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Details of the Accident

Place Falmer, Sussex, England
Date Friday 6th June 1851, After 12.05 p.m.
Railway Company London, Brighton & South Coast Railway
No. of Fatalities 5
Cause of Accident Derailment
Description The 12.05 p.m. train from Brighton to Lewes struck a wooden sleeper on the track leading to the derailment.

Sources/Further Reading

  • Daily News, 10th June 1851 (Inquest report)
  • Daily News, 18th June 1851 (Inquest report)
  • The Manchester Guardian, 25th June 1851 (Letter to editor)
  • The Spectator, 7th June 1851

List of Fatalities

The 5 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
CHATFIELDMary73, Married1851/Jun Lewes 7 311
CHATFIELDSarah33, Unmarried1851/Jun Lewes 7 311
JACKSONSamuel28Train driver, Died of injuries.1851/Sep Brighton 7 229
LAWRENCE?,
N/KTrain fireman,