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In Alphabetical Order.

1  Steven B Allen, 

2  Albert James Barnard (Jim), 

3  Arthur R Barrett, 

4  Margaret M Barrett, 

5  John Batch, 

6  Helen Bennell, 

7  Harold G E Birdseye, 

8  Margaret Phyllis Bodger, 

9  Teunis Boer (Tom), 

10  Ray Boughen, 

11  Captain Geoff Burnham, 

12  Edward Page Burton, 

13  Frederick Campbell (Jock), 

14  Kenneth Clarke (Ken), 

15  Albert Christie, 

16  William David Alfred Dack (Bill), 

17  David Eke, 

18  Ron M. Edgley, 

19  Leonard G Eglinton (Len), 

20  Ivor A. English, 

21  Maurice Feetham, 

22  Jock Gardner, 

23  Terry Ford, 

24  Gene Goodge,  

25  Joan Gardener, 

 

26  Barry Girdlestone, 

27  John Edward Green (Ted), 

28  David James Harwood, 

29  Michael J Short-Howard, 

30  Ingram Owen Ladbrook Hubbard, 

31  Michael C Rumens, 

32  George Harry John Oakes, 

33  Frank Oliver Stanley King, 

34  Reginald Fred Lake, 

35  Ronald Derek Mace, 

36  Ron William Mitchelson, 

37  Harry Neal (Tank), 

38  Bill Palmer, 

39  Nick S H Palmer, 

40  Norman Pounder, 

41  Peter Jacob Remmig, 

42  David Rippengill, 

43  Donald Ross, 

44  Bruce B Rudd, 

45  Melvyn John Smith, 

46  Major Martin Swale (ret'd), 

47  David Turner, 

48  Eric John Wilkin, 

49  Frank R Wright. 


The following in date order.

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Leonard G Eglinton (Lenny).

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Leonard G Eglinton (Len): 25th May 1930 - 16th November 2013.

Len formerly of Henry Bell Close, King's Lynn died peacefully at Amberley Hall, King's Lynn on Saturday 16th November 2013 aged 83 years.

Loving dad to Kay and son in law Andrew, reunited with his wife Kath (who died earlier this year on 26th June at Amberley Hall aged 82 years - see below). The funeral service for Len took place at Mintlyn Crematorium on Thursday 28th November 2013 at 2.30pm.

Len was born in Begleys Yard, North End, King's Lynn on 25th May 1930, he had an elder sister, who left home when Len was born, so he was brought up as an only child by his mother Lou and father George who also worked at the Docks.

Len started work at the age of 14, his first job was at Paul's Mill the Ropemakers in Lynn, then conscripted to the Army, then to the Railways which he so loved. Len had many construction jobs which involved crane driving these included time at Frigoscandia, Campbells, new section of the Dukes Head Hotel, the first concrete Silo at the Bentinck dock and the Technical College in Tennyson Avenue (now College of West Anglia). He ended his days at the King's Lynn Docks having started on 9th August 1976 and retiring as Permanent Way Relayer - Railways in May 1990.

Service sheet for Len - Thursday 28th November 2013 (View Now) 

A tribute to Len that Kay (his daughter) had requested to be read by a member of the family who knew Len well - Thursday 28th November 2013 (View Now) 

Donations if desired for East Anglian Air Ambulance, (use this link). Thornalley Funeral Services, Austin Street, King's Lynn. PE30 1QH - Tel: 01553 771339

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Kathleen Mary Eglinton - (Len's Wife) - 16th November 1930 - 26th June 2013 Aged 82.

Kath formerly of Henry Bell Close, King's Lynn died peacefully on Wednesday 26th June 2013 at Amberley Hall in the loving arms of her husband Len, (see above). Kath was aged 82 years, much loved mum of Kay and son in law Andrew. Will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

The funeral service for Kath took place at Mintlyn Crematorium on Friday, 12th July, 2013 at 3.15pm.

