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In Alphabetical Order.

A  Steven B Allen, 

B  Ivan Frank Baker, 

 Albert James Barnard (Jim), 

 Patricia Marie Barnard ( Pat), 

 Arthur R Barrett, 

 Margaret M Barrett, 

 Leonard Barwood (Len), 

 John Batch, 

 Helen Bennell, 

 Harold G E Birdseye, 

 Margaret Phyllis Bodger, 

 Teunis Boer (Tom), 

 Ray Boughen, 

 Henry Graham Brown. (Ginger) 

 Captain Geoff Burnham, 

 Edward Page Burton, 

C  Frederick Campbell (Jock), 

 Albert Christie, 

 Kenneth Clarke (Ken), 

D  William David Alfred Dack (Bill), 

E  Ron M. Edgley, 

 David Eke, 

 Leonard G Eglinton (Len), 

 Ivor A. English, 

F  Maurice Feetham, 

 Terry Ford, 

G  Joan Gardener, 

 Jock Gardner, 

 Barry Girdlestone, 


 Gene Goodge,  

 John Edward Green (Ted), 

 Colin B Greenwell. 

H  David James Harwood, 

 Captain Peter Howard, 

 Michael J Short-Howard, 

 Ingram Owen Ladbrook Hubbard, 

K  Frank Oliver Stanley King, 

L  Reginald Fred Lake, 

M  Ronald Derek Mace, 

 Ron William Mitchelson, 

N  Harry Neal (Tank), 

O  George Harry John Oakes, 

P  John Arthur Paddy, 

 Nick S H Palmer, 

 Norman Pounder, 

R  Peter Jacob Remmig, 

 David Rippengill, 

 Donald Ross, 

 Bruce B Rudd, 

 Michael C Rumens, 

S  Melvyn John Smith, 

 Major Martin Swale (ret'd), 

T  David Turner, 

W  Eric John Wilkin, 

 Frank R Wright. 

The following in date order.

Bruce Rudd

Bruce Rudd - 24.06.1944 - 22.11.2007 (Photo 90/440/9/R3)

On Thursday 22nd November 2007 Bruce passed away at Addenbroookes Hospital, Cambridge after a short illness, Bruce was aged 63 years. Much loved husband of Lisa, loving father of Karen, Nigel, Dawn, Niketa, Daniel, Rosie and Andrew, dear grandad of Crystal, Michael, Jasmine, Jessica, Jake, Laura and Kristy, grandad Bruce of Jordan, father-in-law of Pete and Tracey, stepbrother of Brian and Denise, uncle of Angela and John and dear friend of all who knew him.

The funeral took place on Monday 3rd December at Mintlyn Crematorium, more than 100 people attended his funeral. Donations for East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Bruce joined the docks on the 21st December 2007 and worked at the Port of King's Lynn as Dockgateman till 11th June 1990. (see ABP Presentation)

Bruce ran a business B&L Minibuses for 30 years with his wife Lisa. They married on 30th January 2004

TO BE UPGRADED with following photographs

ob/07-028274_rudd.jpg - Arriving at Mintlyn - Photo 07/028274, ob/90_440_8_rudd.jpg - Bruce's Presentation at the docks - 1990 Photo 90/440/8

Tom Boer

Teunis Boer (Tom). 1942 - 19th January 2007. (Aged 65)

On Friday 19th January 2007 Tom passed away peacefully at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn, aged 65.

Tom's funeral took place on Wednesday 31st January 2007 - 11.30am at the Mintlyn Crematorium.

Donations to R.S.P.C.A.

Tom was a dear dad to Thomas, Teunis and Teresa, father-in-law to Claire, Tracey and Paul , loving Grandad of Daniel, Louise, Emma, Jessica, Thomas, Alfie, Lucy and Ben.

More than 70 mourners including family, friends and staff from ABP (King's Lynn Docks) together with many retired members of staff attended.

Tom joined the docks in 1982 as a general dutyman and during this period carried out many of the relief duties including tidal work etc. Tom took promotion during 1982 and became berthingman/waterman, a job he continued with till June 1985 when he started as a Junior Dock Foreman/Stevedore. In January Tom was promoted to Dock Foreman/Stevedore, a job he did till he took early retirement in early 1991.

A presentation of a clock was made to Tom by Assistant Manager, Nick Palmer - this was from staff and work colleagues. He received, as a bit of fun, a new pair of white overalls for the decorating work he was going to do after he left the docks.

Bill Dack - Welder - Port Engineers Dept.

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William David Alfred (Bill) Dack: 19th February 1927 - 20th October 2006. (Photo ref 89/9399/21A)

On Friday 20th October 2006, Bill died suddenly aged 79. The funeral service took place at the Mintlyn Crematorium King's Lynn on Friday 3rd November 2006. Donations to Alzheimer's Society.

