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.
2. John Campion 1861-1939 Lived in Stratford. From 1891 onwards was a plate layer. Later moved to Butlers Marston
3. Harry Campion 1883-1970 Lived in Stratford. From about 1905 was a railway labourer.
4. JamesCampion 1884-1957 Lived in Stratford, Lower Boddington then Towcester. From about 1911 was a plate layer.
5. William Campion 1886-1952 Lived at Butlers Marston.( By 1939 had moved to Sunderland.) In 1911 he was a plate layer.
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.
(My brother, Graham, is also a member.)
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.
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.
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
Note: Early entries relate to the East and West Junction Railway
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.