A tribute to Kathleen that Kay (her daughter) had requested to be read by a member of the family who knew Kath well - Friday 12th July 2013  (View Now) 

Donations if desired for East Anglian Air Ambulance, (use this link). - Thornalley Funeral Services, Austin Street, King's Lynn. PE30 1QH - Tel: 01553 771339

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Title: Capt. Geoff A Burnham F321/77 © 1986. John Barrett LRPS

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Captain Geoffrey Arthur Burnham (Geoff): 16th February 1932 - 26 April 2012.

Geoff of Terrington St John died on the 26th April 2012, peacefully at his home, aged 80 years. Beloved husband of the late Betty, loving Dad to Steven (deceased), and Lloyd, a dear brother to Graham, a very dear friend to many.

The funeral service took place at St Peters Church, Walpole St Peter, Wisbech, Cambs. on Tuesday 15th May 2012 at 11:15am and conducted by Rev Chesher followed by cremation at Mintlyn Crematorium, Bawsey, King's Lynn. During the service a poem read out by Tom Mason the president of Conway at the Funeral.

During the service a poem read out by Tom Mason the president of Conway. (Click to view)

Family flowers only, donations if desired for Wisbech Sea Cadets, may be sent c/o Thornalley Funeral Services, Austin Street, King's Lynn. PE30 1QH - Tel: 01553 771339

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Geoff was born in Wisbech on 16th February 1932, the second son of "Bill" and Edith Burnham.

His brother Graham lives in Vancouver Canada.

He was educated locally at Norfolk House Preparatory School in Bowthorpe Road, Wisbech & Wisbech Grammar School. From an early age Geoff's ambition was to join the merchant navy and at 16 he completed his education at HMS Conway, the merchant navy training ship moored in the Menai Straits off Bangor.

He did his early training in North Wales before going to sea in 1950 and travelling the world with the Ellerman Hall Line, during his 10 years with the company sailing to the United States, Canada, India, Pakistan, New Zealand & obtaining his Master's certificate.

Geoff had a spell with Trinity House from 1960 which maintained navigation marks, light-houses and buoys around the coast of England and Wales. Geoff has been at sea since the age of 16 and often away from home for a year at a time.

He navigated for the Sailing Training Association on their training schooners Sir Winston Churchill and Malcolm Miller.

It was in 1960 he married Betty Tromans from Emneth, they lived in Swansea where their twins Lloyd & Stephen were born in 1962. In 1963 they had just moved back to Gorleston when tragically Stephen died.

Geoff made the decision to return to King's Lynn so that he could support his wife and be closer to their families. Geoff, with a master's certificate from the merchant navy in his hand, started working at King's Lynn Docks on 14th November 1963 as assistant dock master to Capt.E A Tyrrell the ports dock master. He became Dockmaster in 1971.

Whilst at King's Lynn docks Geoff was responsible for moving around 18,633 vessels. This represented some 37,266 movements through the lock gates into the river at King's Lynn.

After 22 years service with BTDB and Associated British Ports operators of the King's Lynn Docks, Geoff decided to take early retirement on Friday 31st January 1986. Geoff's position was filled by his assistant Capt. Peter Howard.

In retirement Geoff had time to pursue interests he loved, sailing his boat Tab Nab 3, model making, naval & transport history, travelling to visit friends & family in Canada, Australia & New Zealand and supping a pint or two with his friends! He also found time to look after Walpole St. Andrew Church for The Churches Conservation Trust.

He was a regular attender at Conway Club functions both in the North & South of the country, these he really looked forward to and made many friends.

Geoff had been member of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners for almost 40 years.

Following Betty's death Geoff bought his cottage in Terrington St. John. Anyone who visited him was made welcome. His neighbours will remember him for the old fishing boat mast rigged as a flagpole in his back garden - where he would fly flags for birthday greetings and special occasions. When asked why he replied "lots of people put gnomes in their back gardens and they don't have a reason for it".

