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This Website Was Launched Feb 1, 2017
Did you work at the Standard or Standard Triumph
 – at Canley or any of the associated sites/companies associated with 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.

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List of Names

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There are 122 names in this directory beginning with the letter S.
Sadler, Jill
Started work in 1966 after finishing school in Canley. First in the typing pool then accounts office.
Submitted by: Jill Sleath

Sadler, Maureen
Clerk/Typist 1958-1961. I worked in an all-male office at the end of the Herald Assembly Track. On my first day, I had to wash the cups and mugs and had to walk the entire length of the track to the Ladies washroom. As I stepped out of the office, all the men started banging spanners, hammers and everything else they could find, very loudly and of course, many ‘wolf whistles’. I had to brave that for about 3 days and then they stopped making so much noise and actually started talking to me. Worked with Bill McCombie and Mr MacDonald (Mac) from Birmingham. Whilst there, I got married and received an Electric Toaster as a wedding present. One memorable day was when I had just moved from my desk and a set of fork lift truck forks, came crashing through the windows just behind my desk – what a fright! I did however, during my time there, learn my first rule of engineering – If it doesn’t fit, hit it with a hammer!
Submitted by: Maureen Sweatman née Sadler

Sadler, Thomas
Metal Polisher 1950’s/60’s. This was an extremely noisy activity. How anyone worked in that dark, noisy and filthy environment is a wonder to this day.
Submitted by: Meureen Sweatman (Daughter)

Salter, Frank
Planning Engineer
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Sammons, Raymond (Ray)Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Samra, Gurch
Apprentice 1976-1980, then worked as a development engineer till May 1987
Submitted by: Gurch Samra

Sanders, M W J
General Works Manager. Appointed Works Director 1st November 1968 Click here for more
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Sanders, Vic
I worked at Canley plant on headlining from 76 to 80 when it shut for good
Submitted by: Vic Sanders

Sant, Robin
Apprentice 1959 Standard Football Team member
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Savage, Alan
I LEFT Broadway School in 1937 at the age of 14. I got a job straight away at Standard's service/spares division opposite the cinema in Fletchamstead.
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Savery, John
Sales Operation Manager c1959
Submitted by: Triumph Works Manager

Sawrey, Fred
Forklift driver
Submitted by: Norm

Saye, Simon
Apprentice 1959
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Schnabel, Eric
Senior Quantity Surveyor. Planning Dept.
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Scholes, Sam
Wages office then later production control
Submitted by: Jacqueline long hurst ( nee Scholes, daughter)

Scholes, T
Painting Shop 1959 Works Bowl Club Committee
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Scorer, Jack
Worked at Banner Lane and stayed when it became masseys, to work for fergusons, my dad knew sir john black and said he knew the first name of every man on the shop floor
Submitted by: Mark Scorer

Scott-Lee, Hubert
Head of Print Room. Always known as Tom Scott-lee
Submitted by: David Scott-Lee (son)

Scott, Harold
Fletch south maintenance, Painter
Submitted by: Alwyne Bates

Scott, William
Electricians Mate Maintenance Dept Fletch South c 1971-80
Submitted by: Alwyne Bates

Seager, Bob
Student apprentice 1952-55. This was a sort of up market apprenticeship where one worked for a brief time in virtually every department, works and office. Planning Dept at Fletch South till 1957, then did two years as Merchant Navy engineer in place of National Service. Back in Planning early 1960, was supposed to become PA to Cliff Swindell, then Production Director at Canley, but the first of the major redundancies took place and got chopped in Nov. 1960. Spent next thirty years in Engineering at Rover. More
Submitted by: Bob Seager

Sears, Stan
Tool & Cutter Grinding Department c1960-1980 More
Submitted by: Derek Makepeace

Seedhouse, Josephine
Powers Card Room, c1959
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Seigle-Morris, David
Works rally driver
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Settle, Reg
My father in law Reg Settle worked on the herald line for quite a few years
Submitted by: Dave Harratt

Sharpe, Vic
Supervisor, parts dept
Submitted by: John Crofts

Sharpe, Vincent
Trainee Trimmer from 79/80 in the rocket range my clock number was 98191 transferred to Browns Lane at closure to complete my 2 years training completed 30 years service before redundancy in 2009.
Submitted by: Vince Sharpe

Shaw, Alexander
My dad worked here then at Unipart
Submitted by: Julie Nutting (nee Shaw)

Shaw, Alexander
My dad worked here then at Unipart
Submitted by: Julie Nutting (nee Shaw)

Shaw, F J D
Materials Handling Engineer c1961 More
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Archive

Shaw, Harold
Assembly 1946-1980 More
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Shepherd, DaveSubmitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Shepherd, Mary
Used to be a delivery driver. So loved the vitesse. Stag, 2000, etc etc. Lovely times 1965/6 for me
Submitted by: Mary Shepherd

