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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 107 Ex-employees 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

Kay, Ivor
My Dad was working in 21 Shop (2000 build) during the 60s so I travelled into work with him and Ivor Kay, who also worked in 21 Shop.
Submitted by: Mike Hales

Kay, Tommy
Maintenance Dept. Radford More
Submitted by: David Mileham

Ke, Roger

Kearns, J W
Ref 1952. Civil Defence Unit More
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Kearns, Paul
Electrical Team Ref: 1986 More
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Kearton, Alice (Sister-in-Charge)
Sister-in-Charge of Coventry Surgeries. Service: 1941-c1950 c1960 - 1973 More
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Kearton, Jack
Jigmaker in 12A Shop, Canley 26 Years Service Retired December, 1969 More
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Keefe, F R
66 men were killed serving in the Great War and their names are inscribed on the memorial stone by the promenade at London Road Cemetery. Inscription: Erected in loving memory of our comrades who gave their lives for liberty in the Great War 1914-1918 by the staff and employees of the Triumph and Gloria companies. 'He was a man and nothing that effected the human race was foreign to him.' More

Keeling, Christine
Shorthand-typist in Supplies Division, Canley More
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

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, Bridget
Costs Office c.1965
Submitted by: Philip Moore

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

Kelly, Des
Engineering Dept. More
Submitted by: Roland Whittaker

Kelly, Elaine
Costs Department c1969-1970 More
Submitted by: Annemarie Mabbs (nee Mckenna)

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

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

Kelly, Mike
Electrical Team Ref: 1986 More
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Kelly, Patrick Gerald
Played in the Standard pipe band, 1950s UPDATE REF July, 1960. An inspector in Rough Stores, Mr. Patrick Gerald Kelly died on May 31, 1960 aged 25. His service totalled nine years. We do not know if this is the same person (Standard Triumph Works Archive) - Anne can you help us?
Submitted by: Anne Dodd

Kelly, Rita
My beautiful little mum Rita Kelly worked there in the 60s painting the grills for the cars. She left in 1964 to have me
Submitted by: Carole Flynn

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

Kelly, William J
From 1921 Census. Year of Birth: 1880 Place of Birth: Shropshire, England
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Ken, Keeling
Paint Sprayer
Submitted by: Alan Keeling

Kendall, Edgar
From 1921 Census. Year of Birth: 1906 Place of Birth: Coventry, Warwickshire, England
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Kendall, Harry
From 1921 Census. Year of Birth: 1881 Place of Birth: Warwickshire, England
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Kendall, Norman C
Drawing Office Executive Fletch North More Ref: 1968 More Ref: 1969 More Fletch North More
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Kendall, Thomas Joseph
From 1921 Census. Year of Birth: 1896 Place of Birth: Coventry, Warwickshire, England
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

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

Kendrick, Horace
Fitter 47 Years Service Goalkeeper works football team 1920 & 1930's Started 1922 Retired 1973 More
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Kennard, Frank
30 years service Stock Control Supervisor Retired 1972
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

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

Kennedy, Walter
Ivy Cottage
Submitted by: Tom Braund

Kenning, T
66 men were killed serving in the Great War and their names are inscribed on the memorial stone by the promenade at London Road Cemetery. Inscription: Erected in loving memory of our comrades who gave their lives for liberty in the Great War 1914-1918 by the staff and employees of the Triumph and Gloria companies. 'He was a man and nothing that effected the human race was foreign to him.' More

Kenny, Bill
Trim Foreman

Kenny, Pat
Truck driver in Engine Despatch, Canley, included in Ireland's boxing team for the Olympics. 1960 More
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Kenny, Steve
Submitted by: Geoff Smith

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

Kershaw, Edmund
From 1921 Census. Year of Birth: 1876 Place of Birth: Oldham, Lancashire, England
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Kershaw, J
Radford c1972 Member of the Triumph bowls club
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Kerswell, R
City & Guilds exam success. London Service Depot c1973 Key, G W
Overseas Manufacturing Manager c1965-1969
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Key, George
CKD Supplies Executive, Northey, Road c1960 More
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Key, Neville
Experimental supplies manager, Fletch North. Around 1965 - 75.
Submitted by: Peter Russell

Key, W G
Supply Executive, c1961 C.K.D. Packing Department c1962 Ref: 1968 CKD Photo Overseas Manufacturing Manager c1968
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Keyser, _Charles
From 1921 Census. Year of Birth: 1902 Place of Birth: Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Keyte, George William
Production Paint Supervisor from October 1958. Joined the company in 1956 and was in charge of the "new paint shop". Died suddenly March 27, 1959 aged just 44.
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Khan, Kareem
Electrical Team Ref: 1986 More
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Kilgallen, Pete
Electrical Team Ref: 1986 More
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Killick, Charlie
Buying Department More
Submitted by: Peter Russell

