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Details of the Accident

Place Shrivenham
Date 10th May 1848, p.m.
Railway Company Great Western Railway
No. of Fatalities 6
Cause of Accident Collision
Description 12 o'clock express from Exeter ran into a cattle truck and horse box that had been pushed foul of the mainline by two porters so that they could use the turntable, despite the signal showing the express was due.

Sources/Further Reading

  • History of the Great Western Railway, Vol I 1833 - 1863 pp 343, E.T. MacDermott (revised by C.R. Clinker)
  • Morning Post, Saturday 20 May 1848
  • The Standard, Thursday 11 May 1848
  • The Times, 15 May 1848 p6
  • The Times, 20 May 1848 p6

List of Fatalities

The 6 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) or Statutory Register (Scotland) reference where this has been identified.

Surname First Names Age Occupation Residence Notes GRO/SR Reference
LEA Arthur Augustus , Died of injuries. Gained double 2nd degree 1848/Jun Swindon 8 261
MAHONEY Michael Manservant to John LEARY of Cork , 1848/Jun Faringdon 6 143
WILTSHIRE Edwin Manservant to General Sir Alexander Mackensie Bath, SOM Brother of Richard WILTSHIRE 1848/Jun Faringdon 6 143
PHILLIPS William Minister of Religion Chacewater, CON 1848/Jun Faringdon 6 143
SANDYS George William Minister of Religion Woolwich, KEN 1848/Jun Faringdon 6 143
BLAIR Frederick Charles Captain R.N. , Died of injuries eight days later. 1848/Jun Faringdon 6 143