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Samuel Walder (Sam) was born in 1870 at Tower Hill, Horsham and was the eldest son of Samuel and Caroline.

He attended Colliers School in the town paying 1/2 d a week and he left on his eleventh birthday.

In July 1888 he followed his father and started work for the London Brighton and South Coast Railway (LBSCR) as a porter at Havant Station. Promotion to guard came in 1899 and he worked on the Havant to Hayling Island branch line for the next 35 years.

Of a jovial appearance, he is reputed to have inspired the "Sunny South Sam" poster campaign of the Southern Railway in the 1920s.

During WW2 aged 70, he came out of retirement to work as a lighting attendant on the Portsmouth to London trains.

He married Emily Cripps from Horsham in 1902 and they lived on Hayling Island. Seven years later in 1909, they moved to 7 Lymbourne Cottages, Havant from where Sam died in 1950. He and Emily are buried in Havant Cemetery.
  Samuel Walder  
Sam in the uniform of an LBSCR guard, circa 1900-1910
  Samuel Walder family Samuel and Emily Walder Samuel Walder  
Sam and Emily with son Victor Samuel and daughter Edith Gladys, circa 1920 Sam and Emily Sam on his way to work in Southern Railway uniform, circa 1930
  South Hayling Station postcard Langstone Bridge Mount Pleasant Horsham  
A postcard of South Hayling Station (1/2d stamp so probably turn of the century) Langstone Bridge on the Havant to Hayling line taken just before the line closed in 1963. The train was affectionately known as the "Hayling Billy" Mount Pleasant, Tower Hill, Horsham, where Sam lived as a child.

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With acknowledgement and thanks to Roger Nash for the commentary and pictures. Roger is a grandson of Sam.
Samuel Walder b. 1870 Horsham m. 1902 -Dec Qtr Horsham 2b 723 d. 1950 Havant
Emily Cripps
    Samuel 1844 James 1817 Samuel 1795 John 1771 Elizabeth

Victor Samuel b. 3 Apr 1907
Edith Gladys b. 16 Dec 1915
Census: 1871 1881 1891 1901


1871 Census -Horsham 1871186
Address Name Rel. Con Age Profession Where Born
Crawley Road Samuel Walder Head M 26 Railway Signalman Cuckfield Sussex
Caroline Walder Wife M 30 Shermanbury Sussex
Clara Walder [Weller] Dau U 8 Scholar Woodmancote Sussex
Annie Maria Dau U 4 Horsham Sussex
Samuel Walder Son U 1 Horsham Sussex


1881 Census -Horsham 1881209
Address Name Rel. Con Age Profession Where Born
Tower Hill Samuel Walder Head M 37 Railway Signalman Cuckfield Sussex
Caroline Walder Wife M 40 Shermanbury Sussex
Samuel Walder Son 11 Scholar Horsham Sussex
Frank Walder Son 9 Scholar Horsham Sussex
Arthur Walder Son 6 Horsham Sussex
Sidney Walder Son 4 Horsham Sussex
Emily Walder Dau 1 Horsham Sussex


1891 Census -Havant Hants. 1891203
Address Name Rel. Con Age Profession Where Born
5 Waterloo Road
Simmons Family -Railway Porter
Samuel Walder Boarder U 21 Ticket Collector Horsham Sussex


1901 Census -South Hayling Hants. 1901132
Address Name Rel. Con Age Profession Where Born
Berkeley Cottage Samuel Walder Lodger U 31 Railway Guard Horsham Sussex