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« on: January 22, 2017, 13:08:39 PM »

Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser - Friday 12 March 1909

FATAL TRAIN SMASH. KING'S SPECIAL TURNED BACK.
An extraordinary collision occurred on the South-Eastern and Chatham Railway a little north of Tonbridge Junction Station. Two down trains, one a Continental mail, collided on some cross-cover points, and rushed on for many yards locked together, ploughing up the permanent way and wrecking each other's carriages. Two railwaymen were killed, and eleven postal officials in the mail train were injured, none seriously.

The Royal train, in which the King was travelling to Dover, en route for Biarritz, which was due 40 minutes later over the same rails as the express, had to be turned back and diverted to another route; while an express from Dover and Margate was luckily pulled up within a short distance of the spot.

Just before leaving Tonbridge Junction the Redhill and Sevenoaks lines converge and run together into the station. The accident occurred near the signal-box, the Redhill train, it is stated, running the signals just as the down mail came past. The two trains collided in a glancing direction, ran side by side, bumping into each other for some distance past the signal-box. The mail driver, A. Stevenson, and his fireman, Burgerry, kept to their posts, and escaped with a severe shaking. Moore, the driver of the ordinary train, who lives at Dover, also stood by his post.

The express from Margate was slowing down as it entered the station, and the station-master waved his arms frantically; another man jumped on to the permanent way and signalled; and a ticket-collector threw his cap at the driver of the train as it passed to attract his attention. The driver immediately pulled up.

The names of the two railway servants killed are: Locomotive-Inspector R. L. Rownley, Ashford, and Fireman Henry Howard, Dover. The injured officials included Charles Morrison, East Ham, injury to back; James Wilkins, Wanstead, injury to stomach; George Penman, Manor Park, injury to head and right hand; William Sidney Haines, Fulham, shock.

THE INQUEST.
The inquest on the bodies of the two victims was opened at Tonbridge by Mr. J. T. Freer, the deputy coroner of that town, on Saturday. Major Pringle represented the Board of Trade.

Inspector Agnew, who was on the platform, said that he saw the signals off for the mail train to come through, and at the same time he saw the Redhill train run past the signal. Steam was corning from the funnel of the Redhill engine after the danger signal had been passed. His idea was that the driver opened the regulator and went faster in order get ahead of the mail and avert a collision.

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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2017, 11:36:19 AM »

Name:   Robert Longford Rowley
birth year:   abt 1884, Penryn Cornwall.


In 1891, as a 6 year old, at Shoreham at his Uncle Ernest Walsh’ house with mother Emily Rowley and a brother. Uncle a clerk in Holy Orders.

Parents Robert John Langford(sic)  Rowley & Emily Theodora. 



Name:   Henry Edward Howard
Estimated birth year:   abt 1881

In 1901 with mother Eliza and a sister at 52 Bulwark St, Dover. He was a Railway Engine Stoker.
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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2017, 19:23:29 PM »

Railway Employment Recort:-
Rob Langford Rowley.
Appointed a Draughtsman Aug 7 1904. age 19. at 18/- per week. On 28.10.1905, transferred to Faversham as a Cleaner.
Appointed Oct 28 1905 as a cleaner Faversham. To Slades(sic) Green S E Section 28.4.1906.

have not been able to find Howard's record
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2017, 16:19:44 PM »

Henry Howard's headstone in St. James' Cemetery, Dover.

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