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standard motors 1936Did you work at the Standard or Triumph – at Canley, Radford, Banner Lane, Northey Road, Allesley, Tile Hill, Western Avenue (London), Bordesley Green (Birmingham), Speke (Liverpool), Berkeley Square (London) or any of the associated sites/companies associated with Standard Triumph? If so, we’d love to hear from you to build a database of names associated with the Standard and Triumph company. Read More HERE. You may notice adverts on the site. You can help this site by clicking on them which supports the archive. Thank you.

List of Names (Surnames First)

There are currently 57 Ex-employees in this directory beginning with the letter O.
O'Brian, Gerry
Body maker
Submitted by: Gary Faulkner

O'Brien, Vic
Superintendent, Ex-Coventry City Football player. Tile Hill Factory in Torrington Avenue
Submitted by: Bob Owens

O'Connor, Dick
Triumph motors maintenance Ron Smith, Phil West, Bill Wolohan, Dave Mckeown, Jimmy Mulholland, Barry Widlake, Dick O'Connor many more 1970s and me!
Submitted by: Ken Garrett

O'Donnell, Jim
Submitted by: Geoff Smith

O'Donoghue, T
Maintenance Retired Feb/March 1979
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

O'Grady, Jim
Submitted by: Geoff Smith

O'Keeffe, Jim
My dad Jim O'Keeffe worked at the Standard in the early sixties. He was also the goalkeeper for their work football team. Thanks Helen - hope you see this because here is a photo of him: Standard Football Team 1959 More
Submitted by: Helen O\'Keeffe

O'Mara, Les
Worked on the track from the early 60s until he was made redundant in the 80s
Submitted by: Joanne Day

O'Neill, Arthur
Inspector Engineering. Service 1959-1972
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

O'Neill, Phil
My grandad Phil O'Neill worked at the Standard for years after the war (was a train driver before that)
Submitted by: Mark Brain

O'Really, Matthew
My dad was a supervisor there his name was Matthew o ' really sadly he passed away in his 30s
Submitted by: Kathy Busby

O'Reilly, Francis
Auto electrician, Main Trim shop and TR7 Line 1976-80 with Sid Mellor, John Smith, Foreman was Charlie West
Submitted by: Francis O’Reilly

O'Shea, D
c1950
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

O'Sullivan, DavidSubmitted by: Triumph Works Archive

O'Toole, Bill
c1929
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

O’Connell, Phil (Miss)
Final Finish c1972 More
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

O’Connor, Jim
Dad worked at Canley from circa 1963-1975. He sadly passed away in 1998.
Submitted by: Chris Quinney

O’reilly, Alan
Allesley
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Oakes, Jack
Fletch North, Bought-Out Inspection Assembly Shop. Foreman
Submitted by: Alan Whitmore

Oakley, E
Chief Safety Officer, c1973
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Odgers, Betty
Wages Clerk 9 Years Service 1959-1968 More
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Ogilvie, Jimmy
Paint Trim and Assembly Planning Section c1972
Submitted by: Malcolm Dunn

Okel, John
Electrical Team Ref: 1986 More
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Oldfield, Bill
c1929
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Oldfield, Harold
c1929
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Oldroyd, Arthur
Apprentice, 1962 Tinsmith Introduction Tug of War
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Oliver, JamesSubmitted by: Alan Bateman

Oliver, Leonard
From 1921 Census. Year of Birth: 1901 Place of Birth: Manchester, Lancashire, England
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Ollenbittle, Frank
London Service Depot. (Workshop Mamager)
Submitted by: Dave Smith

Olorenshaw, Cecil
Mosquito production More
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Onions, John
Metrology Standards Room at Fletch South More
Submitted by: John Edwards