Geoff recently celebrated his 80th birthday in February - a lunch, friends round for a drink in the evening, a week later a helicopter flight over Norfolk with his son Lloyd and the following week what was to be his last visit to the northwest for a Conway function & a service at the Conway Chapel in Birkenhead Priory.

Please feel free to send in further photographs of Geoff or text for possible inclusion on this webpage - use link at the foot of this page to contact JB.

Latest: Published in the Lynn News on 03 August 2012 - Lloyd and family would like to thank everyone for their help and kind messages of sympathy following Geoff's death. Donations in his memory recieved for Wisbech Sea Cadets amounted to £416.00.


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Title: Harry Neal (Tank)

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Harry Neal (Tank) - June 21st 1919 to 27th May 2011 (Photo one of four)

Harry Neal died on the 27th May 2011, peacefully at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Harry (Tank), aged 91 years formerly of Fermoy Avenue, King's Lynn. Beloved husband of the late Dolly. The funeral service was at the St Margarets Church, King's Lynn, on Wednesday 8th June at 11.30am, followed by interment in Gayton Road Cemetery. The service was conducted by Revd Christopher Ivory and the funeral was by Thornally Funeral Services, Austin Street, King's Lynn, PE30 1QH.

Click to view the poem read  at the service by Howard Bugg titled "Memories of a Prisoner of War Camp by Harry Tapley of the 4th Btn Gordon Highlanders. The family felt this was as Harry would have explained his feelings.

Harry joined the docks (BTDB) on 10th May 1965 and retired after 19 years on his 65th birthday as a dock watchman for Associated British Ports at King's Lynn.

The amusing incident involving the Prince of Wales was recalled when Harrry's workmates got together at the dock office for a retirement presentation.


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Fed up

It was in May 1981 that Harry sent a tube of glue to the Prince with the message: "Keep your secret under your seat and we will make a fortune"

Harry was an ardent royalist and would put a pound on whenever Prince Charles rode in a race. But he became so fed up losing his money that he sernt the royal jockey the glue.

At Harry's presentation Harry was presented with a silver engraved tray by Andrew Kent, docks manager. His workmates collected £120 and bought him a new bike. (see photo above).

Andrew Kent wished Harry a long and happy retirement and there were further tributes from his colleagues.

Born at Highgate in Lynn, Harry went to St James' Boys school. He married Dorothy, the girl who lived opposite him at Highgate.

Before working for the docks, Harry worked as a post office engineer and on the railways. During the last war he was captured at St Valery in France and spent five years as a prisoner-of-war in Germany and Poland.

But of of all his various jobs, Harry said working on the steam railways was the one that he enjoyed the most.

In his retirement he enjoyed getting "out and about" on his new bike and in latter years on his electric scooter as well. He was a keen gardener and in the early days had an allotment.

Harry also had a period working at the ports "Staff College" King's Lynn as a driver and caretaker.(Photo taken 1965)

Acknowledgement: Some of the above information was taken from the Lynn News June 1984

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Ted Green

John Edward Green (Ted) 29th March 2008 (Former Port Manager King's Lynn). (Photo ref__)

Ted Green died on 29th March 2008 in hospital, Ted retired from the Docks and settled in Snettisham - the funeral service will be held at Mintlyn Crematorium on Wednesday April 9th 2008 at 10:45am, family flowers only. Donations if desired for Hunstanton Lifeboat may be made at the service or sent to John Lincoln, 40 Greevesgate, Hunstanton.

Ted Green retired from the docks after 40 years' service. His position at the time was assistant chief personnel manager based at London headquarters. Ted was at King's Lynn from 1962 to 1969 and then he moved to London headquarters. His career began in 1937 when he joined the London and North Eastern Railway as a clerk. After service in the forces during the war he returned to the railways in 1946, remaining with them till January 1956, when he became port apprentice in the Docks Division of the British Transport Commission. In 1958 he was appointed assistant dock superintendent at Middlesbrough Dock, and a year later assistant to the docks manager at Middlesbrough and Hartlepools Docks. It was from there that he came to King's Lynn as Docks Manager in August 1962.

