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Jim Squires (Squires Bus Service) Nook Lane Barrow

Operated from South St. garage and various yards. 

After the First World War many ‘heroes’ returned home to a very different England: jobs were scarce while skills were high, this led many young men into setting up their own businesses, many in transport. Jim Squires was one of these.

In January 1922 he acquired a Daimler charabanc ‘NR 688’, The Red Rose and set about building up his transport business; by 1928 he had an established service between Sileby, Barrow, Quorn, and Loughborough. (A route that continues to this day as Kinchbus No 2. but now extended to Leicester and for many years operated by Howletts of Quorn).

The Birmingham and Midland Motor Omnibus (Midland Red) were a very large concern operating all over the Midlands and in 1935 they offered ‘terms’. Jim sold his service route licence and continued with the lorry business for some years.  


See below for a list of vehicles owned by Jim Squires 

Registration Make Seating Year New
NR 688 Daimler Y Type 26 Seater charabanc 1922
NT 6402 Daimler Y Type 32 Seater bus 1925
DN 8853 Garner CP 24 Seater bus 1926
UT 7320 Commer 18 Seater bus 1930
EH 4038 Crossley 20 Seater bus 1923
DB 3326 Crossley 20 Seater 1929
VA 9891 Diamler CF6 Hoyal Body 32 seater 1930
VA 9907 Diamler CF6 Hoyal Body 32 seater 1930
RR 9322 Lancia Pentiatiata Strachans & Brown body 26 seater 1925
RR 9223 Lancia Pentiatiata Strachans & Brown body 26 seater 1925

















Andrew Webster  08/02/2020


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