Trib­utes to car­ing rail boss

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your - By ASHA ME­HTA

TRIB­UTES have been paid to re­spected city rail­way man­ager who made sure the trains ran on time for thou­sands of pas­sen­gers – in­clud­ing the Queen.

Charles Mil­ner - who was area man­ager at Peter­bor­ough sta­tion be­tween 1973 and 1983 - died on May 23 from prostate can­cer.

Mr Mil­ner (87), of Bain­ton, had sev­eral brushes with roy­alty in his ca­reer. Once, he found the Queen hud­dled by the coal fire in his of­fice wait­ing for a Royal train back to London. Prince Philip said the monarch was cold and asked if they could board an early train home.

Pay­ing trib­ute to his fa­ther, Philip Mil­ner said: “He was al­ways meet­ing the Queen. He must have met her half a dozen times, as they had the royal train in those days.”

He said his fa­ther was a kind, quiet man who loved his job and com­manded re­spect from his 600 staff.

Frank Ry­lott (77), from Bourne, worked with Mr Mil­ner as an area ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cer in Peter­bor­ough. He said: “He was the most car­ing man I have come across. Not ev­ery­one knew it but he helped a lot of peo­ple. He never for­got any­body and re­mem­bered names and faces.”

Mr Mil­ner was born in 1923 in Mid­dles­brough and be­gan his rail­way ca­reer as a clerk. When the Sec­ond World War broke out, he be­came a wire­less tele­graphist in the Navy, work­ing on tor­pedo boats which at­tacked en­emy con­voys and ran agents to Nor­way and France. He re­ceived a dis­tin­guished ser­vice medal for his ef­forts,

When war ended in 1945, Charles mar­ried Betty and worked as a sta­tion mas­ter across York­shire, be­fore ar­riv­ing in Peter­bor­ough in the 1970s.

Out­side work, he founded the Coastal Forces Vet­er­ans’ As­so­ci­a­tion and liked to tour the coun­try in a car­a­van with Betty. The cou­ple, mar­ried for 65 years, had two grand­sons, Ed­ward and An­drew and a great-grand­son Char­lie.

His fu­neral will take place to­mor­row at 2.30pm at Peter­bor­ough Cre­ma­to­rium. Do­na­tions can be made in lieu of flow­ers to Marie Curie Can­cer Care, the Rail­way Ben­e­fit Fund, Coastal Forces Her­itage Fund or Lincs and Notts Air Am­bu­lance.

CAR­ING: Charles Mil­ner.

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