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Details of the Accident

Place Brentwood Incline
Date Wednesday 19th August 1840, 7 p.m.
Railway Company Eastern Counties Railway
No. of Fatalities 4
Cause of Accident Excessive speed
Description Train was alleged to be travelling at excessive speed and riding rough when it left the rails.

Sources/Further Reading

  • The Times, 21 August 1840
  • The Times, 22 August 1840

List of Fatalities

The 4 fatalities are listed in the table below together with brief notes of any other information found so far.

The last column shows the General Register Office (England and Wales), Statutory Register (Scotland), General Register Northern Ireland or Civil Registration for Ireland reference where this has been identified.

Surname First Names Age Occupation Residence Notes GRO/SR/GRONI/GROIE Reference
AUSTINWilliamLocomotive fireman, Fireman of the engine. (not certain he is the correct victim)1840/Sep Billericay12 2
EASTMANJohnLabourer on the Eastern Counties Railway, 1840/Sep Billericay12 2
EBSWORTHGeorge RichardOptician in Fleet Street, Died of injuries.1840/Sep Billericay12 2
FORSTERGeorge22Locomotive driver, Driver of the train. Brother of William. Died of injuries.1840/Sep Billericay12 2