Sheriff, Dennis
Track Worker
Submitted by: Gary Browning (Nephew)

Sherlock, H
Fletchamstead 1959 Works Bowl Club Committee
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Sherwin, George
My father in law George Sherwin, now deceased, was a Standard Triumph worker in the machine shop. He worked from just after the war until it finally closed in 1980.
Submitted by: Tony Keeling

Sheward, Henry JOHN known as Harry
Toolroom fletch south . Milling. Worked there from about 1949 to 1979. My father
Submitted by: JOHN SHEWARD

Shiner, CyrilSubmitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Shorney, JohnSubmitted by: Alan Goodwin

Short, Raymond
Draughtsman
Submitted by: David Short

Shortridge, FrankSubmitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Shufflebottom, Jack
c1929
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Shute, Richard Gerard [Dick]
Worked at Triumph at Canley from approx 1960 to 1979. He was an electrician in the maintenance dept.
Submitted by: Bernadette Evans

Siddle, BillSubmitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Sidoli, Tony
Engineering Development Department 1970's More
Submitted by: Malcolm Whittaker

Silver, TedSubmitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Simpson, B
Member of the Standard Triumph Amateur Boxing Club, 1954
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Simpson, Bill
c1929
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Simpson, Kaga
I did work at the Standard/Triumph from around 59 to 64. I worked on the electrical panel that dropped the shells onto the track, much like a giant car park above the track. We could select any shell from the floor above, drop it on the track, the typist would then type out the sequence of the models, distribute them to various departments, which then placed the right gearbox engine or whatever to meet that particular shell. If the typist made a mistake and omitted the 'o' for overdrive or visa versa, then the workman would hammer and bang the engine in the wrong car. Same with a number of things, whatever came to meet the shell, in it went, these were called foreigners and placed outside in a special part of the car park. I'm sure you understand that two Spitfires could not follow each other, because of the time allowed for the workman to fit said parts, same with disc brakes, overdrives and a whole host of things so it was quite a tricky job to place them in the right sequence. We had all manner of people visit our little office, including the managing director of General Motors USA, Russians, Chinese, celebrities, we tried to explain the system to them all, This system was reputed to have been worked out and put in place by the electricians of the company. Workers were offered 17½% off a new car.

Sivyer, Lt Col Arthur Charles
Works Director, Standard and Triumph Sales, Ltd. Born London, 30th March, 1900. Educated London Polytechnic. Attended course at Mansions Motor Training School, London. Served as Rifleman, Q.V.R.'s, 1918-19. Assistant in Buying Dept. of British Motor Trading Corporation, London, during 1920. From 1921-28, in Sales and Accounts Depts., Standard Motor Co., Ltd., London. Taken over with Standard Concession by Standard Cars. Assoc. Company of Car Mart Ltd., in 1929 and served in Sales Depts. until 1939, when Commissioned in R.A.O.C. from A.O.E. Reserve. Served 1940-45 with M.E. Forces, early in 1943 attaining rank of Lieut.-Col. with appointment as A.D.O.S.(P.) M.T. Spares for entire Mediterranean Area. Rejoined present concern in 1945 as Works Manager, and appointed to present position in 1949. (1953 listing)
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Skinner, Ann
My mother in law Ann Skinner was a legend in the Buffet where she fed many a young and hungry worker giving them a little extra , she called them her Wee laddies My father in law worked in the paint shop he is John Skinner aka Jack
Submitted by: Sue Skinner

Skinner, John (Jack)
My father in law worked in the paint shop he is John Skinner aka Jack
Submitted by: Sue Skinner

Skuse, George
Process Engineer 1st TR prototype body and Vanguard
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Archive

Sladen, Robin Submitted by: Standard Triumph Archive

Sleddon, Gerry
Carpenter(then foreman) Maintenance Fletch South
Submitted by: Alwyne Bates

Slotemaker, Rob
Works rally driver
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Smart, Bill
Standard Triumph Review contributor
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Smart, Joan
Secretary to Sir John Black (RP) War Years
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Smith, Alan
Allesley Service Dept.
Submitted by: Marilyn Bates

Smith, Albert (Eric)
Tester, Fitted and Works Fire Brigade. Retired in 1980
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Smith, Albert Edward
43 years service!
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Smith, Frank
Tester, c1927 Foreman of the Test Brake section, c1953 Retired 1962 as Foreman of the Experimental Engine Test Shop
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Smith, G H
No1 Shop, Banner Lane c1959
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Smith, KathSubmitted by: Carmel Langdon

Smith, Roy
Test Driver
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Smith, Ted
Barb Line in the Rocket Range c1960's
Submitted by: Ian Elmer

