LNER Railway Policeman A J T Tilley

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Liz
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LNER Railway Policeman A J T Tilley

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Hello, thanks for letting me join in. My grandfather, Albert John Thomas Tilley, was a uniformed 'railway policeman' for LNER after WW1. I can't find any references anywhere on the internet to such a job, can you advise if it is possible to search any LNER records to find out more about his employment? Thanks for any help offered.
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Hello Liz,

Yes 'railway policeman' was a proper job and in the very early days they were responsible for the signalling of train movements. Nowadays there is still the British Transport Police.

It would be helpful if you knew which railway company he joined, as that would make searching more straightforward. If not, his location at the time might be a clue. Copies of any records tend to be held by the individual company societies.

The LNER was not formed until 1 January 1923 (happy centenary yesterday) and the staffing changes were generally reported in the company magazines, the GER for the Southern Area including the Great Central and Great Northern, the NER for the North Eastern Area, and for a shorter while the North British for Scotland. They finally combined in 1927.
john coffin
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The National Records office at Kew should be your first port of call, they have many employee records for the various
railway companies. You can check on line, particularly if you have some dates in your family records.

Also It is worth asking the BTP if they can give you any idea of where their records are kept, or whether they too
might be at Kew.

HTH
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Liz
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65447 wrote: Mon Jan 02, 2023 4:24 pm Hello Liz,

Yes 'railway policeman' was a proper job and in the very early days they were responsible for the signalling of train movements. Nowadays there is still the British Transport Police.

It would be helpful if you knew which railway company he joined, as that would make searching more straightforward. If not, his location at the time might be a clue. Copies of any records tend to be held by the individual company societies.

The LNER was not formed until 1 January 1923 (happy centenary yesterday) and the staffing changes were generally reported in the company magazines, the GER for the Southern Area including the Great Central and Great Northern, the NER for the North Eastern Area, and for a shorter while the North British for Scotland. They finally combined in 1927.
Thanks for your reply, it is helpful. Albert was working for the Great Northern in 1921, and lived in Bradford, Yorkshire. Is there a society for the GNR?
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There's a BTP history group, which deals with the development of this force among much else.
https://www.btphg.org.uk/
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Liz wrote: Tue Jan 03, 2023 8:58 am
Thanks for your reply, it is helpful. Albert was working for the Great Northern in 1921, and lived in Bradford, Yorkshire. Is there a society for the GNR?
You are very welcome. The GNR Society exists, has its own website and this is the page for genealogy enquiries: https://www.gnrsociety.com/home-page/th ... genealogy/

Good luck in your research.
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