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There are 34 names in this directory beginning with the letter K.
Kavanagh, Geraldine
Worked in spares at Canley in the offices where Sainsbury's is now
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Kay, Derrick
My dad worked there
Submitted by: Jackie Kay-Finnegan

Ke, Roger

Keeling, Tony
My name is Tony Keeling and I was at the Standard Triumph transferring from Morris Bodies which was part of British Leyland 1968. I was on the Rocket Range for some time and Final Finish later transferring to Press Cars after the Canley Site closed we all moved to Gaydon.
Submitted by: Tony Keeling

Keepax, David
Stylist. Service 1966 to 1997
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Kelly, Des
Engineering Development Department More
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Kelly, Elisabeth
Powers Card Room
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Kelly, Marie
Credit Section c1959
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Kelly, Roy
Electricians mate. Maintenance Dept Fletch South c 1971-80
Submitted by: Alwyne Bates

Kendrick, Bernard
Press Shop
Submitted by: Jane Branson-Clayden

Kennedy, E
Tool Room, Banner Lane c1959 Chairman of the Bowls Club
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Kennedy, PatSubmitted by: Alex Murray

Kennedy, Roger
Draughtsman worked at Auto Body Designs in Dunstable part of British Leyland working on detail drawings and schemes for the code name "Bullet" But support was required in the main drawing office at Canley close to the launch there four of us from Dunstable used to travel daily to Coventry to assist with the last minute designs required. As a young motor enthusiast I was very excited to be able to walk round the factory and go to the design studio. I was very sad when I was called back to the office in Dunstable due to pay negotiation at Canley
Submitted by: Roger Kennedy

Kenny, Bill
Trim Foreman

Kent, Harold
My father Harold Kent worked in the rocket range. He was there till the very end. Very sad how it closed down
Submitted by: Richard Kent

Kerridge, ElsieSubmitted by: Carmel Langdon

Key, W G
Supply Executive, c1961
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Keyte, George William
Production Paint Supervisor. Joined the company in 1956 and was in charge of the new paint shop c1959
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

King, Brian
1973 started in the Rig Test Dept at Fletch North, then Prototype Build. Left Rover Group in 1999.
Submitted by: Brian King

King, PatrickSubmitted by: Alan Bateman

King, Peter
Engineering Development Department More
Submitted by: Malcolm Whittaker

King, RodSubmitted by: Alan Goodwin

Kinnond Jack
36 years service
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Kinnond, Brenda
I started there in 1952 packing parts for cars to be made in Australia, New Zealand, India. Then I moved to the trim shop and was there for 18 years altogether.
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Kirkham, John
I joined in August 1958, working in the Experimental Workshop Stores at Banner Lane where the final prototypes of the soon to be launched Triumph Herald were being made and tested.rnrnAfter a few months, I signed up for a five-year Apprenticeship and enjoyed a very interesting time working in the following locations; Gearbox Assembly at Fletch South, working on the assembly and testing of gearboxes, Engine Assembly at Canley, working on the assembly line and in the rectification area, Chassis Drawing Office at Fletch North in the Engineering Department, working with Draughtsmen and Design Engineers, Service Workshop and Repair Shop at Allesley, working on car maintenance and servicing, and accident repairs. Technical Publications Department at Banner Lane, Radford and Allesley, working on the preparation of Operator Instruction Handbooks and Workshop Service Manuals.rnThis provided me with excellent engineering knowledge and experience for the future working with very dedicated and helpful people. Aug 1958 to Dec 1963
Submitted by: John Kirkham

Kirkham, Tom
(My grandad) Started in March 1941 and retired on 24th March 1979 (38 years). When he started they were making the DeHavilland Mosquito fighter/bomber - then he worked on sequencing the track - Vanguard / Mayflower / Renown / Standard 8 & 10. Also spent time at Banner Lane (Standard were there for a while) Worked for many years in the Specification office (Fletch North) and was a supervisor when he retired - died in July 1984 (aged 66) Click Here For More
Submitted by: Michael Winterton

