C. J. Whitehead, D.C.M.

Relationship with the Hatfield and St Albans branch:

  • Stationmaster at St Albans (later St Albans London Road), 1920 – 1926.

Life Highlights:

  • Joined the Midland Railway in 1891 at Heeley, Sheffield.
  • Worked at Hampton station (1893).
  • Worked at Attercliffe station (1894).
  • Goods Clerk at Staveley station(1895-1900).
  • Worked on the Canadian Pacific Railway, in an area from Montreal to Vancouver.
  • Worked in Hong Kong.
  • Joined the Great Northern Railway at Daybrook.
  • Went to Derby and the North Stafford District (for 5 years).
  • On the outdoor representative staff at Birmingham, 1911.
  • Senior member of the Great Northern Railway contingent selected to go to France, 1915.
  • Sergeant-Major in the 21st Broad Gauge Operating Co. of the Royal Engineers.
  • Awarded the Croix de Guerre, 1916.
  • Awarded the D.C.M. for conspicuous gallantry at Ypres, 1917.
  • Awarded the Ordre Leopold II, with the rank of Chevalier, 1918, for work dealing with the despatch of refugees from the scene of operations.
  • Stationmaster at St Albans, 1920-26.

Homes included:

  • Station House, Great Northern Railway, St Albans, Hertfordshire.

Information gathered from:

  • The Roger Taylor archive (The Hertfordshire News).
  • Midland Railway employment records.

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