1877 - manchester evening news Ashmore Colliery

Wednesfield Tragic Accident – Locomotive Driver Kills Step Son!

I am indebted to Jackie Harrison one of my constituents in Wednesfield North who sends me the most interesting of history snippets about our Wednesfield!

Now would you believe this very sad, but ironic piece of information which was published in the Manchester Evening News on 17th September 1877.

A Locomotive working on the Wednesfield coal fields struck and killed a young man. The accident resulted in young Alfred Griffiths, he was a cleaner in the Locomotive Department at Ashmore Colliery,  losing his life. Alfred had the misfortune of tripping  on some points, then being  struck by the Locomotive….

Now here is the tragic bit, the Locomotive was being driven by his Step-Father….now that would have caused some pain in the family…Plus in this day and age there would have been much soul searching about the bad luck, or was it engine driver incompetence?

It turns out that the Locomotive driver had run up one or two of these incidents previously, because the Manchester Evening News declared, that this was “the third person killed by this driver!”

I think Jackie must be tasked to find out the name of the driver so we can complete this news article! What do you think!

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Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more

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