Killingbeck, Ernest Frank
From 1921 Census. Year of Birth: 1882 Place of Birth: Lambeth, London, England
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Kilmurray, Eddie
Electrical Design
Submitted by: Bleddyn Jenkins

Kilmurray, Peggy
Jim Parkinson’s Secretary (Drawing Office) Drawing Office More
Submitted by: Bleddyn Jenkins

Kilmurry, Ed
Junior Senior Draughtsman
Submitted by: Bernard Riches

Kilsby, W
Engine Assembly Retired Feb/March 1979
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Kimber, I P
Training Manager 1971
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Kimberley, T
Cycle Finisher 66 men were killed serving in the Great War and their names are inscribed on the memorial stone by the promenade at London Road Cemetery. Inscription: Erected in loving memory of our comrades who gave their lives for liberty in the Great War 1914-1918 by the staff and employees of the Triumph and Gloria companies. 'He was a man and nothing that effected the human race was foreign to him.' More
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Kimberley, Thomas Alfred
From 1921 Census. Year of Birth: 1885 Place of Birth: Coventry, Warwickshire, England
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

King, Andy
Field service engineer
Submitted by: Brian Garner

King, Anthony
Joined as a graduate into the Systems department September 1971.
Submitted by: Anthony King

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, Jack
Charge Hand no 17 shop (I think) welding More Tinsmith More
Submitted by: Jackie Roach

King, Joe
Tin Smith. Tile Hill Factory in Torrington Avenue
Submitted by: Lindsey Deacon

King, Len
Wages Dept, Fletch South Ref 1963 More
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

King, PatrickSubmitted by: Alan Bateman

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

King, Phyllis
Costs Department c1969-1970 More
Submitted by: Annemarie Mabbs (nee Mckenna)

King, RodSubmitted by: Alan Goodwin

King, Rodney
Ex-apprentice. Draughtsman at Fletch North Drawing Office Ref. 1968 More
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

King, Thomas Alfred
From 1921 Census. Year of Birth: 1878 Place of Birth: Coventry, Warwickshire, England
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

King, William Joseph
From 1921 Census. Year of Birth: 1887 Place of Birth: Cork, Ireland
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Kingham, Charlie
DCM. Fletch South 23 years Vice president, Works Branch British Legion (20 years)
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Kings, H C
From 1921 Census. Year of Birth: 1864 Place of Birth: Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

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, B.S.
Chief Receptionist & Training Officer, London Service Depot. c1973 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

Kitley, Freda Submitted by: Freda Kitley

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. Knapp, Sarah
From 1921 Census. Year of Birth: 1883 Place of Birth: Faringdon, Berkshire, England
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Knatt, Henry Roy
(25), Royal Warwickshire Regiment, killed in action. 30 July 1944 Age 25 FONTENAY-LE-PESNEL WAR CEMETERY, TESSEL : Private 5126628 More
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Knee, Walter
Knee of 11, Evenlode Crescent, Coventry, who works in the press tool room at Standard Triumph International, Took a day off yesterday (1961) to celebrate his golden wedding.
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Knibbs, Harold
Banner Lane http://www.triumphworks.co.uk/life-at-standard-triumph/
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Knight, Brian
1955 - 1968 Standard -Triumph ( Liverpool ) Ltd. Woodend Avenue, Speke, Liverpool 24. Apprentice ( Hall Eng ), Junior Draughtsman, Tool Designer. Worked with noted car men, Ted Chapman, John Morton, Neville Brownlow plus many others.
Submitted by: Brian Knight

Knight, E
c1954 Chairman of the Standard Apprentice Association (12 years) More
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Knight, Laurie
Transmissions development. 1977 to 1978. Mainly TR7, TR8 and Lynx. Worked with Andy Todd and David Hughes

Knight, LenSubmitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Knight, William Walter
From 1921 Census. Year of Birth: 1893 Place of Birth: Redditch, Worcestershire, England
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Knott, Frank
Superintendent
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! UPDATE: 25 years Service. Executive, Technical Services Started 1947. Spares Division Retired 1972 More
Submitted by: Jane Keathley

Knox, D
No. 1 Shop, Banner Lane. Member of Modern Dance Club c1950. More
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

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

Kockelbergh, Reg
Technical design
Submitted by: Jill Baker (Daughter)

