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Details of the Accident

Place Radstock (Foxcote)
Date 7th August 1876, just after midnight
Railway Company Somerset & Dorset Joint Committee (LSW/Mid) Railway
No. of Fatalities 15
Cause of Accident Head-on collision of two trains on single line.
Description A combination of extra workings not in the working timetable, insufficient communication and poorly trained, inexperienced staff led to two trains to be set on a collision course on a heavily used single line. The victims included an 8 week old baby, his mother and 4 others, all residents of the Radstock area.

Sources/Further Reading

  • A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain (West Country), D. St. J. Thomas (1960)
  • Red for Danger, L.T.C. Rolt (Sutton Publishing)
  • The Bath Chronicle, 10th August 1876 (and the following five editions)
  • The Somerset & Dorset Railway, D. S. Barrie and C. R. Clinker (1948)
  • The Somerset Guardian, ?? 1862

List of Fatalities

11 of the 15 fatalities that have been identifed so far are listed in the table below together with brief notes on any other information found

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
CHIVERS Anna Maria 38 Radstock, SOM Sister in law of George TUCKER, married to a watchmaker. 1876/Sep Bath 5c 387 (listed as "female")
GODFREY Louisa Radstock, SOM Wife of William GODFREY
GODFREY William 30 "Boots" at the Bell Hotel. Radstock, SOM Husband of Louisa GODFREY 1876/Sep Bath 5c 387
GOULDING Louisa 28 Radstock, SOM Married 1876/Sep Bath 5c 387
GOULDING William Charles 23 Cellerman Radstock, SOM 1876/Sep Bath 5c 387
SAUNDERS George 27 Cellerman Radstock, SOM 1876/Sep Bath 5c 387
SAUNDERS Sarah Ann 28 , Married 1876/Sep Bath 5c 387
WHITE James 40 Waiter at the Waldegrave Arms, Radstock Radstock, SOM 1876/Sep Bath 5c 387
KIDD 40 , 1876/Sep Bath 5c 387 (shown as "female")
WILLS Thomas Godfrey 37 Railway guard , Guard of the special train.
N/K Railway guard , Guard of the train from Bath