Bill started work at the Docks (BTDB) as a maintenance mechanic on 29th May 1973 and worked at the port till his retirement. Before joining the King's Lynn Docks. Bill left school to work at Frederick Savages as a "Welder Plater" in the construction of many kinds of fairground machinery. Bill had a break away from Savages to carry out his national service in the Army (Norfolk Regiment) and returned to Savages afterwards. On leaving the Army in 1945 Bill married his wife Beattie on 12th June 1948, Bill and Beattie had two children David, who still works at the Docks today, and Brian. Bill was well-known at the docks for his collection of badges and other memorabilia.

The service was well-attended by family, friends, staff and retired members from the docks.

Further photographs etc to be added. - (Last updated on 17th October 2015.

Helen D Bennell.

Helen D Bennell: 21st September 1921 - 21st January 2006.

On 21st January 2006 Helen died peacefully at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn, age 84. Beloved wife of the late Walter, loving mum to Richard and Yvonne, a dear mother-in-law, nan and great nanny. The funeral service took place at the Mintlyn Crematorium on Tuesday 31st January at 3.15pm. Donations for Tapping House Hospice, send c/o Thornalley Funeral Services, Austin Street, King's Lynn, PE30 1QH.

Helen worked at the King's Lynn Docks from 7th June 1960 and retired as Senior Paybill Clerk in 1980.

At her retirement Helen said she had to rely on the West Lynn Ferry for 20 years to get her to work on time. Helen recalled her years in Kings Lynn, particularly the 1960's when she was secretary of the Docks Sports and Social club during its most active time. She and her colleagues arranged outings to suck places as Amsterdam, Delft, Brussels and an annual outing to the Edinburgh Tattoo. Helen was involved on organising many events including an annual horticultural show, handicraft and photographic exhibition. At that time, the docks had a women's football team which played against other local women's teams and which, in 1967, gained national publicity through a match at Southampton against a team from the Cunard Line.

In earlier days, in Scotland Helen had been the first woman wages clerk at Rosyth Dockyard in 1939 before joining the Post Office in Edinburgh in 1940. She moved to Norfolk in 1946 with Walter and began work at the docks as wages clerk.

On her retirement. King's Lynn docks Manager Bob Owen, presented her with a clock on behalf of her many friends on the docks, and at a party at her home Helen received a silver tray from the Board which was presented by Andrew Brett, docks accountant (King's Lynn).

If you have any photographs of Helen taken at the docks please contact John Barrett.

Arthur Reginald Barrett

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Arthur Reginald Barrett: 28th September 1912 to 30th December 2005.

(Photo Ref 05/014932) On Friday 30th December 2005, Arthur Barrett (my dad) died peacefully in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn, age 93.

King's Lynn Docks had been a large part of his life. He was one of four applicants for the post of "office boy" with the King's Lynn Docks and Railway Company on the 20th October 1927. A hand-delivered letter was received by him later the same morning informing him that his interview had been successful and that he was required to start at 2.00 pm that very afternoon. He recalled that a significant point in his favour at the interview was that he owned a bicycle, and would therefore be able to travel round the dock estate quicker than other applicants! The starting salary for an office boy in those early days was 7s 6d per week. He worked at the docks for almost fifty years having started at the age of 15, and he progressed through the posts of traffic clerk, timber clerk, senior paybill and revenue clerk, staff clerk and retiring on 30 Sept 1977 as Personnel and Administration Officer (a Management grade). During his time at the Port of King's Lynn he was also the correspondent for the Lynn Docks for the original house journal "Lock and Quay" (published for the Docks and Inland Water-ways Executive from 1949 to 1953), and then for the DOCKS from the first issue in January 1964 until the latter part of 1977. Arthur worked for five successive dock managers during his service. He had many memories of his time at the port and regularly told me about his time there. He was affectionately known at the port as "Dr No" - when he was approached by staff on entering his office he would often greet them with "No" well before they had asked the question.

(Photo below) Arthur was presented with a gift of a mantle clock by Port Manager Bob Owen from his colleagues on his retirement.

My father met his future wife Margaret whilst she was secretary to the then Port Manager. They married on 22nd August 1942 at S.S. Peter and Paul Church Swaffham (my mother's home town) and both lived happily in the same house at 22 King George V Avenue, King's Lynn, all their married life (total of 63 years).

