In the Second World War many places of work had their own detachment of the Home Guard and Stockton Railway Sheds were one of them. My grandfather Thomas Wybert Birtle spent most of his working life at the Stockton Sheds and he was made sergeant for their section. He’d served in the Great War finishing up at as a sergeant in the HLI (Highland Light Infantry) so they were making good use of his experience.
During the war years he was permanent nights running foreman which from all accounts was a demanding role.
Photograph and details courtesy of Martin Birtle.