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1903: Railway inspector tragically killed

Updated: Dec 4, 2023

Brighton Gazette - Thursday 27 August 1903

INSPECTOR CHARLIE BARTHOLOMEW met with an accident which unfortunately ended fatally, at Hayward's Heath Railway Station, at about twenty minutes after four on Monday afternoon, while crossing from the up platform to the opposite side to attend the Eastbourne section of the down train from London, via Haywards Heath to Worthing, and also the Brighton train. He was knocked down by the buffers of an engine going along the up metals, and sustained serious injuries to his head and limbs. He was conveyed to his home, not far from the station, in an unconscious condition.

Haywards Heath Railway Station c1900

Dr Alfred Henry Newth, of Perrymount Road, was sent for, but in spite of his unremitting attention to the sufferer, Bartholomew died about two o'clock on Tuesday morning from concussion of the brain. The Inspector was generally esteemed, and had been but a couple of years at Haywards Heath, having been previously at Tunbridge Wells. He leaves a widow with three children. At the inquest, held yesterday (Wednesday), a verdict of "Accidental death" was returned.

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