A job for life and two World Wars

Samuel Trow worked for Royal Mail for 47 years – all his working life. He started in 1905, aged 13. In 1915 during the First World War, he enlisted with the Post Office Rifles and was captured as a prisoner of war.

In between the First and Second World War, he worked at various offices in Manchester and Salford. Then in the Second World War, he served in the postal Home Guard, before retiring in 1953 with a pension aged 60.

This telegram was sent to him on his retirement, it reads: ‘WE WISH YOU ALL THE BEST IN YOUR FUTURE RETIREMENT AND HOPE/ THAT YOU WILL REMAIN ROADWORTHY FOR MANY YEARS TO COME’. There are illustrations of bicycle parts above the message.