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Details of the Accident

Place Salisbury
Date 1st July 1906, 2.40 a.m.
Railway Company London & South Western Railway
No. of Fatalities 28
Cause of Accident Excessive speed
Description A London and South Western train carrying Trans-Atlantic passengers from Plymouth to London, failed to slow on the curve at Salisbury Station and came off the track and hit a milk train coming in the other direction. Twenty-eight people died, including the driver. The obvious cause was excessive speeding, but with an experienced driver in charge, why wasn't the speed restriction observed?

Sources/Further Reading

  • Salisbury 1906, An Answer to the Enigma?, Norman Pattenden (The South Western Circle 2002)
  • Salisbury and Winchester Journal, 7th July 1906
  • The Cambrian, 6th July 1906
  • The Times, Monday 2nd July 1906

List of Fatalities

The 28 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
CHICK Sidney Charles 25 Train fireman , Goods train. Died of injuries at 1 p.m. the same day. 1906/Sep Salisbury 5a 99
COSSITT Frederick Henry 22 , On honeymoon. Died of injuries. 1906/Sep Salisbury 5a 99
GADD Arthur 28 Train guard , Boat train 1906/Sep Salisbury 5a 98
ROBINS William John 38 Train driver , Boat train 1906/Sep Salisbury 5a 98
GOEPPINGER Louis 55 , 1906/Sep Salisbury 5a 97
MACDONALD Johne 47 West 72nd Street, New York, NY 1906/Sep Salisbury 5a 97
THOMPSON William Henry 30 , 1906/Sep Salisbury 5a 97
MCMEEKIN Charles F. 50 New York, NY 1906/Sep Salisbury 5a 97
KOCH Walter Franklin 47 Clothier and haberdasher Allentown, PA Travelling with wife and daughter who survived. 1906/Sep Salisbury 5a 97
KELLER Jules 40 Music hall artiste , Had limited use of his legs but was famous as an acrobat (using his hands). 1906/Sep Salisbury 5a 87
SENTELL Charles Edward 39 Lawyer 16 Exchange, New York, NY One of five members of the family killed. 1906/Sep Salisbury 5a 99
SENTELL Gertrude Maude 29 , One of five members of the family killed. 1906/Sep Salisbury 5a 99
SENTELL Blanche Marian 26 , One of five members of the family killed. 1906/Sep Salisbury 5a 99
SENTELL Ellen Cecilia 64 , One of five members of the family killed. 1906/Sep Salisbury 5a 98
SENTELL Edward William 69 , One of five members of the family killed. 1906/Sep Salisbury 5a 99
KING Edward Ley 35 Minister of Religion Toronto, ON Rev. 1906/Sep Salisbury 5a 97
HOWIESON Mary F. 50 New York, NY Unmarried 1906/Sep Salisbury 5a 98
ELPHICK C. W. 50 New York, NY Married 1906/Sep Salisbury 5a 98
WAITE Lillian Hurd 50 New York, NY 1906/Sep Salisbury 5a 98
SMITH Gerard 24 , 1906/Sep Salisbury 5a 97
SMITH Eleanor 18 , Unmarried 1906/Sep Salisbury 5a 97
HITCHCOCK Frances 70 , 1906/Sep Salisbury 5a 98
SMITH W. W. , Married
BARWICK Walter 55 K. C., Toronto, ON 1906/Sep Salisbury 5a 97
PIPON Charles Ashworth 49 Toronto, ON 1906/Sep Salisbury 5a 97
CASSIER Louis 42 Bridgeport, CT Died of injuries. 1906/Sep Salisbury 5a 99
HARDING Dudley Pierpoint 30 Grove Road, Balham, SRY Died of injuries. 1906/Sep Salisbury 5a 99
CHENNEOUR George 37 Train guard Salisbury, WIL Milk train. Died of injuries 1906/Sep Salisbury 5a 98