Kitt, Kathleen
My mum Kathleen Bryant (nee Kitt) was a cleaner, I think she cleaned in Ivy Cottage, and I think Sir John Blacks office. She used to bring home discarded drawings, blue, printed on cotton material, when washed made lovely hankies!!!
Submitted by: Ann Reece

Kleiter, Fred
Crankshaft shop at Canley Supervisor. c1930 Retired in 1948.
Submitted by: Luke Garland

Knight, E
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Knight, LenSubmitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Knott, Frank
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Knott, Joseph Norman
My father. I believe he was a parts executive in Coventry, I believe. He left in the mid 1970s. He bought my mother a beautiful dark green Herald convertible, but sadly they did not keep that car. I would love to have it now!
Submitted by: Jane Keathley

Knox, Jimmy
My dad worked at the standard Truimph Plant Canley on, I believe, the final finish line? I am not sure what cars my dad worked on but I believe they included the herald and the spitfire? My dad worked at the Canley Plant from 1960 to 1980/1 and took redundancy from the plant which I believe at that time was then British Leyland. My dad was from Falkirk in Scotland and came down to Coventry in 1960s to find work. My dad was by trade a coach builder/carpenter. After taking redundancy my dad returned to Falkirk and now has passed away in 2003. Thank you. Mr James Knox (son)
Submitted by: James Knox

Kockelbergh, Reg
From 1945 Reg worked for Armstrong Whitworth at Baginton and at Standard Triumph (later Rover) until he retired.
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

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July 2017 UPDATE: Thank you for all the submissions we now have over 1,200 names in the database with articles, info, memories and photos coming in. We’ll show everything, that comes in, at some point soon, please bear with us. We still need more… Email your stories today!
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  • Coventry Car Day 9th September, 2017 - Share your stories with us from Standard Triumph – at the Coventry Car and Motorcycle Day Saturday 9th September, 2017 As part of the UK-Wide Heritage Open Weekend, Vehicles from Coventry’s finest factories built by Coventry’s finest generation will be assembling at Coombe Abbey Country Park and leaving (at 9.15am) to drive into Coventry City Centre for a day-long …
  • Home Guard - As an apprentice toolmaker, Thomas Cumberlidge was considered a far too valuable commodity to have his life put at risk in the regular army.
  • Standard Eight, Early Production - Excerpt from Standard Eight early production.
  • Recreation Club – Jim Spain - When the last Triumph car left the assembly line at Coventry’s Canley plant the last workers were redeployed to other factories in the group.
  • Herald Pub – The Pub Sign - This pub was named after the Triumph Herald motor car, which was first built in 1959 in the Standard factory that stood on the other side of the railway line from the pub.
  • Royal British Legion Triumph Pipe Band - For Jim Cosgrove of Coundon, the skirl of the pipes was a familiar sound at home. Three members of his family were musicians in the famed Royal British Legion Triumph Pipe Band. My grandfather Jim Cosgrove was founder of the band when he came to Binley in 1936 to work at the colliery. He came …
  • Standard Vanguard, full-sized model - I worked for the Coventry Tile Company, one of the finest tile fixing firms in the country. One Saturday morning, I was sent to do a small tiling job at the Standard Motors factory. I arrived with my small tool bit, the tiles and other materials having been delivered the day before. I was instructed to …
  • Douglas Jones - My father – Douglas Jones, was born and raised in Coventry and spent his working life involved in the car industry (as did all his family).
  • Blitz - In the late spring of 1940 Germany was winning the war and had occupied France, poising to invade Britain. And my mother was dying.
  • Banner Lane and Massey Ferguson - During WW2 The Standard Motor Company had operated on behalf of the Government a new “shadow” factory making aero engines. This 1,000,000 sq ft (92.903 sq m) plant in Banner Lane, Coventry, stood idle once the war had ended and Standard’s managing director Sir John Black was anxious to find a use for it. Such a large empty …
  • Redundancy – Standard Motors 1956 - An excerpt from the House of Commons relating to redundant workers at Standard and their efforts for new employment.

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