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The Vehicle Builders (348 Names)

The Vehicle Building Shop was made up of many different gangs.  The coaches entered the main workshops via the plumbing shed which was located at the far end of the works.  The gangs included,

On the line: Interior stripping, Body Stripping, C3's, Glazing, Body Repair, Door Cabs, Hanging, Fitting up Stepboard, Snagging.

 On the bench: Door Stripping, Door Repair, Door Fitting Up, Interior Door Repair and fitting up, Fred Wooley (moulding repairs) Fibreglass door repairs

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Picture taken outside Van Shop - all Vehicle Builders unless stated - Thanks to Dave Vaudin for photo!

From Left to Right - Paul Hatch - Randal D'Bell - Andy Osman - Roy Steel (Stand Steel) - Ian Caspall - Ian Legg (nick name Legatis goneatis againatis) Gary Kinch saw mill - Barry Searle forman - Paul ? vb - Paul Crawford - ? - Dave Keigthly - Gary Church (Chinner) - Stuart Vickers (welder) - Barry Savage  - Dave Vaudin (Dave the Dog) - Ray Joslin - Mick Neilson - Paul Hagans Labourer - Tony Collins (TC) - Allan Dade - John Flannagan - Peter Baker - Dave Lewis Tin Shop - John Cassar (Finisher) - Mick Bailey vb C/H - ? - Brian Thorn

 
Christian Name Surname V/B Gang Trade Images Notes
Roy (Ike) Abraham Door Hanging Body Maker   Sadly Passed away
Gordon Adams C3's Allied Trade    
Mark Adams        
David Alford       Sadly Passed away
Joe Alresford Cabs Body Maker    
Ken Angel   Body Maker    
Vic Ames        
Brian Bailey 2 Berth C/H Finisher    
Mick Bailey Van Shop C/H Body Maker    
Peter Baker   Vehicle Builder  
Mick Baker Interior Stripping Vehicle Builder    
Tony Baldry   Body Maker    
Jack Ball       Sadly Passed away
Brian Barfoot Door Fitting up Body Maker    
Mick Barfoot        
Neil Bartlett   Vehicle Builder   Started 1979 left works 2006
Trevor Batchelor   Body maker   Moved to York or Derby Works
Martin (Dinger) Bell   Vehicle Builder    
Dave Benham Door Gang Labourer    
Fred Benjamin Door Fitting up Body Maker    
Kev Bennett Body Repair Body Maker    
Len Bennett   Finisher   Sadly Passed away
Ashley Blackmann   Vehicle Builder    
Scott Blackman   Vehicle Builder    
Gary Birch Van Shop Allied Trade   working for Soton council as a carpenter since 2001 (15/10.2007)
Harold Bondsfield Stripping (N/S) Body Maker    
John Brewer        
George Bridle Interior Doors Finisher   Sadly Passed away
Steve Briscoe       worked in the asbestos house
Ricky Britt   Finisher   Started up own building business
Dave Broom Stripping Body Maker    
Paul Broughton        
Charlie Brown   Body Maker    
John Brown Body Repairs Body Maker    
George Brown Moulding Repairs Finisher   Shop Rep - Sadly Passed away
Brian Browning   Allied Trade    
Colin Browning   Unknown    
Derek Budd   Body Maker   Left apprenticeship to take up professional photography then worked as a film editor/camerman for Southern Television, maybe living in Kent
Nick Bull        
Richard Bundy   Body Maker or Wagon Maker   Training School 1960 - 61
Graham Butcher Fitting UP Finisher    
Jim Butcher       Played guitar in a band
Bill Carter        
Den Carter   Body Maker  
John Cassar       Sadly Passed away
Ian  Caspall   Vehicle Builder   Started in 1990 as apprentice Oct 07 working at Bournemouth Depot for SWT as Heavy Maintenance manager
Mick Chalk C3 Repairs Body Maker    
Don Chalk Door Hanging Body Maker   Sadly Passed away
