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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.

Frank R Wright.

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Frank R Wright - 7th September 1924 - 19th September 2004.

On Wednesday 19th September 2004 Frank of South Lynn died peacefully at the QE Hospital, King's Lynn, aged 80. Frank's funeral was held at Mintlyn Crematorium, King's Lynn, on Tuesday 28th September 2004. The funeral service was held at Mintlyn Crematorium on Tuesday 28th September 2004 at 1pm. Family flowers only, donations for the "Stroke and Tia Fund QEH" King's Lynn, send c/o Thornalley Funeral Services, Austin Street, King's Lynn, PE30 1QH.

Frank was a dear brother, uncle and friend to many.

Frank joined the docks on 23rd April 1956 and worked at the port till his retirement.

updated on 3rd February 2021 - 2 additional Photographs added.


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David Eke

David Eke - 8th January 1938 - 11th January 2005. (Photo 90/438/1A)

On Tuesday 11th January 2005 David died peacefully at his home in King's Lynn, age 67. David joined the King's Lynn Docks on 8th October 1979 and worked at the port until 20th December 1997, having completed 18 years service. David worked in a number of positions at the Port, he was a General Dutyman, Tideman, Dockgateman and also a Deckhand on the dredger at a time when King's Lynn had is own dredger.

The Funeral service was held at Mintlyn Crematorium on Thursday 20th January 4.45pm, Many friends and family attended the service that was almost to full capacity. Donations to Dr Jelfs and Partners Community equipment fund.

John Wilkin

E J Wilkin (John) - 3rd October 1937 - 20th March 2004.

On Saturday 20th March 2004 John died suddenly at his home, age 66. John joined the King's Lynn Docks on 8th April 1958. He left the docks on 26th October 1988 shortly after the closing of the carpenters' shop. He then went to work at the Norfolk College in Tennyson Avenue, King's Lynn in the brickwork shop, he met up with several of his old dock friends whilst there. John retired from the college in 1998.

John had four sisters - Betty, Irene, Dawn, Margaret and one brother Jamie.

The Funeral service was held at Mintlyn Crematorium on Tuesday 30th March at 4pm - more than 100 people attended including his family and friends. Many of the staff from the Docks and College of West Anglia also attended. The service was conducted by Rev. Heather Berry, she spoke of John's easy friendship with all who met him. He was the eldest son of a Northend fishing family. John was very close to his younger brother who was born some 13 years after him, John used to be seen riding around on a trade bike with his young brother Jamie in front. John had a love of all animals, his first job was working as a stockman for Seaman's till he was called up for his Army service in the First Platoon in the Suffolk's - he was sent to the Suez conflict. On leaving the army in 1958 he joined the Docks and worked there for 30 years. During his time at the Docks he carried on his keen interest in animals - he kept pigs, chickens and turkeys. Many a good turkey went through the carpenters' shop each Christmas. His cousin David also worked with John on his allotments till the new sports centre was built. John was made a lifetime member of the Allotments' Association. John loved gardening and he grew all his own vegetables at his home as well as doing all the practical jobs around the home.

Donations for the British Heart Foundation.

Les Hubbard

Ingram Owen Ladbrook Hubbard, (Les) - Berthingman/Waterman - 22nd August 1933 - 17th February 2004

On Tuesday 17th February 2004 Les died in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, age 72. Les was born in Shelfanger, near Diss, in Norfolk. The Funeral service was held at Mintlyn Crematorium on Wednesday 25th February 2004 and was conducted by Canon Michael Rees.

Les and was educated in Wimbotsham he had one sister Wendy. Les was was a member of the Babingley and Castle Rising Clubs he enjoyed football, cricket, gardening and the company of friends. The service was well attended by family, friends and work colleagues.

Family morners were: Wendy Brown (sister),Paul and Keith Brown (nephews), Dawn Hyam, Tamsin Brown.

Les started work at the ABP Training College King's Lynn. When the college closed in 1987 Les transferred to ABP's King's Lynn Docks on 4th May 1987. He was employed at the docks as Berthingman/Waterman. Les often helped out with the cargo handling at the port. (See photograph 93/586/3). Les retired from the King's Lynn Docks (ABP) on 18th November 1995 after 8 years service.