Orr, Rosemarie
Shipping Department c1968 More
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Orr, William Charles Edward
Standard Motor Co., Ltd., 1916; drawing office. Standard Motor Co., Ltd., 1930-38; works manager, b: June 26, 1902 Armstrong Siddeley, 1926-30; in charge experimental engine section, Standard Motor Co., Ltd., 1930-38; works manager, then works director, Jaguar Cars, Ltd., 1938. Manager, Car Division, Armstrong Siddeley Motors, Ltd.,1957-59
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Orrell, Stanley
From 1921 Census. Year of Birth: 1893 Place of Birth: Bolton, Lancashire, England
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Orton, Fred
Foreman of the Paint Shop Born 26/9/1901 More to follow...
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Orton, Frederick
From 1921 Census. Year of Birth: 1901 Place of Birth: Coventry, Warwickshire, England
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Orton, Sydney
33 years service. Retired 1961. Died, aged 66 October 14, 1963
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Osborne, A S
Sales Manager c1936 More
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Osborne, Arthur
From 1921 Census. Year of Birth: 1904 Place of Birth: Keresley, Warwickshire, England
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Osborne, G
City & Guilds exam success. London Service Depot c1973 Osmond, EdSubmitted by: Alan Goodwin

Oswin, Alfred
Inspection Dept Service: 1911-1955 More
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Over, John
From 1921 Census. Year of Birth: 1889 Place of Birth: Foleshill, Warwickshire, England
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Overton, William (Bill)
No. 2 Shop, Banner Lane c1952 More Ratefixing Department, Canley c1960
Submitted by: Cliff Jones

Overy, Bob
Dealer Development More
Submitted by: David Mileham

Owen, Carol (nee Bartholomew)
Typing Pool Supervisor where I met her and married her in 1967
Submitted by: Garry Owen

Owen, Diane
Diane Fraser nee Owen worked in Home Sales
Submitted by: Ian Fraser

Owen, Garry
Apprentice 1962-1967, worked in body shop, Final Assembly, Body Development, Torrington Avenue Body Shop, Body Tooling and Cost Investigation then left after finishing apprenticeship. Returned 1978- 82 as Chief Industrial Engineer and then Works Manager.
Submitted by: Garry Owen

Owen, Garry
My father in law use to work in the Experimental shop, for a number of years
Submitted by: Ian Fraser

Owen, Jack
Foreman at Canley More
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Owen, Lynne
I worked 1971-1979 Spares on the Highway (Fletch)
Submitted by: Lynne Owen

Owen, Wally
My husband Wally Owen worked in the new assemble hall on the track inspection around 1964 till the plant closed
Submitted by: Debbie Owen

Owen, Walter
From 1921 Census. Year of Birth: 1887 Place of Birth: Coventry, Warwickshire, England
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Owen, William
Worked in the machine shop....I think. 1930's through to 1960's? Talked of there being a ghost who used to keep undoing his shoe laces!
Submitted by: Jill Whelan ( Owen)

Owens, A (Tom)
Tinsmith Canley and Banner Lane
Submitted by: Bob Owens

Owens, Bob
Tinsmith Tile Hill, HR Canley Ivy Cottage
Submitted by: Bob Owens

Owens, Denis
Tinsmiths
Submitted by: Malcolm Dunn


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On the first anniversary of the launch of this website archive we thought we'd write something about Alf Welch. Alf Read more
I started work at the Apprentice Training School, Torrington Avenue, Tile Hill, Coventry as a Technical Apprentice / Draughtsman on Read more
An Initiative Test for apprentices was organized in 1963. The object of the exercise was to see who could travel Read more
Mr. T. R. S. Lawson. A member of the Publicity Department, Mr. Thomas Richard Stone Lawson, died on March 19, 1959, aged Read more
A superb period photo showing pre-war Triumph management.The car, a Gloria Six, is being collected by it's new owner. Flt-Lt Read more
The million mile brothers. Peter and Martin Cox, both development engineers for Triumph engineering department at Coventry have just celebrated Read more
Representatives from various factory sections attended the retirement presentation to Sister Alice Kearton, Sister-in-Charge of Coventry Surgeries. Sister Kearton spent nearly nine Read more
(Little Bill) Bill Wooldridge (68), and his wife, left for a six months' holiday in Australia last month after both Read more
When Sidney Laxon retired from Standard Costs Office, Canley, he left behind a record which was unique. He was the only member Read more
I started an Apprenticeship as a Motor Mechanic with Standard Triumph on 2nd October 1967, My clock number was 8481. Unlike Read more
Again a great response for the Fire Station photos. Here we clear up the identity of one of the men. Read more
Jack Tarrant, who worked permanent nights in the Main Trim Stores, Canley, retired after 38 years' service with the Company. Read more
A great response from the Canley Standard Triumph post with two new photos being sent in by Laurence Maud who says Read more
Fresh faced  Apprentices at the 1953 Motorshow. Apprentices could be taken on from aged 15 and lasted 5 years. Does anyone Read more