Ron Chalk Door Repair Finisher    
Rex Chalk Stepboards Body Maker   Sadly Passed away
Peter Chalk C3 Repairs Body Maker    
Colin Chandler   Body Maker   Started May 1960 in training school. Apprentice Bodymaker, Progress Inspector1966, Work Study Aug 1967-73. Joined B.R. Civil Engineers, Wimbledon thereafter various technical positions within B.R. Railtrack & SWT. Retired April 2006
David Chapple        
Maurice Cherry Pickler Bodymaker   Sadly Passed away
Ralph Childs        
Gary Church (Chinner) Van Shop Vehicle Builder    
Den Churcher   Finisher    
Ted Churcher        
Ron Clements N/S C/H Body Maker    
Andy Cobb   Vehicle Builder    
Frank Collins (Shop Rep) Finisher    
Mick Collins   Vehicle Builder  
Tony Collins (TC) Van Shop Vehicle Builder    
Eddie Cook   Vehicle Builder    
Paul Cooper   Vehicle Builders    
Ian Cornford        
Eric Cousins   Wagon Maker    
Sid Cox       Sadly Passed away
Paul Crawford Van Shop Allied Trade    
Alan Creecy Door Hanging Body Maker The Oldest Apprentice in the Works!!!
Bill Cripps   Foreman   Sadly Passed away
Steve Cullum Door Hanging Body Maker    
Fred Curly   Vehicle Builder    
John Cutler Door Hanging Labourer    
Alan Dade Van Shop      
Eric Damen Cab Gang Charghand      
Dave Davies   Body Maker    
Randall D'Bell   Vehicle Builder   Started as apprentice in 1990 Oct 07 working at Salisbury depot for SWT
Ray Davis   Body Maker    
Peter Dawkins Fibre Glass Doors Allied Trade    
Roy (Slim) Dawkins Body Repair Body Maker   Shop Rep for T&G
Peter Dawkins Cabs Body maker    
Adrian Dean   Vehicle Builder Sadly passed away
John Dear Body Repairs Body Maker    
Gary Dooler       working for Soton council as a carpenter since 2001 (15/10.2007)
George Donawa Door Fitting Up Body Maker    
Mick Dowling   Allied Trade    
Francis Downs   Vehicle Builder    
Bill Draper   Body Maker or Finisher Also worked in Progress
Ron Draper Fitting Up Finisher    
Percy Duffin       Sadly Passed away
Maurice Dukes Foreman Finisher  
Paul Dunwell   Vehicle Builder   Started in 1990 as apprentice
Dennis Eades   Vehicle Builder    
Paul Eades   Vehicle Builder    
Robert Edmunds   Vehicle Builder   Started in 1990 as apprentice
Gordon Effamy        
Norman Effamy        
Joe Evans        
Phil Farmer Body Maker C/H   Sadly Passed away
Danny Farrant   Vehicle Builder   Started in 1990 as apprentice
Don Fisher   Finisher    
Ray Fisher   Body Maker    
John Flannagan Van Shop      
John Fletcher        
Fred Flint Door Repairs Body Maker    
Gordon Flynn   Finisher    
Stan Foster Stripping Body Maker    
Rick Foster   Vehicle Builder    
Alec Foster Door Hanging Vehicle Builder    
Paul Foster   Vehicle Builder    
Neil Fox   Vehicle Builder   Started in 1990 as apprentice
Terry Fox       Sadly Passed away
Derek Foulds Door Fitting up Body Maker    
Len Freemantle   Unknown   Sadly Passed away
Bill Furness Finisher   Bill Furness  Worked in the finishing department in the Carriage works from 1955 to 1960 
Brian Garney Foreman Body Maker   Sadly Passed away
Pat Garwood Stripping Finisher   Sadly Passed away
M Goodchild   Vehicle Builders    
Dean Goodenough Fitting Up Vehicle Builder    
Brian Gorry   Unknown    
Jim Gowans       Sadly Passed away
Kevin Grace   Vehicle Builder    
Richard Grace   Vehicle Builder   Door Gang - reckons he had been there long enough - thanks for the laughs we had - and how could I have forgotten you - sorry mate!