In 1966 as Port Manager of King's Lynn Ted was involved with the planning of the Roll-on-Roll-off service costing £113,000. This new terminal was opened on 22nd December 1966 by the Mayor Mr. John Juby. The Mv Alster and Mv Henry Stahl both ran a regular service between King's Lynn and Hamburg. Both these two ships were built specially to berth at King's Lynn and use the Ro-Ro berths. The King's Lynn to Hamburg service had been operating at the port since 1952 prior to the construction of the Ro-Ro. Several years later the Alster Rapid was added to this service.





Michael Howard

Michael James Short-Howard - 21.03.60 - 01.01.08 - (Image left ref: 04/15003)

(Photo Left ref: 04/15003C) - Michael joined the docks on 4th May 1987, he started working for the Port Engineer's department assisting with maintenance and worked his way through most departments at one time or another. He loved working on the dredger having been involved with shipping whilst a fisherman with his father. He did tidal duties for the Dock Master's department that included operating the dock gates. He was a waterman and eventually transferred to the Operations Department where he did all aspects of cargo handling. He was the gearman and was responsible for looking after all the lifting equipment, a job he was still doing up to the day before his death on New Year's Eve. Michael Started school at St James Infants School, then on to St James Boys school and finally to Gaywood Park. After leaving school he went to work on his father's fishing boat, and then on to the docks. His hobbies included shooting and rugby.

Michael was the partner of Noreen for 32 years, and lived in King's Lynn before moving to Heacham. They had two daughters, Jemma and Kathleen and one grandson Brandon and his brothers Mar and Simon. He was the son of Mavis and David.

The funeral service took place at St Nicholas Chapel, King's Lynn on Tuesday January 15th followed by private cremation. The Chapel was almost full with family, friends and work colleagues. The service was conducted by the Revd Christopher Ivory, vicar of St. Margaret's Church with St. Nicholas Chapel. An address was also given at the service by close friend Steven Flint followed by a poem about Michael. Staff from the docks (ABP) lined up outside the Chapel and applauded as the coffin left the Chapel on the final journey to Mintlyn Crematorium. The docks remained closed for the rest of the day as a mark of respect by all those who worked with him, staff had worked extra hours to complete the cargo operations so as not to disrupt the shipping operations.

To view the of the poem read  at the serivice by Revd Christopher Ivory and the address read out by Michaels close friend Steven Flint.

Donations for Hunstanton Lifeboat and Trues Yard Museum.


Photographs of: Michael Howard

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Last updated on 9th March 2015

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Donald Ross

Donald James Ross - 30.07.1927 - 28.12.2007 (Photo ref__)

On Friday 28th December 2007, Donald James Ross died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn, aged 80. Donald had not had the best of health for the last few years with heart, prostate cancer, failing eye sight and other medical problems.

He was a beloved husband, father of three and grandfather. The funeral service was held at Mintlyn Crematorium on Thursday 10th January 2008. The service was conducted by the Methodist Minister The Revd Alan Thorpe. Donations for the R.S.P.C.A.

Donald proposed to Jeanette on her 21st Birthday 1953 in Glasgow. They married in Dumbarton on 28th August 1954.

Donald enjoyed watching many sports and at one time played golf, he enjoyed quiz games and playing bridge, and was a member of the West Norfolk and King's Lynn Bridge Club. He at one time played Bridge three times a week.

Donald did his national service with the RAF, on leaving the service he returned to his accountancy career in London.

Before moving to King's Lynn Donald was a member of the Church of Scotland, when he moved to King's Lynn he became a member of the Gaywood Methodist Church.

Donald started work at the Port of King's Lynn on 11th June 1951 and retired on 30th September 1987 aged 60 after almost 36 years service in the accounts department.

During his time working at Kings Lynn Docks the company changed names from Docks and Inland Waterways, British Transport Commission (BTC), British Transport Docks Board (BTDB) and more recently Associated British Ports (ABP).





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