page.

I’m pretty sure I saw Campions in there, last time I inspected it.

Reference: RAIL 674/11
Description:
Staff register
Note: Early entries relate to the East and West Junction Railway
Date: 1873-1923
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: SMJ 15 1
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description
Access conditions: Closed For 75 years

Re: The Campion family and the SMJ

I have continued working on my family history and some information about the above members is on the Ancestry website. (www.ancestry.co.uk

I'm not sure if you have to be a member to access it but if you can then it is on my family tree viz. David Campion Tree 1 and you are welcome to look.

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