Jerry Grace Fitting Up Finisher    
Tony Gray Night Shift Allied Trade  
Margret Green Polishers Polisher    
Len Green       Sadly Passed away
David Greenstock        
Kelvin Griffiths Stripping Body Maker    
Paul Hagans   Labourer    
Charlie Haines Glazing Body Maker    
Dave Hales C3's Body Maker    
Dave Hamilton Door Stripping Body Maker Sadly passed away
Ron Hanaghan C3 Repairs Allied Tarde  
Charlie Haines       Sadly Passed away
John Hand Interior Doors Allied Trade    
Dave Handley Door Hanging Body Maker    
Dave Hart Fitting Up Finisher    
Gerry Hart       working for Soton council as a carpenter since 2001 (15/10.2007)
Jeff Harvey   Body Maker    
Roger Harvey   Finisher   Training School 1960 - 61
Paul Hatch Van Shop Vehical Builder    
Ron Hawkes Stripping (N/S) Body Maker   Sadly Passed away
Robin Henbest Door Fitting up Vehicle Builder  
Steve Hibberd   Vehicle Builder    
Stan Hickman   Vehicle Builder    
Les Hill       Sadly Passed away
Fred Hollingdale Body Repair Unknown   Sadly Passed away
Alf Hunt Door Fit Up C/H     Sadly Passed away
Gary Kinch        
Chris Hooper   Labourer    
Michael Horan        
Ron Horspool Door Repairs Body Maker  
Eric Humby   Vehicle Builder    
Alan Hunt        
Graham Hunt Foreman Body Maker    
Gary Hutchings Stripping Vehicle Builder  
Graham Hutchings Body Repair Body Maker    
Phil Jackson   Allied Trade  
Neil Jarret Stripping Body Maker    
Gordon Jefferies Door Repairs Allied Trade    
Steve Jenkins   Vehicle Builder  
Sid Jenman       Sadly Passed away
Roger Johns        
Dave Jones Door Hanging Vehicle Builder    
Ray Joslin Van Shop Vehicle Builder    
Bill Judd       Sadly Passed away
Bob Keats Labourer Labourer    
John Keens Chargehand Finisher    
Dave Keigthly        
Tony Kilmartin Foreman Unknown    
Richard King Door Hanging Vehicle Builder  
Fred King Glazing Body Maker    
Ron Krangol Foreman Finisher    
Bill Laishley Stripping Finisher    
Bill Laishley Interior Stripping Finnisher    
Martin Laker Door Hanging Body Maker    
Mick Lane   Vehicle Builder  
Tim Langrish   Vehicle Builder    
Phil Laws       Inspection
Wally Lebbern Door Fitting Up Body maker    
Ian  Legg Van Shop Vehicle Builder   Worked as Foreman
Bing Lewis Door Hanging Body Maker    
Paul Lisher Door Staging Vehicle Builder  also worked in Asbestos House
Harry Longman Snagging BodyMaker    
Peter Luffman        
Andy Lumsden   Vehicle Builder Went to work for Thornycrofts in Portsmouth
Nigel Lush   Vehicle Builder    
Fred Mansfield Cabs Body Maker    
John Marks   Labourer    
Trevor Marks        
Eddie Marshall        
Ray Marshall   BodyMaker    
Peter (Pincher) Martin Door Fitting Up Body Maker   Sadly Passed away
Steve Martin Clerical V/B Office    
Roger Mattingly   Body Maker    
Gordon McDonald        
Shaun Mcgee   Vehicle Builder    
Dudley McGill C3 Repairs Body Maker    
Fred McGill Door Hanging Body Maker    
Wayne McGill   Vehicle Builder    
John MacIntyre Snagging BodyMaker    
Colin Mead   Vehicle Builder  
Stuart Mercer Door Repair Bodymaker    
Alan Mew Door Hanging Vehicle Builder  
Barry Mew   Vehicle Builder    
Paul (Uncle) Mew Door Repair Allied Trade  
Alan Mitchell Door Hanging Vehicle Builder   Sadly Passed away
