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It Will Never Happen to me!

How many of you have honestly thought that something bad will never happen to you? Sub consciously many people believe this. It’s reassuring, after all, we don’t want to go through life worrying about everything. There is another way of reducing worry though, and that is preparedness. Knowing what you should do in an emergency,Continue reading “It Will Never Happen to me!”

Commander Loftus William Jones: Fighting to the Very End!

Loftus William Jones was born in 1879 in Petersfield, Hampshire, a small town 17 miles to the north of the Naval Base at Portsmouth. His Father was Admiral Loftus Francis Jones, who retired from the Navy twenty years after his son was born in 1899. Given his Father’s position in the Royal Navy and theContinue reading “Commander Loftus William Jones: Fighting to the Very End!”

The Charfield Train Crash: Another Tragedy on the Bristol Line

The Leeds to Bristol Express Mail train struck a glancing blow to the freight train before smashing into the engine tender that was shunting the freight wagons off the main line. The express train continued out of control smashing into the carriages of a second freight train before overturning and landing on its right-hand side.Continue reading “The Charfield Train Crash: Another Tragedy on the Bristol Line”

Feeling the Heat: The Fire and Rescue Service

It’s 3am a faulty games console has set alight quickly spreading to the curtains. The house is filling with thick black toxic smoke. Just a couple of breaths in this will render you unconscious. The temperatures downstairs is several hundred degrees, hotter than your oven on full. Racing through the quiet streets a fire crewContinue reading “Feeling the Heat: The Fire and Rescue Service”

The Tragic Story of Dr. William Barnsley Allen

William Barnsley Allen was born in Sheffield on the 8th of June 1892 to Parents Percy and Edith. He was educated at Worksop College before going to Sheffield university to study medicine, eventually earning himself a bachelor’s degree in Medicine. He proved to be a talented and knowledgeable physician, gaining a gold medal for pathologyContinue reading “The Tragic Story of Dr. William Barnsley Allen”

Nursing at the Front: The Forgotten Heroes of the Great War

Trawling through the newspaper archives from 1914 to 1918 I came across the occasional story of awards for nurses, for their courage under fire at the front. Given the current global situation we find ourselves in, and all the praise rightfully directed at the amazing doctors and nurses of the NHS, I decided that thisContinue reading “Nursing at the Front: The Forgotten Heroes of the Great War”

The Ashchurch Rail Disaster: an Avoidable Tragedy

At just after 9pm on a freezing January evening a freight train of some 24 wagons was being shunted between sidings in the sleepy Gloucestershire village of Ashchurch. A relatively routine operation that had been carried out here hundreds of times before. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary as the railway foreman strolled along besideContinue reading “The Ashchurch Rail Disaster: an Avoidable Tragedy”

The Castlecary Rail Disaster: Tragedy in the Snow

On the 10th of December 1937, in blizzard conditions, an express train bound for Glasgow collided with the rear of a stationary train bound for Dundee, causing the rear carriages of the Dundee train to disintegrate, killing 35 people and injuring 109 others. This was Britain’s worst snow related crash and sent ripples through theContinue reading “The Castlecary Rail Disaster: Tragedy in the Snow”

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