W. A. G Palmer (Bill) - 11th August 1922 - 1st January 2004

Photograps of: Bill Palmer

Group 1. The Docks.

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On Thursday 1st January 2004 Bill died at his home in King's Lynn, age 81. Bill joined the King's Lynn Docks on 4th March 1938 and worked at the port until his retirement in 1984, having completed 46 year's service, he served in the Royal Air Force from 1940 to 1946 and was a member of the Royal Air Forces' Association, The Royal British Legion and a very active member of St John and was at one time Area Commissioner for West Norfolk. Bill was the ports cashier. - Bill married Audrey in 1948 at St Faiths Church. Bill lived in Milton Avenue all his married life. He was a desert rat with the RAF - he served 1941-46 with the 6th Squadron at Cottishall. He served in North Africa, Italy and Palestine.

Bill was born in Eltham, London and was educated firstly in Colchester and then at St James' Boys School in Lynn. His further education took place at Murdins Commercial School in Lynn. Bill had many interests, he took me pigeon shooting once. He was also a keen gardener and had a special love of roses, and loved animals.

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Bill trained many staff in first aid, both within the docks and elsewhere. Bill received an honour from the Order of St John's and became West Norfolk Area Commissioner of St John Ambulance. Bill was also scout master at one time and played bowls till his Parkinson Disease made it too difficult. He loved his holidays and visited Italy on several occasions to meet up with friends -he always had an affection for Italy, having served there with the RAF during the war.

Bill and Audrey were both confirmed at St Faith's Church in 1979 and have been regular attendees. One of Audrey's friends introduced her to Bill while they on a walk. and 8 years later they married at St. Faiths Church Gaywood. In 1998 Bill and Audrey celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary.

The funeral was held at St. Faith's Church, Gayton Road, King's Lynn on Thursday 15th January 2003 at 1.45pm followed by a service at the Mintlyn crematorium. The service was conducted by Rev. Heather Berry.

Donations for RAFA or RSPCA.

Bill leaves a wife Audrey and two godchildren, Trina and Tanya.

St. Johns

Group 2. First Aid/St Johns

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Bill's Funeral

Group 3. Bills Funeral

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UPDATE: 21st September 2012 - Bills wife Audrey Palmer died today at Wyndham House Care Home King's Lynn (age 91).

Audrey Ethel Palmer died peacefully on the 21st September 2012 at Wyndham House formerly of Milton Avenue, Audrey aged 91 years. Beloved wife of William (deceased), dear aunt of David and Pat, godmother of Trina and Tania.

Funeral service was held at Mintlyn Crematorium on Tuesday 2nd October at 3.15pm. Family flowers, donations if desired to Wyndham House Amenity Fund, send c/o Thornalley Funeral Services, Austin Street, King's Lynn, PE30 1QH.

The service was conducted by the Reverend Canon Beryl Wood the rector of St Faith's Church, Gaywood King's Lynn.


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Harold Birdseye Mayor of Borough Council of King's Lynn.

Group 1. THE MAYOR.

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Harold & family.


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Harold George Ernest Birdseye - 30th September 1913 - 26th May 1977.

On 26th May 1977 Harold died at QE Hospital in King's Lynn, age 63. Harold was Mayor of Borough Council of King's Lynn in 1978 he was very well-known and respected for his services to the community and his council duties.

Harold married Hazel on 18th November 1939 at Terrington St Clements Church and lived at 6 Front Row, Highgate then 2 Riversway North Lynn. David was born in 1940 and Jenny in 1944 followed by Donald on 2nd December 1952.

Funeral service was held at St Nicholas Chapel, King's Lynn on 1st June 1977. Fayers Funeral Services, King's Lynn.

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The service was conducted by the Reverend Aiken followed by a cremation at St Faiths Crematorium Norwich.

Harold George Ernest Birdseye was born on 30th September 1913 at Bishops Stortford, at the age of 11 his family moved to King's Lynn. he was the son of the late Alfred Birdseye.

