George Banwell

Author: FNRC
Date published: 30/09/2016
© Reading Mercury

GEORGE BANWELL                                                             25th November 1897

 

          George Banwell, a plumber working for the Great Western Railway, was knocked down and killed by a train on this day.

 

          Witnesses said Banwell had purchased a newspaper and went to cross the line to get to the platform opposite. At the same time a train was coming along, the fireman having seen Banwell had the whistle immediately sounded. However, Banwell apparently being deaf, this made no difference and despite the brakes of the train being applied, the train hit him. The body was found under the brake van of the train and an inquiry later heard the account from multiple witnesses recording a verdict of accidental death.

 

Reading Mercury

 

Missing years. In A/C book

Buried 29 November 1897

 

From “Newbury 365” by Dr. Nick Young ISBN 978-1-326-20842-7:2015

Reproduced by kind permission of the author.

Sources:From “Newbury 365” by Dr. Nick Young ISBN 978-1-326-20842-7:2015 Reproduced by kind permission of the author.

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