Pat Mitchell       Sadly Passed away
Denis Monid Door Hanging Vehicle Builder    
Bob Moore Fitting Up Finisher    
Steve Moore Door Fitting up Vehicle Builder    
Greg Murray   Vehicle Builder    
Ian Negus Fitting Up      
Mick Neilson Van Shop      
Steve Newell Door Hanging Vehicle Builder   Sadly Passed away
John Newman Asbestos House Vehicle Builder  
Colin Nicholas       Work in V/B's form 1984 until made redundant in 2002
Fred Noble   Labourer    
Ralph Norris Door Hanging Body Maker   Sadly Passed away
Ken North Fitting Up C/H Finisher   Sadly Passed away
Dave O'Neil   Finisher    
Derek Orchard   Vehicle Builder    
John Osborn        
Andrew Osman   Vehicle Builder    
Derek Oxenham Door Fit Up Body Maker   Sadly Passed away
Sid Packard   Body Maker   Sid was originally a Bodymaker and then in the carriage progress dept until retirement -Sadly Passed away
Terry Paine   Vehicle Builder   Went on to play for Southampton Football Club (Saints) & England
Adrian Palmer Door Hanging Vehicle Builder    
Mike Parker   Vehicle Builder   started in 1990 as apprentice Oct 07 - driving Instructor
Colin Parsons   Body Maker    
Alan Parsons   Vehicle Builder    
Bruce Payne Fitting Up (C/H) Finisher    
Vic Payne       Sadly passed away in Road Traffic Accident in Titchfield on the way to work Training School 1960 -61)
John Pearce Door Repair C/H Finisher    
Alan Peart   Vehicle Builder    
John Pennicott   Body Maker    
John Penny Cabs Vehicle Builder    
Pete Pettyfer Glazing Bodymaker    
Den Pilchar   Vehicle Builder    
John Ponsonby   Body Maker    
Eric Pothary   Vehicle Builder    
Colin Potter Cabs Vehicle Builder    
Martyn Primmer   Vehicle Builder    
Bill Prior Door Hanging Body Maker    
Mick Ramsay Door Hanging Body Maker    
Sid Robinson       Sadly Passed away
Brian  Rangecroft        
Barry Rawlings        
Chris Razzel   Clerk    
John Ranger        
Roy Read        
Graham Redfern Foreman Body Maker    
Stuart Redffern   Vehicle Builder    
John P Rhone   Finisher    
John Ridoutt        
George Robinson   Finisher    
Ernie Rosendale Fitting up Finisher    
Malcolm Rummy   Body Maker    
Gary Ryan   Vehicle Builder   Started in 1990 as apprentice
Dave Salisbury   Body Maker   Sadly Passed away
Barry Savage Van Shop      
Barry Searle       Foreman - Sadly Passed away
Gordon Sennet Sawmill Finisher    
Frank Shawyer       Sadly Passed away
Bill Sibley Fitting Up Finisher    
George Simms       Sadly Passed away
Mick Sibley   Vehicle Builder    
Jeremy Small   Vehicle Builder    
Paul Smith Door Hanging Vehicle Builder    
Sid Smith Glazing Body Maker   Sadly Passed away
Kevin (Gnome) Smythe   Allied Trade    
Stuart Snellgrove   Vehicle Builder    
Bob Snow   Vehicle Builder  
Roy Snow Door Fitting up C/H Finisher    
Bob Solman Vanshop Wagon Maker   Sadly Passed away
Malcolm Spicer Cabs Body Maker    
Kevin Spratt Body Repair Body Maker    
Gavin Springer        

Ray

Springer       Sadly Passed away
Eric Stallard   Body Maker    
Terry Stanton Interior Stripping Finisher    
Albert Strand       Sadly Passed away
Bill Steel Fibre Glass Doors Body maker   Sadly Passed away
Roy Steel Door Stripping Body Maker   (known as STAND STEEL)