Harold went to St Johns Junior School in King's Lynn till the age of 14. Harold started work for William Locks Electrical Contractors in King's Lynn as an apprentice electrical. At the beginning of the last war Harold also worked as an electrician for Cooper Roller Bearings, during his year as Mayor (almost 20 years later) he and Hazel visited Coopers and were giving a tour of the factory by managing director Mr C W Hornigold. Harold was called up for National Service with the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers. During the second World War Harold served with the Desert Rats (Seventh Army Division) at El Alamein. He was in Italy for the Salerno landings, then in France, finishing up with the troops to enter Berlin. In 1946 (Discharged 11 July 1946) after his service during the war Harold returned to King's Lynn and re-joined William Locks at King's Lynn as an electrician.

It was on 23 February 1948 Harold started work at the Docks, during his time he was involved with a number of electrification projects at the docks as part of the modernisation programme.

Harold had been vice-president of the Lynn Trades Council, Chairman of the local branch of the National Federation of Building Trades Operatives, Vice Chairman of the borough Labour Party, and an executive member of the constituency Labour Party, a member of the Lynn district Employment Committee, and of the Social Security Tribunal, and a treasurer of the Lynn Branch of the ETU.

It was in May 1970 whilst working at the Docks Harold was given a year out to become Mayor of Borough Council of King's Lynn. During his term he carried out many duties including the official opening of the Littlewoods store in High Street November 1970, King's Lynn. Harold had been looking forward to the opening of Lynn's Mart, when unfortunately he suffered a heart attack on the 5th February 1971, eight months into his Mayoral term. Harold regrettably was unable to carry on as Mayor. He remained in London Road Hospital, King's Lynn till March 1971. After several months recovering at home, Harold took the decision to retire from his position as Chargehand Electrician at the Port of King's Lynn in June 1971 after 21 years service.

Harold's youngest son Donald joined the docks (BTDB) on 11th July 1977, and he retired on 31st December 2015, having completed almost thirty-eight-and-a-half years Service (retiring as Storeman) View details about Donald Birdseye.

Acknowledgements to Lynn News, Eastern Counties Newspapers and P M Goodchild - some of the photographs used are believed to have been taken by them.

Various documents and press cuttings collected by Harold and his family.

If you can help with any information and photographs please contact John Barrett.


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Mayors who were associated with the Docks:-

Reg Lake.

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Reginald Fred Lake - 5th Jan 1907 - 23rd January 1985.

On Wednesday 23rd January 1985 Reginald Fred Lake died at his home "Sherwood", Sandy Way, Ingoldisthorpe after a short illness, aged 78. In 1938 he married Frances Evelyn Dulin - she was always known as Evie to friends and family. Reg and Evie set up home in Avenue Road, King's Lynn. This was the family home until they moved to Ingoldisthorpe in 1960. He was widowed in 1980. He is survived by two sons John, Tony and a granddaughter Marina. Reg was born in 1907 at Watlington and attended King Edward VII Grammar School (as it then was) in King's Lynn.

After his education, on 12th March 1923 (aged 16) he joined the office staff in the Traffic Department of King's Lynn Docks and Railway Company (currently Associated British Ports). Reg spent the whole of his career in the traffic department, in 1933 he was assistant to the Chief Forwarding Clerk Mr A E Fox. Reg worked his way through the various positions to the top job as Traffic Superintendent in 1947 a position he then held for twenty-five years. Reg always regretted the fact that he was not able to enlist because of his occupation. Reg spent the war years at Lynn Docks, although he was a member of the Home Guard. He retired on 29th April 1972 after completing a total of forty-nine years' service at the Port of King's Lynn.

In his younger days Reg played cricket for the docks team and was playing tennis for pleasure until he was well over 70. In later years he was a keen spectator of sports on the television.

Reg was an outdoor man, a keen gardener, and enjoyed walking with his dog in the woods around Sandringham and over the marshes. He was a staunch churchgoer and had been both churchwarden and treasurer of the parochial church council in Ingoldisthorpe. The former rector of Ingoldisthorpe, Canon Roger Pott, came out of retirement especially to take the service. Mr Eric Bocking was the organist.

