My Interest in the NLR Servants
I (Peter Bloomfield) spent the first eight years of my life just a short way from Highbury station. In those days maroon coloured electric trains ran from Broad Street to Watford and to Kew Bridge and Richmond. My maternal grandparents lived just along from Stonebridge Park station on the Watford line and paternal grandparents lived in Hampstead on the Hampstead Junction Railway on the way to Kew Bridge and Richmond, via the North and South West Junction Railway. It is was on one of these journeys that I caught a chronic bug and which, quite a few decades later, I have still not been able to shrug off – a love (me)/an obsession (darling wife) of all things North London Railway.
Virtually the whole of my working life was serving in the Army. I was eventually put out to grass by my regiment and posted to Colchester. It was from here that I started going to the Public Records Office-cum-The National Archives and over the years spent a lot of time (me)/too much time (darling wife) delving into matters North London Railway. I gradually started concentrating on the staff, especially the lower echelons. When it comes to Army history, plenty has been written about generals and the odd outstanding soldier but nothing about average junior officers and soldiers without whom the Army would not function: the same goes for railwaymen. I have attempted in a very small way to rectify this omission in respect of the North London Railway. This could not have been done without the help of two girl relations, Margaret and Amanda, Jim Connor for use of his photographs, fellow members of the North London Railway Historical Society, and the staff of The National Archives, all of whom have been very, very, patient with me. I have also received tremendous help from relatives of the railwaymen parting with information and photographs of their forebears. Throughout I have had the whole-hearted support of my wife, Luise, my daughter and son, Linda and Martin, and their children, especially the eldest of each, Richard and Oliver.
I have now collected over 8,870 names of NLR railwaymen with varying amounts of information about them. The least being a name on the NLR War Memorial to a comprehensive story. This site contains the information I have gleaned. One thing I have discovered over the years in connection with the general history of the NLR is that if a source is not cited be wary! Hopefully, all that I have included here has the source quoted. The majority of details concerning railway careers has come from the staff registers and minutes of meetings of the NLR now held by The National Archives.
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