Kockelbergh, Roger John
Worked in technical area where the staff produced items and cars to be exhibited at motor shows internationally.
Submitted by: Jill Baker (Daughter)

Koncevicius, Al
Submitted by: Jackie Roach

Kotecha, Suri
Engineering Dept. More
Submitted by: Roland Whittaker

Kovats, B
Herald Engine Line Assembly Hall (Nights) c1963
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Krnjulac, Marko
I was a maintenance electrician at the Canley plant mid to late 70's, best job I ever had looking back on it.
Submitted by: Marko Krnjulac

Kumar, Ash
Electrical Team Ref: 1986 More

Kynaston, E
Berkeley Square House Garage Ref. 1956
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive


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Two copies of Alan Jenner's Standard Triumph ID card.The right card is dated 18th July 1958, the left card is earlier Read more
Part of this project is to recognise many of the factory features that made up the Canley Standard Triumph site. Read more
Remarkably we may have 'found' the doors to the main entrance at Fletch South. They still exist! The first photo Read more
A series of photos with the Triumph Mayflower in production. Read more
A couple of photographs taken at a Standard vintage rally at Canley during the 1960's. The first photo shows a pre-war Standard. The Read more
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Cliff was born on the 9th March 1932 to Arthur and Sylvia Frost. Cliff was the third of four children. Read more

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  • 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.
  • Standard Triumph Exterior Photo 1959 - We like to see exterior factory photographs – it helps with identifying certain areas and our understanding of the site itself. Photos are quite rare – colour ones really rare. 
  • Alan Jenner - Two copies of Alan Jenner’s Standard Triumph ID card.
  • Surgery – or Computer Room? - Part of this project is to recognise many of the factory features that made up the Canley Standard Triumph site. We would like your help.
  • Fletch South - Remarkably we may have ‘found’ the doors to the main entrance at Fletch South. They still exist!
  • Mayflower - A series of photos with the Triumph Mayflower in production.
  • Vintage Standard Rally - A couple of photographs taken at a Standard vintage rally at Canley during the 1960’s.
  • John Jones - My father John Jones, worked there as a tool setter charge hand. He was there from about 1962 till the day it closed down permanently.
  • Mavis Langdon Standard Ladies Pt 4 - Another group photo of a team of trim ladies from Mavis Langdon.
  • Tony Gibbs – Cost Office - Following on from the Cost Office Part 1 (Part 2 to follow shortly), this little snippet has been found from 1979.
  • Tom Neary – Maintenance Department - Tom Neary , of Maintenance Department, Canley, was presented with a sum of money from the department when he retired after many years’ service. Mr. E. K. Wadsworth, Works Engineer, made the presentation.
  • Mark McCombie - I started work at Standard Triumph in the summer of 1971 working at the Tile Hill training school. I progressed to become a trimmer working at Canley and also at the Service Department at Allesley.
  • Ivy Cottage – Demolition - A sad photo taken just prior to the demolition of Ivy Cottage.
  • Cliff Frost - Cliff was born on the 9th March 1932 to Arthur and Sylvia Frost. Cliff was the third of four children. He had an elder brother called Arthur, but called Mick for his entire life, and an older sister Joan. A couple of years after Cliff had arrived the youngest of the siblings, Trevor was born.
  • 1950’s Wages Agreement - Directors from Standard Triumph and representatives from the Trade Union sign the new wages agreement.
  • Senior Executives - A good period photo from 1954 showing for senior Standard Triumph executives.
  • Thomas Joseph Mulrennan Pt 2 - A great series of photos featuring Thomas Joseph Mulrennan from Standard Triumph before emigrating to Australia.
  • Increased Sales 1936 - Period advert from November 1936
  • Garry Owen (Junior) - In the sixties the Standard Triumph apprentices would enter a float to all the local carnivals.
  • Costs Department Pt 1 - My name is Annemarie Mabbs was Annemarie Mckenna I started work on April 17th 1963 as a junior in the costs depart at Canley.
  • Recognise These Faces? - A remarkable set of colour factory photographs have emerged from 1959
  • Pubs: The Fletch - Located on the Fletchamstead Highway, The Fletch was immediately opposite the main Fletch South/North buildings. 
  • Standard Cinema - A period aerial photograph of the Standard Cinema from 1946.
  • Recognise This Face? - This photo was from early 1959 and often, Standard Triumph pulled a ‘model’ from one of the works departments. Do you recognise her?
  • Recognise These Faces? - This looks like the Competition Department – Can you recognise these people?
  • Recognise This Face? - Final Finish perhaps? Taken from a still from a period film in 1965. Do you recognise this lady?

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