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Memories

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LATEST POSTS

  • Alf Welch – Service Instructor in Market Promotion and Training - On the first anniversary of the launch of this website archive we thought we’d write something about Alf Welch.
  • Malcolm Dunn – Planning Engineer - I started work at the Apprentice Training School, Torrington Avenue, Tile Hill, Coventry as a Technical Apprentice / Draughtsman on 26 August 1968.
  • Apprentices Initiative Test – 1963 - An Initiative Test for apprentices was organized in 1963. The object of the exercise was to see who could travel furthest from Coventry, with a maximum of ten shillings to spend, and also get back within the allocated time.
  • Thomas Lawson – Publicity Department - Mr. T. R. S. Lawson. A member of the Publicity Department, Mr. Thomas Richard Stone Lawson, died on March 19, 1959, aged 63. He leaves a widow and one son.
  • 1936 – Key Figures - A superb period photo showing pre-war Triumph management.
  • Martin and Peter Cox – Development Engineers - The million mile brothers.
  • Alice Kearton – Sister-in-Charge - Representatives from various factory sections attended the retirement presentation to Sister Alice Kearton, Sister-in-Charge of Coventry Surgeries.
  • Bill Wooldridge – Final Finish - (Little Bill) Bill Wooldridge (68), and his wife, left for a six months’ holiday in Australia last month after both had retired after long service.
  • Sidney Laxon – Costs Office - When Sidney Laxon retired from Standard Costs Office, Canley, he left behind a record which was unique. He was the only member of Standard Triumph’s office staff to have achieved 50 years of service.
  • Dave Smith - I started an Apprenticeship as a Motor Mechanic with Standard Triumph on 2nd October 1967, My clock number was 8481.
  • Fire Station Pt 3 – Jack Whittall - Again a great response for the Fire Station photos. Here we clear up the identity of one of the men.
  • Jack Tarrant – Main Trim Stores - Jack Tarrant, who worked permanent nights in the Main Trim Stores, Canley, retired after 38 years’ service with the Company.
  • Fire Station Pt 2 - A great response from the Canley Standard Triumph post with two new photos being sent in by Laurence Maud who says “My Grandad was Chief Fire Officer at The Standard Motor Company”.
  • Apprentices – 1953 Motorshow - Fresh faced  Apprentices at the 1953 Motorshow. Apprentices could be taken on from aged 15 and lasted 5 years. Does anyone recognise anyone here?
  • Fire Station – Canley - Standard Triumph had it’s own Fire Station, manned 24 hours a day by full time firemen.
  • Canley Memories – Ivy Cottage - I cannot let yet another milestone of motoring history pass by without recording that the Canley factory of BL in Coventry has commissioned its very last motor car, a Triumph Spitfire.
  • Diesel Engine Shop - A rare photo of the Diesel Engine assembly shop.
  • First World War Planes Built by Standard - In the early years of the 1st World War air  warfare was in its infancy. The first planes were used for observation and as “spotters” for the artillery. They carried no armaments — except the pilot’s revolver! Later, the planes were fitted with light machine guns and the epic battles between enemy “aces” have become legends.
  • Factory – 1964 - The previous Competition department photograph from 1964 was cropped to show the faces of the team better. The original photograph offers a detailed image of part of the factory.
  • Ferguson 50,000th Tractor - The Banner Lane plant of The Standard Motor Co. Ltd., has just completed the 50,000th  Ferguson tractor.
  • Frank Lord - Frank Kershaw Lord.
  • Wages Agreement – December 1948 - Following on from the earlier post of the Wages Agreement photograph, full details have now emerged from this agreement.
  • Bob Wilson – Experimental Department - A new photograph taken at Bob Wilson’s retirement presentation.
  • Reg Arms – Stores - My dad worked at the Standard Triumph from the late 50’s to the early 90s. His name  was Reg Arms. He worked in the Stores. 
  • Competition Department - Here’s a rather splendid photo Triumph competition boys taken in 1964 with the rally 2000’s.

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