My father passed all his academic exams for the armed forces during the start of the second world war but failed his medical and was not accepted. As a result he was one of a very few engineers who remained in King's Lynn with the abilities to repair radios, one of the only communications available at that time. He was well known to many people in the town and whilst also working at the docks during the day time he spent many hours in the evenings and early hours of the morning repairing radios. He did repairs for several retailers in King's Lynn including Currys. During the war time spares were hard to come by and he had the ability to rewind coils and make parts that were not available. He built radios from scratch and even made veneered cases for them, this work continued for many years and when television reception started in the area he branched out supplying black and white televisions and erecting aerials. When colour televisions appeared on the market he decided not to invest in all the required test equipment and retired. One vivid memory I have was during the 1953 floods we went round all his customers in South Lynn and collected the flood-damaged radio sets. He took many of them back to his workshop, flushed them out with clean water, dried them out and did his best to repair them. At that time the radio was considered one of the most valued possessions people had.

Dad never accepted our modern way of throwing away anything and would spend hours repairing his own items rather than buying new. We spent hours helping each other with projects around the home. We even rebuilt a car together about 20 years ago.

Dad was from a large family of Barretts (five boys) from King's Lynn - he was the youngest and survived his older brothers Edward, Donald, Wilfred and Sidney.

John Barrett.

The funeral took place at Mintlyn Crematorium on Friday 13th January 2005, Donations to St James House Medical Centre c/o A. J. Coggles, 44 London Road, King's Lynn.

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Margaret Mary Barrett.

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Margaret Mary Barrett (Nee Payne) - 20th March 1923 to 9th June 2013.

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On Sunday 25th June 2013, Margaret Mary Barrett (my mother) died peacefully in her room at Goodwins Hall Care Home, King's Lynn aged 90 years.

Margaret was born on 20th March 1923, at the family home 2 Station Terrace, Swaffham, where she lived with her father Robert & mother Ella Payne and her four sisters & one brother.  (See details). 

Margaret met Arthur Barrett, they married on the 22nd August 1942 at St Peter & St Paul Church Swaffham.

The funeral service was held at Mintlyn Crematorium on Tuesday 25th June 2013 at 11:30am - The service was conducted by the Reverend Dale Gingrich (Team Vicar) from St Faith's Church, Gayton Road, King's Lynn, Norfolk PE30 4DZ. Family flowers, with donations if desired to Goodwins Hall Amenity Fund. (before the 3rd August 2013) c/o Thornalley Funeral Services, Austin Street, King's Lynn, PE30 1QH. Any donations after this date can be sent direct to John Barrett.

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3. OBITUARY REPORT as used in Lynn News 16th August 2013. This is the "Full Version" showing the names of those who were represented by those who attended).  (View Now) 

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"Sand Boy" at Bawsey

After the service family and friends met at the "Sand Boy" at Bawsey, it was an opportunity to have a reminisce about the times that Margaret had with her family, especially husband Arthur (who died on 30th December 2005). We even managed to take a photograph of 17 closest members of the family who were able to attend.

The Docks Connection

Margaret went to the Convent of the Sacred Heart School in Swaffham and her younger sister Una joined her a little later on. On leaving school she went to the Murdins secretarial school in King's Lynn. The railway station was almost next to the Swaffham shop so the train was used daily to get her to and from King's Lynn. When Margaret completed her training she started work at the Docks at King's Lynn as secretary to the Port Manager. Margaret started on 28th April 1941, at the age of 18. Margaret was the first woman to be employed in the Docks office in King's Lynn.

One day the port manager asked "have you any more at home like you"? she replied "yes I have a younger sister Una". It was on 18th Jan 1943 her sister Una joined the docks staff as a junior clerk (aged 14), Una worked there until 21st Feb 1948.

Margaret met Arthur (Barrett) who also worked in the dock office, he had a motorcycle when they first met, but Margaret would never ride on it, certainly her mother and father would not have allowed her to. Arthur soon realised if he wanted to get serious with Margaret his motorcycle would have to go. He quickly purchased his first car a 1936 "Singer 9" model and their relationship blossomed from then onwards. On the 22nd August 1942 they were married at St Peter & St Paul Church Swaffham. They moved into 22 King George V Avenue, King's Lynn and both lived happily in the same house all their married life (total of 63 years).

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Goodwins Hall Care Home

After my father died (December 2005) Margaret remained in the family home in King George V Avenue with the support of her family, friends and neighbours for just over another four years. It was on the 8th April 2009 Margaret was admitted to QE Hospital after a stroke. On 26th May 2009 after several weeks of assessment at the QE hospital it was agreed that Margaret would not be able to return to her home in KGVA as she needed 24hr continual nursing care.