On moving to Ingoldisthorpe Reg used to commute from Dersingham station until the railway closed and he bought a car. He and Evie spent several pleasant years exploring the Norfolk countryside. They both played an active part in village life and were involved with church functions. In retirement Reg was able to devote a lot more time to his beloved garden.

Newspapers Articles etc

Obituary Report from Lynn News  View and print. 

Unflappable Reg Leaves after 49 Years  View and print. 

Reg's Hits Out At Presentation  View and print. 

Handing Over After 49 Years  View and print. 

Docks Magazine Articles etc

Reg at 63 - May/June 1970  View and print. 


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Edward Page Burton - Accountant - 9th July 1911 - 27th July 1978

On 27th July 1978 Edward Page Burton died suddenly whilst on holiday with his wife Mary in Great Yarmouth at the age of 67. Edward was born in King's Lynn ________ and lived at 6 Extons Place, King's Lynn - He married Mary and they set up home in Milton Avenue, King's Lynn before moving to West Winch. Edward's funeral was held at .............on ..........

Edward Burton started work at the Docks (Lynn Docks & Railway Company) on 30th June 1930 as secretary to the Docks Manager Mr Ivan J Thatcher. Edward did his RAF service from 1940 - 1944 and after the war when he returned he took up the position as Assistant Accountant and Assistant Secretary.

In June 1949 Edward was also made Accountant for the Lowestoft Docks. In 1965 The Docks opened it's own training College at King's Lynn (for training all staff at other ports), Edward took on the additional responsibility of being their Accountant.

He was the first Secretary of the Docks Social Club that was formed after the war, Edward became treasurer for the West Anglian Management Association and of the St John's Ambulance Association.

Edward finally retired from the Docks after almost 45 years service in 1974

Edwards wife Mary survived him and lived till 17th March 2014, she would have been 100 in August 2014. Mary died at Wyndham House, North Wootton and was a dear sister in law, aunt and great aunt. The funeral service for Mary was held at St Faith's Church, Gaywood on Wednesday 26th March 2014 followed by interment at Gayton Road Cemetery, King's Lynn. The funeral was conducted by Thornalley Funeral Services, Austin Street, King's Lynn, PE30 1QH.

Lynn News Photograph and report July 1974 - "Farewell to Docks Money Man" (Click to view)

Albert Christie

George Albert Christie - 1st May 1924 - 20th January 2015.

Albert (the name he used) started his career with the RAF in the Orkneys, spending four happy years in India. When demobbed he returned to Goole and married Barbara. For a while he worked on the Railways before joining the Docks 12th July 1948 (British Transport Commission).

Albert and Barbara moved to King's Lynn in the 1960s setting up home in Clenchwarton. Several years later they moved to South Wootton. After a very successful career at King's Lynn he retired as Traffic Superintendent on 4th October 1985 having completed 37 years with the docks (25 years at King's Lynn).

Albert and Barbara had many interests together, friends and visitors were always welcomed with open arms and together they enjoyed showing visitors around their lovely garden. Both enjoyed holidays in their caravan and travelling abroad. They had three holidays in Hong Kong, a place they loved to visit. Albert was a very keen and accomplished photographer and had many successes in national competitions, one photograph of Barbara with a glacier in the background won him 30,000 air-miles, this funded one of their Hong Kong holidays.

At one time Albert was a very keen member of The King's Lynn & District Camera Club, he was also a very keen cricketer and a super-fast bowler, he loved Snooker and Bridge and was a member of the King's Lynn Tuesday Bridge Club.

After losing Barbara on 10th January 2011 life did not seem the same for Albert, his health deteriorated and eventually he went into care at Two Acres, "Lily unit", 214 Fakenham Road, Taverham, Nr Norwich.

Albert died peacefully on the 20th January 2015 at Two Acres, Taverham, Albert was aged 90 years. Albert will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

The funeral service was held at Mintlyn Crematorium on Tuesday 10th February at 12.15pm. Flowers or donations if desired should go to Two Acres Care Home Amenity Fund, and can be sent c/o Thornalley Funeral Services, Austin Street, King's Lynn, PE30 1QH.

