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Lorry driver George Hilyard Kitchener Atack is on the left of this picture which was taken in Woodlesford station yard on a sunny morning before the Second World War. Porter Jimmy Bushel is on the right but the identities of the two other men are unknown. George lived on Rufus Street in Hunslet and drove his wagon to the Rothwell district every morning delivering heavy goods which had arrived by freight train at the Hunslet Lane goods station. He then went to Woodlesford station to collect parcels and perishables for delivery before picking up consignments such as rhubarb which he took back to Hunslet Lane. George Atack's son, also called George, used to travel with his father on the lorry and he too became a railway driver based in Leeds. Jimmy Bushel was born in Pentney in Norfolk in 1884 and started work at Woodlesford before the First World War as a horse driver. In 1911 he was lodging at 48 Alma Hill. By 1915 he had been promoted to be a van goods checker when he married Eleanor Wilkinkson, the daughter of local carter and coal delivery man John Wilkinson. Jimmy and Eleanor lived at 26 Church Street where they brought up two children, John E. Bushel born in 1916 and Constance J. Bushel born in 1918. Jimmy died in 1960. The lorry which had solid rubber tyres was registered in Hertfordshire in about 1927 by the head office of the road motor department of the London Midland and Scottish Railway.