Jack Turner, our President, died on Thursday 27th December after a long illness

Jack Turner - Bedford Club President and Club Member No 1
seen here at the Branch’s 50th birthday celebrations,
with Mrs Turner and Charles Firminger.

Jack Allardice Turner 1932 – 2018

an Obituary by Bill Davies

It is under the shadow of loss that we remember our LCGB Club President Jack Turner, Member Number 1, from the formation of the club in Aylesbury for which he was responsible.

He kept up a full involvement with both club and branch until his unfortunate stroke in 2015 from which he never fully recovered. A recent fall at home meant he had to move to a care establishment where he peacefully passed away on December 27, 2018.

Since his retirement from the Railway he maintained a regular attendance at the Bedford Branch where we all were very proud to have such an esteemed member amongst us. In latter years his hearing aid played havoc with our radio mike but for all of that we enjoyed his company and support.

His railway career is published in his Autobiography entitled: “From Nationalisation to Privatisation, My Life on British Railways”, which is still available allowing us to enjoy his varied promotions whilst moving around the sharp end of railway operations.

Originally starting as a Goods Clerk he moved to the Footplate as a cleaner at Bletchley before becoming a fireman at the 'Wessie' shed at Aylesbury. He then progressed into signalling firstly on the Marston Vale line before taking on the Midland Main Line.

Relief Stationmaster came next, before a BR reorganisation moved him again, this time to the world of Motor Rail at Kensington Olympia where he was in charge of events. He swore that it was not him on duty when the cars got swapped over resulting in bewildered passengers arriving at Newhaven whilst their cars arrived at Dover and vice versa. His final posting was of Chief Operating Inspector at Euston.

By 1974, I was using the 06.20 Bedford to St Pancras quite a lot. So was Jack, who always sat in the rear power car, back to the engine where after a few words of greeting he slept and woe betide anyone who disturbed him.

It was around this time he was very much into car rallying becoming a marshal on rallies around the country. Thus after a night in the woods somewhere an hours sleep on a 127 DMU was very welcome. Such was his enthusiasm he obtained a Ford Capri - a far cry from his side valve Ford Anglia with vacuum wipers in which many a trip was enjoyed to industrial railway sites around the North with those wipers hardly able to cope on upward slopes but fine when momentum built up downhill. We all remember his prize possession of a pair of Jackie Stewart racing gloves and hat in which he drove from his delightful cottage at Hall End to Bedford Station.

Married to Pat who sadly predeceased him they lived for many years rurally bringing up their two children Jane and Peter before moving a couple of miles into a bungalow in Wootton near Bedford which was to be their retirement home.

During this time Pat and Jack worked tirelessly for Toc H working within the community to ease the burdens of others whilst bringing together disparate parts of Society. Through this Jack and Pat made many friends around the world.

After Pat died Jack eventually found the friendship of Doreen whose company he was enjoying in the Wirral when he had his Stroke which so disabled him despite the care she gave him. Unable to communicate easily his frustration was clear to see but a gathering of friends were able to join him on his 85th Birthday.

I enjoyed his support that he gave me freely when I became Chairman of the Bedford Branch which I very much valued and enjoyed.

He is a great loss to the Railway Fraternity and will be fondly remembered by both Railway Professionals and Enthusiasts alike.

Our thoughts at this sad time go to his daughter Jane, son Peter and their families.

                                                            Bill Davies
                                                            Fellow Railwayman and Chairman of the Bedford Branch LCGB

Some memories of Jack

Photos with thanks from the Brian Cross Selection except where indicated

Jack and LNWR “Coal Tank”1054 - Loughborough 2013

At Bedford Last Day before retirement. 12th March 1993

At Bedford Last Day before retirement. 12th March 1993

Branch 50th anniversary dinner at The Barns Bedford 2008. Jack proposes a toast

Jack with his wife Pat, receiving the Silver Swallow Award
from Dr John Prideaux director of Inter City
at the first Intercity Excellence Awards dinner
on board the “Silver Barracuda”
Monday 24th June 1991

Branch 50th anniversary dinner at The Barns Bedford 2008

Branch 50th anniversary dinner at The Barns Bedford 2008

Branch 50th anniversary dinner at The Barns Bedford 2008.

Branch 50th anniversary dinner at The Barns Bedford 2008

Portrait unknown date thought to be in the 1960's

Jack and Arthur Goldsmith, Bedford Branch Founder Member

Keeping his hand in at Dalston West signalbox 1974

Branch Anniversary Train - Nene Valley 1993

Left to right Standing back row
Jack Turner Founder of the Bedford branch & LCGB Club President

Charles Firminger LCGB vic- president.
Was a speaker at the Bedford Branch's inaugural meet-ing in 1958 & present at many of the Branches indoor & committee meetings in 1958/59.

The late Dennis Cadman Committee member 1982/83
Chris Fox Committee member 1980-1984

Front row Peter Butler Bedford Branch chairman 1975- 1979.
Bryan Cross. Still on Committee after 38 years.

Paul Watson Outside Fixtures Officer 1976-1979;
Treasurer 1981-1986.

Chris Jones (standing) Chairman 1983 - 1989 and just rejoined the Committee!

                  Photo David Eatwell

Temporary Signal panel in Willesden power box during ticket working. Jack is on right of Signalman Dent. October 1990.

With Driver Waller and Inspector Abbey locomotive 46601 at Cheddington with Aylesbury branch train. 1948

With visitor Mrs Gough - Euston Powerbox 1960s.

3 March 2009 Quiz - Jack Presents the ashes to Chris Foren. Photo Geoff Biggs

Over 65 years after forming the Club Jack, still active for the Bedford branch, on 11 March 2014, presents Best "Casual" Team Award to Capt Dave Britton at the Annual Quiz.          Photo Geoff Biggs

At Bedford Annual Branch dinner c1960. Hotel in Bedford. Could be The Swan