On the Buses and in Woolworths

My uncle, Jack Bailey, is the conductor shown in this photograph. He was born in 1905 and worked, ”on the buses” from aged 14, when he started as a tram conductor, until his retirement as a bus inspector, as did his older brother Frank and younger brother Billy.

Supervisors from Woolworths in Stockton. My mum, Eileen Southall (nee Bailey) is the lady on the right. This would have been taken in the early 1950s in the Parish Gardens. The ladies’ very smart uniforms were made by my grandmother Lillie Bailey.

Photographs and details courtesy of Jan Hemblade.

10 thoughts on “On the Buses and in Woolworths

  1. Great photos with lots of history, both the buses and Woolworths (good old Woolies)… I still have stuff I bought from them… my local branch (Billingham) I bought a ‘family pear tree, which was 3 types of pear grafted onto one rootstock, ideal for small gardens… but it outgrew mine, so I offered to a friend with an allotment. She and her partner dug it up, and now have it on their allotment, very er – excuse the pun, very fruitful! Woolies was the first of a big chain to suffer possibly due to online orders.


  2. My uncle Reg Dick worked as a bus driver for the Corporation of Stockton after he returned from a prisoner of war camp in Germany 1939/40. He lived at 1A David Street in Stockton. I was born in 1939 and remember getting on his bus in Billingham. I don’t know when he retired.


  3. The bus is Stockton Corporation No.6, it was newin 1920 when the system was taken over from Imperial Tramways. It is J5931, an AEC YD model witth a lody built by Hora. It was soldto an opertor in Hutton Rudby in 1930


  4. That Photo and explanation set the bells ringing in my memory. I went to the Richard hind School in 1941 and my best Pal was Peter Bailey who’s Father was an inspector on the buses. They lived in either St Peters Road or Camden Street as I went to the house when Mrs Bailey sometimes gave us meals when the Potato’s were scarce and the School meals were boiled rice which neither of us liked.
    Sadly Peter an only Son died, it was a sad time for me.
    He would have been my age now 91 had he lived, I never forgot Peter.
    I wonder is that the same family and would you remember Peter.

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    • Yes, Peter was Jack and May Bailey’s only child and died of a brain tumour during the war at age 17. I wasn’t born until 57, so didn’t know him but it’s lovely to know he is still remembered.


    • Yes Frank, this is Peter’s dad, my grandad’s brother. I don’t remember Peter although he was often talked about. He died of a brain tumour at the end of the war and yes, he was an only child.


      • Jan, the Richard hind School playing field was Ropner Park, on sports day we would have football or cricket matches on the big green behind the bowling green rain hail or shine. On a very wet day we were playing football when Peter got hit on the head with the ball, in those days a heavy leather outer and a blow up inner soaking wet it was like kicking concrete. It knocked Peter down and I remember he was dazed.
        From that time he got head aches then he would be absent from school I think it would be around 1944 he died. Children did not attend funerals then so it was just an announcement and Prayer during assembly, in a time when we had lost friends during the Air Raids we became blaz’e about that but I always remembered Peter.
        Many Boys I knew from school are now gone all good friends and so many from that school did well in life including me, what would Peter have become I wonder.


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