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Machine Youths

There was a Machine Youth/Lad post in Ashchurch in the early days. It was established on 5th March 1861, and there were five holders of the post, one twice, before the grade was changed to Parcels Porter in 1877. The post would seem to have had porter-type duties (Alfred Taylor identified himself in the census as a railway porter well before the grade was formally changed to porter), though the remuneration, at 6 to 10 shillings per week, was less than that of porters (16) and of the assistant porter (12-14). Two of the goods clerks and an assistant goods clerk in Ashchurch had been Machine Youths elsewhere before being posted to Ashchurch. The two whose next posts are known moved on to become porters elsewhere. One, J Clarke, was promoted to the post of Assistant Stationmaster in Ashchurch when it became vacant in 1865.

NameJoined fromPay incrementsNext posting
Drinkwater5/3/1861 (new appt)1862 
Clark J 3/5/64 1864 17/12/65 Ashchurch Asst stationmaster
Taylor A  1873 18/8/74 parcels porter Clay Cross
Stone R 19/8/731874,75 5/11/72 porter Kingsbury
Smith W G 5/10/751876,774/10/77 Ashchurch parcels porter
(post description changed)

Possible associations from the censuses:


This data has been researched and produced by Brian Harringman. Comments, additions, and especially corrections would be gratefully received.