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Details of the Accident

Place Brettel Lane
Date Tuesday 24th August 1858, p.m.
Railway Company Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway
No. of Fatalities 14
Cause of Accident Collision
Description A packed excursion train was following another train 15 minutes apart, when some carriages of the first train broke away, rolling back down the incline towards the following excursion train. The guard applied the brake, but this was insufficient to stop the runaway which collided with the second train.

Sources/Further Reading

  • History of the Great Western Railway, Vol I 1833 - 1863 pp 274, E.T. MacDermott (revised by C.R. Clinker)
  • The Birmingham Daily Post, 15th September 1858
  • The Birmingham Daily Post, 17th September 1858
  • The Birmingham Daily Post, 1st September 1858
  • The Birmingham Daily Post, 25th August 1858
  • The Birmingham Daily Post, 26th August 1858
  • The Birmingham Daily Post, 27th August 1858
  • The Birmingham Daily Post, 2nd September 1858
  • The Birmingham Daily Post, 30th August 1858
  • The Birmingham Daily Post, 8th September 1858

List of Fatalities

The 14 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
BAKERJoseph37IronworkerPrince's End, Tipton, STSUnmarried1858/Dec Stourbridge 06C 121
CLARKESamuel21Bilston, STSDied of injuries 31st August 18581858/Dec Stourbridge 06C 121
HARLEYAnn53Dudley, STSWife of William, a tailor. Left young children.1858/Dec Stourbridge 06C 121
HILDRICKMary25Prince's End, Tipton, STSMarried to a sawyer.1858/Dec Stourbridge 06C 121
MARSHALLHenry56BoatmanWorcester, WOR1858/Dec Stourbridge 06C 121
MATTHEWSEdward35PuddlerCoseley, STS1858/Dec Stourbridge 06C 121
MILLSFrancis35Furnace man at Bloomfield Iron works., 1858/Dec Stourbridge 06C 120
MOORERichard20Prince's End, Tipton, STS1858/Dec Stourbridge 06C 121
PITTJoseph39Hay and straw dealer, 1858/Dec Stourbridge 06C 121
ROGERSSarah68Prince's End, Tipton, STSWidow1858/Dec Dudley 06C 23
SKELDONBenjamin52Baker and provisions dealerPrince's End, Tipton, STSHusband of Harriet, father of John (and William)1858/Dec Stourbridge 06C 120
SKELDONHarriet49Prince's End, Tipton, STSWife of Benjamin, mother of John (and William)1858/Dec Stourbridge 06C 120
SKELDONJohn17Prince's End, Tipton, STSSon of Benjamin and Harriet. Brother of William (survived). Died of injuries after amputation of both legs1858/Dec Stourbridge 06C 120
WESTONHenry30LabourerPrince's End, Tipton, STSUnmarried1858/Dec Stourbridge 06C 120