Margaret moved to Goodwins Hall Care Home in King's Lynn and her house was sold. At that time Margaret was very poorly and her future looked very bleak, but due to the patience and care of the staff at Goodwins Hall, she slowly improved and started eating again. Margaret could see the variety of activities that were available to all the residents (arranged by Lynda Barber and her team) and once again she could get some pleasure meeting people and watching the wide range of entertainments that were available. She went to as many of them as possible, although with certain limitations. She loved being in with Alf and the other residents having a good old sing-song with all the old songs she used to so enjoy. She was able to take communion and go to the Church Services held in GH. The staff worked very closely with Margaret and they soon all became part of her extended family. She always gave them a lovely smile when they went in to see her, it was the little things like singing to her in the mornings whilst getting dressed, brushing her hair, adding make-up etc, she seemed happy and I am sure it made her accept Goodwins Hall as her true home. She enjoyed her weekly appointments with Anita (in-house hairdresser) and it made her feel better. Until very recently she was able to attend many of the organised activities.

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Margarets EXTENDED FAMILY: All the staff at Goodwins Hall became known as her extended family and with her well-known smile she soon settled in and loved all the care and attention she received. It could not have been a better place for Margaret as she needed 24 hours nursing care, something she could not have possibly had at her own home. This photograph shows just a few of the many staff from Goodwins Hall, many of whom were able to attend the funeral. Those who attended but missing from the photograph were:- Sam Fletcher, Joan Agcaoili, Manager, Goodwins Hall Care Home. Those present also represented:- Sally Rayner, Carers and Nursing staff, Night Staff, Domestic Staff, Maintenance team, and messages from other residents who had known Margaret.

LtoR:- Lynda Barber, Donna Shaw, Pam Stirling, Karen Brooks, & Elizabeth Fowler (Liz).

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There were several surprises in that four year period, at times various animals were brought into the home for the residents to see:- Once a huge snake wrapped around Margaret and the largest rabbit you have ever seen. She even won an egg and spoon race once! On two occasions Margaret went into the walks to watch the fireworks display. Other members of the family were going but as it was so cold and damp they did not bother. It was a bit of a surprise the next morning when they found out Margaret had been. She went on a visit to Hunstanton, and sat on the sea front eating fish & chips. On another occasion she visited the King's Lynn Museum. Margaret was always lucky with raffles herself, after a few months her family had to issue an enforcement notice NO MORE LARGE TEDDIES or similar. Margaret's room would not take them all, and John and Jane were getting close to requiring an extension on their house to accommodate them all. She even won a week's accommodation at a holiday park in the South of France.

John Barrett (Son)


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Norman Pounder

Norman Pounder. 10th April 1932 - 17th July 2005. (Photo ref PC/002563/NP2)

On Sunday 17th August 2005, Norman died in hospital at Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancs, after a long illness age 73.

Norman started with the Docks then BTDB on 25th October 1948 clerk in Hartlepool. He left to do his two years National Service in the Scots Guards. In the army and in civilian life Norman was a keen sportsman, being particularly keen on Rugby, Cricket and Tennis. He was a Port Apprentice at Hartlepools where he met his wife Jean. He quickly moved into port management.

Norman Pounder came to King's Lynn in 1969 as Assistant Port Manager having previously having worked in the Port of Hull as assistant dock superintendent. Norman worked at King's Lynn as Assistant Port Manager from 1969 to 1979. On leaving King's Lynn he moved to Barry as Assistant Port Manager and he was promoted to the position of Assistant Port Manager of Cardiff and Barry, under the new organisational structure in 1983. When Norman retired he was Port Manager at Fleetwood.

Norman's 10 years at King's Lynn was a period of which he and his family had very fond memories. They lived in King George V Avenue and their children (two sets of twins) Michael and Carol, the elder twins and Simon and Sarah, the younger twins, went to the King Edward VII Grammar School and King's Lynn High School.

While in Fleetwood Norman became a JP, he was a member of Rotary, President of the local Rugby Club, member of Lancashire Cricket Club and played golf regularly.

The funeral took place at the parish church of Poulton-le-Fylde - St Chad on Monday 25th July 2005 - The service was conducted by father Roland Nicholson, an Eulogy was read by Michael Pounder (son), followed by cremation at Casleton Crematorium.

Donations RNLI and Alzheimer's

Norman leaves a widow Jean, two sons and two daughters.

The service was attended by many of the current ABP staff and retired staff who worked with Norman.

Joan Gardener

Joan Gardener - 17th January 2005.

On Monday 17th January 2005 Joan died peacefully home. Much loved partner to Michael, mother to Paul and Helen and of Ben, Hayley, Lyndsey and Stuart. Funeral service took place on Thursday 27th January at St Margaret's Church, King's Lynn at 2.00pm, followed by interment at Gayton Road cemetery. The service was conducted by the Vicar of St Margaret's the Rev Chris Ivory. Donations if desired for Cancer Research UK and Diabetes UK. Joan worked on the docks for the NDLB Various agencies and ABP for more that 40 years.

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