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Details of the Accident

Place Sutton Coldfield
Date 23rd January 1955,
Railway Company British Railways (London Midland Region)
No. of Fatalities 17
Cause of Accident Derailment
Description The 12.15 York to Bristol train was diverted due to engineering works. A driver familiar with the diversionary route was acting as conductor, but was unfamiliar with express trains. Train approached curve too fast and was derailed.

Sources/Further Reading

  • Yorkshire Post and Leeds Mercury, 25th January 1955

List of Fatalities

The 17 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
ALLEN Harold E. 54 Locomotive driver , Conductor driver 1955/Mar Sutton Coldf'd 9c 1332
HARRISON John A. 8 Stanley St, Bloxwich, STS Son of Margaret HARRISON nee LLOYD 1955/Mar Sutton Coldf'd 9c 1334
HARRISON Jean E. 5 Stanley St, Bloxwich, STS Daughter of Margaret HARRISON nee LLOYD 1955/Mar Sutton Coldf'd 9c 1334
LLOYD Dorothy C. 22 White House, Ledgemoor, HEF Sister of Margaret HARRISON 1955/Mar Birmingham 9c 423
HAW Adeline 58 Shorthand typist Park Grove, York, NRY Sister of George William HAW 1955/Mar Sutton Coldf'd 9c 1334
BLOUNT Edwin 48 , 1955/Mar Sutton Coldf'd 9c 1333
CLARKE Anthony J. 23 , 1955/Mar Sutton Coldf'd 9c 1333
CLEAVER Stanley J. 41 , 1955/Mar Sutton Coldf'd 9c 1333
CRETKOVIC (CVETKOVIC) Dusan 33 , 1955/Mar Sutton Coldf'd 9c 1333
HAMILTON Peter S. 43 , 1955/Mar Sutton Coldf'd 9c 1333
HOLDEN John 50 , 1955/Mar Sutton Coldf'd 9c 1334
HOWELL John T. A. 30 Railway fireman , 1955/Mar Sutton Coldf'd 9c 1334
LEE Lesliue J. 39 , 1955/Mar Sutton Coldf'd 9c 1335
HOWELLS William A. 58 , 1955/Mar Sutton Coldf'd 9c 1335
NEWTON Michael T. 21 , 1955/Mar Sutton Coldf'd 9c 1335
SHELDON Harry T. 46 , 1955/Mar Sutton Coldf'd 9c 1335
WILSON Catherine G. 48 , Married 1955/Mar Birmingham 9c 423