Last updated on 11th February 2015.


Jock Campbell.

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Frederick Campbell (Jock) - 30th June 1942 - 1st March 2015.

Jock started work at King's Lynn docks on 7th October 1968, as a PO general dutyman. Soon after he joined the docks (BTDB) he applied for the position of lorry driver, a job he enjoyed till his retirement in December 1990.

Jock sadly died suddenly at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Sunday 1st March 2015 age 72 years. He was formerly from Dundee. He was married to Bernice, and was father of Raymond and Donna, and grandad and great grandad of Cally, Stacey, James, Mia and Lily.

Funeral service was held on Wednesday 18th March 2015 at St. Faith Church, Gaywood, King's Lynn PE30 4DZ at 1:30pm, followed by committal at Gayton Road Cemetery. Family flowers only please, but donations if desired for the COPD Nurses, can be sent c/o R H Fayers & Son, 42/43 Railway Road, Kings Lynn, Norfolk. PE30 1NF - Telephone 01553 691641

One Photograph of his retirement presentation taken in December 1990. Other general photographs, some taken in the 1990's when engineers staff assisted with cargo handing as and when required. (post NDLB)

Click to view and print order of service for Frederick Campbell (Jock).

If any members of staff or family have any photographs that can be added please contact John Barrett.

Last updated on 17 October 2015.


Margaret Phyllis Bodger - 20th April 2015

Tragically on April 21th, 2015, MARGARET PHYLLIS, aged 80 years, of Kings Lynn. Beloved wife of Trevor (deceased). Much-loved mum of Susan, Martin and Christine. Dear mother-in-law of Malcolm and Mark. Loving nan of Nicola, Stephen, Andrew and Samantha. Great-nanny to Callum. Funeral service was held at St Faith's Church, Kings Lynn, on Thursday, May 7th at 2.30 p.m. followed by interment at Gayton Road Cemetery. Donations to be divided between Sue Ryder and Dementia UK, can be sent to A J Coggles, Funeral Directors, 1 Blackfriars Street, Kings Lynn.

Margaret worked for many years at the docks King's Lynn (ABP) as Canteen Manageress. She worked at the canteen until it was closed. Margaret was a really nice lady and was well liked by all the staff at the docks. In those days it was a busy place with many lorry drivers who regularly called in for meals or just a cup of tea.

Unfortunately we don't seem to have any photographs at hand, if any docks staff or family have any please contact John Barrett.

Gene C Goodge.

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Gene Charles Goodge. 9th February 1938 - 8th May 2015

Suddenly on the 8th May 2015 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gene aged 77 years of South Wootton. Much loved husband of Barbara. Loving dad of Graham and father in law of Judith. A dear grandad of Katy, Danielle and Emma and great grandad of Molly and Gracie. Will be sadly missed by Valerie, Amanda, Belinda, Mark, Charlotte and Jessica.

The funeral service was held at Mintlyn Crematorium on Wednesday 20th May at 10.45am. Family flowers only please, donations if desired to the East of England Ambulance Service, may be be sent c/o Thornalley Funeral Services, Austin Street, King's Lynn, PE30 1QH.

Gene was born in March on 9th February 1938. One day whilst in Hunstanton he met Barbara, and they married in 1961 and both happily enjoyed 54 years of marriage.

Gene did national service then worked for various King's Lynn timber companies starting at Stantons, then Bristow & Copley on the Bentinck dock, (who operated at the port of King's Lynn from 1904-88) and for 18 years at Pattrick & Thompsons Ltd (1985 to February 2003). On ending his career with them he regularly worked at the Port of King's Lynn, Associated British Ports (ABP) as a tally-man on the timber ships. Gene last worked for ABP on the docks on Friday 1st May 2015 (only one week before he died).

Click to view and print order of service for Gene Charles Goodge.

If any members of staff or family have any photographs that can be used on this page please contact John Barrett.

More details and further photographs to be added. - Last updated on 2 July 2015.


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