Bill Steele C3 Repairs Body Maker    
Burt Stevens Fibre Glass Doors Unknown    
Jim Stewart        
Don Stickland       Sadly Passed away
Ray Stickles Fitting Up Finisher   Sadly Passed away
Len Stoakes Interior Door Rep Finisher    
Peter Stocker Cabs Body Maker    
Bill Stockwell C3's Body Maker   Sadly Passed away
Ollie Stockwell Van Shop Body Maker   Sadly Passed away
Pete Stockwell   Vehicle Builder    
Peter Stokes   Finisher   Training School 1960 - 61
Dave Stone Fitting up Vehicle Builder    
Jack Street Chargehand Unknown   Sadly Passed away
Les Sutton Cabs Body Maker    
Trevor Swift   Vehicle Builder    
Bert Swinherd   Finisher    
Ray Swinherd   Labourer's Chargehand  
Den Symes        
Steve Tanner   Vehicle Builder    
Brian Thorne Van Shop      
Ken Thorne Fitting Up (C/H) Finisher   Sadly Passed away
Percy Thorne C3's Body Maker    
Trevor Thorne Cabs Vehicle Builder    
Dave Thorne Door Fitting up Vehicle Builder    
Mick Thurston Door Hanging Vehicle Builder   left in September '85 and worked for BA for nearly 18 years followed by stints at Airbus UK and as an independent engineering consultant around the world. I currently reside in Jersey and France and act as consultant for The States of Jersey Environment Agency working on sustainable business models - not bad for a "Rock Ape".
Frank Tidey       Sadly Passed away
Gary Toas Door Hanging Vehicle Builder    
Robin Truslove Door Repair Vehicle Builder    
Stan Tucknott       Sadly Passed away
Mick Tyldesley   Vehicle Builder Came from "UP NORTH" c/h door hanging - V/B Foreman
Dave Vaudin Van Shop      
Reg Vince       Sadly Passed away
Stewart Waghorn Door Hanging Vehicle Builder   started apprenticeship in 1985 worked nights, left Eastleigh March 2006, now has own business servicing and repairing
caravans and motorhomes.
Bob Walker       Sadly Passed away
Jim Walters   Body Maker    
Trevor Ward Door Hanging Vehicle Builder I did go on to finish the beetle I built on the door stage and although it has a new owner it STILL competes and wins shows!  I have since restored a 1964 Buick and it also won some silverware!  I am presently after a late model American car as a daily driver. I have, as I said, a lot more creaky bits now but I still run and cycle and am still the same waist size as 20 years ago!!
Keith Warland   Body Maker    
Ken Warren       Sadly Passed away
Tony Warren   Vehicle Builder  
John Watson       Sadly Passed away
Bill Weedy       Sadly Passed away
Derek Wells       Sadly Passed away
Arthur West Fitting Up (C/H) Finisher    
John White       Sadly Passed away
Stan White Interior Doors Allied Trade    
Eric White Door Hanging Body Maker    
Maurice White       Sadly Passed away
John Whitmore   Vehicle Builder    
Steve Whitton Marking Out Allied Trade    
Peter Whitton       Sadly Passed away
Paul Wickings   Vehicle Builder    
Ted Wilkins        
Eric Williams Foreman Finisher    
Keith Willis        
Ken Winters Foreman Unknown   Sadly Passed away
George Winters       Sadly Passed away
Bill Wormall Foreman Unknown    
Ron Wrankmore C3 Repairs Body Maker   Sadly Passed away
Dale Yarney   Vehicle Builder    
Bob Young Foreman Body Maker    
Mick Young   Pattern maker   Training School 1960 - 61
Ted Young