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 Post subject: Re: 1911 census
PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:53 am 
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By 1910, there were 41 trams, so there could have been around that number of motormen. I don't know how drivers were allocated to trams, but unless only about half were on service duty at any one time, I would have expected there to be more than 23 motormen, particularly if there was shift work. Good work McSporran for finding out as many as you have, though.

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 Post subject: Re: 1911 census
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I would imagine that there would have been at least double that. Not all the trams would have been in service at the same time as today with buses (servicing, repairs etc) and although shifts were longer and holidays less, each operating tram would have required at least two different motormen and two different conductors during a day.


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 Post subject: Re: 1911 census
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There are indeed more individuals who listed their occupation as simply "Motor man" (or at least it began with those two words):
CAVE, Arthur George; 1878; 33; Coventry
ELSEY, Thomas; 1891; 20; Coventry
FORMAN, Charles Edward; 1870; 41; Coventry
FOSTER, Hilda; 1895; 16 female; Coventry
HARRIS, Abraham; 1884; 27; Coventry
HARRIS, Charles William; 1883; 28; Coventry
HARRIS, Ernest John; 1869; 42; Coventry
HERBERT, Edwin; 1876; 35; Coventry
JARRARD, William Peplow; 1888; 23; Coventry
LOWE, William Alexander; 1883; 28; Coventry
MCGREGOR JUN, R; 1896; 15; Coventry
MEEKINGS, Arthur; 1885; 26; Coventry
PILKINGTON, George; 1861; 50; Coventry
POPPE, Peter August; 1871; 40; Coventry
RILEY, Herbert John; 1870; 41; Coventry
RILEY, William; 1852; 59; Coventry
ROSAMOND, Albert Charles; 1890; 21; Coventry
SHERWOOD, John; 1883; 28; Coventry
THOMPSON, Alfred John; 1881; 30; Coventry
WARD, Aleck; 1886; 25; Coventry
WARD, Alfred Thomas; 1877; 34; Coventry
WATTS, John; 1870; 41; Coventry
WEST, Enoch John; 1864; 47; Coventry
WILLIAMS, Thomas; 1883; 28; Coventry
WILLIAMSON, William; 1873; 38; Coventry


But I suspect these are not neccesarily all tramway related, as you will note Master McGregor aged just 15, and Miss Hilda Foster age 16, neither of whom are surely tram drivers. If you discount these two, there's an extra 23 names which would be about the right number.

If you have an interest in any of the individuals listed, you can get an image of the original census form in their own handwriting for a mere £6.95 from findmypast.co.uk

Hopefully this is the final list of names for this topic!


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 Post subject: Re: 1911 census
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Going back 70 years from the above, I found two people listed as omnibus drivers in the 1841 census. Both lived in Smithford Street and are shown on the same page of the census, and both were with their wives.

Joseph Thea, age 55, born in Warwickshire

William Cooper age 36, born outside Warwickshire

Obviously at this date an omnibus would be a horse drawn conveyance.
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