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Details of the Accident

Place Sowerby Bridge, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Date Saturday 18th September 1847, p.m.
Railway Company Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Company
No. of Fatalities 2
Cause of Accident Derailment
Description The last carriage of the 1 p.m. Manchester to Leeds train derailed whilst travelling over a broken rail and struck a bridge.

Sources/Further Reading

  • Halifax Courier, 30 December 2010
  • The Times, 18 Sep 1847 p6

List of Fatalities

The 2 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
GILLARDLouisSuperintendent of the Telegraph, 1847/Sep Halifax 22 191
WESTONWilliam RoperSurveyor-General of CustomsMarlborough Place, SRYMarried no children1847/Sep Halifax 22 191