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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 50 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

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

Orton, Fred
Foreman of the Paint Shop Born 26/9/1901 More to follow...
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, 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

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, 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, 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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We’d love you to get involved with this project. You can email us your info to iwas@standardtriumphworks.co.uk or post a name directly on the ‘submit name’ link.
Come to this virtual chat to explore some of the documents from the British Motor Heritage Industry Trust archives about Read more
We are really pleased to announce we have been shortlisted and awarded £500 of match-funding by TownsWeb Archiving. The British Read more
For the final day of March - a month we have posted something new every single day - something apt? Read more
Ok detectives - can you help with this photo? Probably very early, probably linked to the early beginnings of the Read more
A superb reaction to the recent Le Mans photos, so how about a couple more? This first photo shows the Read more
Dated c1928/1930 this superb factory image shows the Standard Motor Co body assembly. With very little info known about the Read more
A trio of photos for you today - with suitable clues what can they tell us? The first. PPC? These Read more
Harry and his three Brothers at the Duke of York pub in Tewkesbury.  From Left to Right.  John Webster, George Read more
I was a JRT sponsored student from 1980~1984 and spent time in several departments at Canley - Prototype Build, NVH Read more
Anyone remember attending the Christmas parties?  This one was 1961 at Western Avenue, London I think.  I’m the little chap Read more
Warwickshire cricketer Jim Stewart and his bride Frances Flynn pass under a guard of honour after their wedding at St Read more
Park Royal.  Here is a great photo of a number of the staff c mid 1970’s. Here Dick Carter (centre) Read more
This photo shows the visit of the then Crown Prince Hirohito's visit to the Standard Motor Works in around the early Read more
Experimental Dept. Engineer 1967-1978. Roger joined the Triumph competition department, which was under Leyland’s control then, in 1967 when the Read more
Brian John Albert Williams was born in Shropshire in 1934, worked at Standard Triumph and was a Lab Technician at Read more

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  • Factor us in: FREE Online Event - Come to this virtual chat to explore some of the documents from the British Motor Heritage Industry Trust archives about the more human side of the Canley car factory and its impact on the local area.
  • Awarded Funding - We are really pleased to announce we have been shortlisted and awarded £500 of match-funding by TownsWeb Archiving.
  • Final Finish - For the final day of March – a month we have posted something new every single day – something apt? – Final Finish.
  • Super Sleuths? - Ok detectives – can you help with this photo? Probably very early, probably linked to the early beginnings of the Standard Motor Co.
  • Le Mans – Getting There! - A superb reaction to the recent Le Mans photos, so how about a couple more?
  • Standard 1928 - Dated c1928/1930 this superb factory image shows the Standard Motor Co body assembly.
  • Any Clues? Photo Participant Competition - A trio of photos for you today – with suitable clues what can they tell us?
  • Harry Webster CBE - Harry and his three Brothers at the Duke of York pub in Tewkesbury.  From Left to Right.  John Webster, George Webster, Harry, Derek Webster.
  • John Batchelor - I was a JRT sponsored student from 1980~1984 and spent time in several departments at Canley – Prototype Build, NVH and Trim and Hardware Design – before joining the Aerodynamic Department full-time in the autumn of 1984.
  • Terry and Win – Western Avenue - Anyone remember attending the Christmas parties?  This one was 1961 at Western Avenue, London I think.  I’m the little chap wearing a hat at the back (top left of the pic) with the man leaning over me, I was 6 and my brother Phillip on my right was 10. 
  • Frances Flynn – Home Sales - Warwickshire cricketer Jim Stewart and his bride Frances Flynn pass under a guard of honour after their wedding at St Michael’s Church in Coventry, 8th November 1960.
  • Dick Carter – Park Royal - Park Royal.  Here is a great photo of a number of the staff c mid 1970’s.
  • Arthur Frost – and Hirohito - This photo shows the visit of the then Crown Prince Hirohito’s visit to the Standard Motor Works in around the early to mid 1920’s*.
  • Roger Dowson - Experimental Dept. Engineer 1967-1978. Roger joined the Triumph competition department, which was under Leyland’s control then, in 1967 when the official works team had been disbanded, but the competition shop was still involved with preparing cars for privateers like Bill Bradley who was racing his Spitfire which we looked after, and we also prepared Triumph 2000s …
  • Brian Williams - Brian John Albert Williams was born in Shropshire in 1934, worked at Standard Triumph and was a Lab Technician at the technical college.
  • Standard FC – 1918 - One of our earliest photographs from Standard Motor Company and certainly one of the earliest sporting photos. Here, showing the Standard FC team from 1918-1919 season.
  • Colour TR3 Factory Production Line Pt.2 - More production line photographs in glorious colour!
  • Colour TR3 Factory Production Line Pt.1 - We have said before how colour factory photos are extremely rare – and this series are a particularly excellent archive set.
  • Anyone for Tennis? - The Standard Tennis club of 1931-1932. Recognise anyone?
  • Ted Silver Pt.4 – Le Mans - Another fascinating set of photos featuring Ted Silver. Here as part of the Triumph Le-Mans team.
  • Pensioners - A brilliant – but frustrating – photograph because we have no details. Can you help?
  • Standard Motors Staff - Another superb, and very early, photograph from the Standard Motor Co. Sadly we do not currently have any dates (any guesses?) but we do have a couple of names…
  • TR7 Drophead Launch – Woburn Abbey Pt. 3 - The following photographs feature the TR7 drophead during it’s UK press launch at Woburn Abbey, February 1980.
  • Ted Silver Pt.3 – Le Mans - Another fascinating set of photos featuring Ted Silver. Here as part of the Triumph Le-Mans team.
  • TR7 Drophead Launch – Woburn Abbey Pt. 2 - The following photographs feature the TR7 drophead during it’s UK press launch at Woburn Abbey, February 1980.
  • Ted Silver Pt. 2 - Further pictures have been sent through from Ted’s grandaughter Louise.
  • TR7 Drophead Launch – Woburn Abbey Pt. 1 - The following photographs feature the TR7 drophead during it’s UK press launch at Woburn Abbey, February 1980.

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DECEMBER 2020.
We are really pleased to announce we have been shortlisted and awarded £500 of match-funding by TownsWeb Archiving.

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The British Motor Museum hold thousands of original Standard Triumph factory negatives, many of which were taken by Frank Callaby – that’s Frank in the photo, an employee at Standard Triumph. The photo was sent to us, as many others are, by his family. The vast majority of these Standard Triumph negatives have never been digitised or even seen in years. We have applied for funding to allow a number of these unseen negatives to be scanned and ‘unlocked’ to share some amazing hidden secrets of the Standard Triumph factories and their employees. Whilst we missed out on the big prizes of £3,000 we are really pleased to have been shortlisted and awarded this funding. It’s such an exciting opportunity for Standard and Triumph enthusiasts, local people, ex-employees and their families and social historians.

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