Smith, Victor
Draughtsman
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Snape, Frank
c1929
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Soisbault, Annie
Works rally driver
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Soulby, Tom
Inspector at Standard Triumph, Banner Lane
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Soutart, Conrad
Carpenter, Maintenance Dept Fletch South c 1971-80
Submitted by: Alwyne Bates

Sowersby, R
Pensions and Insurance Executive 1961
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Spain, Jim
Started 1955
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Spencer, Brian
Competition Department
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Spencer, Derek George
My dad was a millwright for a number of years in the 60's
Submitted by: Linda Farren nee Spencer

Spencer, Jim
Jim worked at the Standard Triumph from the 1940s until it closed
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Sprinzel, John
Works rally driver
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Spurrier, Henry
Chairman and MD of Leyland 1957. Leyland acquireds Standard-Triumph International, cars, vans and some agricultural machinery interests 1960. Leyland: 1961 Employed 19,000 persons. Parent of seven subsidiaries. Manufacturer of heavy commercial and passenger motor vehicles, trolleybuses, fife engines and heavy oil engines. 1963 June. Henry Spurrier resigns as chairman on reaching 65 and is succeeded by William Black.
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Squires, Dorothy
Secretary to Sir John Black
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Stacey, J C
Home Sales. Service 1921-1965
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Stackhouse, Geoff
PR Dept c1960 Export Sales c1961
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Staley, Frederick John
Security
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Stanley, DesmondSubmitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Stanley, Graham
Supervisor, Competition and Engineering More
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works Archive

Stanley, Harry
Tinsmiths. Service 1943-1961. Coventry's Lord Mayor 1960
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Stanley, Jack
Worked on the 'Track' at The Standard for many years. (Worked alongside family friend, Ray Clay.)
Submitted by: Paul Clay

Stansfield, Ron
Submitted by: Ian Jones

Stapleton, DaveSubmitted by: Marilyn Bates

Startin, Jack
My dad Jack Startin worked there on nights in the trim shop
Submitted by: Sue Startin

Steane, Walter
Production Control. 41 years service
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Steel, Leslie Hiron
Apprentice 1921. Became Director Steelseif, Ltd.
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Sterland, ElsieSubmitted by: Carmel Langdon

Sterry, Arthur
Arthur was a toolmaker with Standard Triumph in Canley for 40 years. During this time he was an active shop steward, a deputy and a convenor.
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Stinchcombe, C
Captain of the Bowls Club, c1959
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Stinton, RoySubmitted by: Alex Murray

Stirrup, Sid
Chief Buyer in Production Purchasing on Presswork team in late 70's in Fletch North
Submitted by: John Cremins

Stock, JeffSubmitted by: Alan Goodwin

Stock, Len
Inspector, No 2 Machine Shop c1959
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Stoker, F
Body Drawing Office, Banner Lane c1959
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Stokes, Donald
Sales Director 1961. Chairman 1964 More
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Stokes, FrankSubmitted by: Carmel Langdon

Stokes, Ken
Security (Sargeant) c1961
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Stone, David
Works rally driver
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Stringer, Tony
Allesley Service Dept
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Strong, Archibald, Peter
I'm sure he was a foreman for standard
Submitted by: Ben Handy

Stuart-Auchterlonie, Margaret
Filing Section, c1959
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Stuart, R
Production Control Spares c1961
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Sullivan, Danny
My grandad - possibly the late 60s, early 70s. I used to go to the Xmas party at the Odeon and also had a tour of the factory. I don't know his role though.
Submitted by: Jane Osmond

Sutcliffe, Mike
Works rally driver
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Sutherland, R A
Publicity Production Executive c1961
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Sutton, John Ward
b: 1916 Engine Test, Standard Motor Co., Ltd Site engineer, Gas Turbines, Armstrong Siddeley; Senior Production Engineer, Jaguar Cars
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Sutton, Nick
Personal Assistant to the Purchasing Director c1970.
Submitted by: Barrie Wills

Swain, Charlie
Superintendent, Engine Shop c1960's
Submitted by: Ian Elmer

Swain, Gwen
Hard chrome Dept Fletch South c 1971-80
Submitted by: Alwyne Bates

Swallow, Frank
c1929
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Swindle, Andrew Clifford
Chief Production Engineer c1959 Director and General Manager of Standard-Triumph International -1969 More to follow... More
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Sydney John Ford (Syd)
My dad worked in 23 Shop and Engineering. He was there when they built Triumph 2000 and Dolomite 1500. He went to work in Gaydon before retiring.
Submitted by: Sue Kilbey

Sydney, Ron
Head of Gearbox Engineer. SC (Small Car) 1950
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Sykes, Graham
Design/Development engineer
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Archive

Sykes, Roger
Competition Department
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Symonds, Brian
Banner Lane Planning Department, c1959
Submitted by: Triumph Works Archive

Symons, H H
Field Executive (Service) c1959
Submitted by: Standard Triumph Works


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