Tragic ac­ci­dent

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Ray and Diane searched for a death record and what they found gave them a shock­ing sur­prise. “Fred­er­ick Younge was killed in a train crash on 6 De­cem­ber 1870, at Brock­ley Whins, County Durham. The ac­ci­dent was caused by a sig­nalling er­ror that al­lowed a coal train to col­lide with a pas­sen­ger train.

“The Board of Trade car­ried out an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the crash and pub­lished a re­port in 1870, which we found on­line at the Rail­way Ar­chive ( rail­ We also found ac­counts of the ac­ci­dent on Google Books ( The first-class car­riage was de­stroyed and other pas­sen­ger car­riages bro­ken up. It was a ter­ri­ble event and as a re­sult of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, new safety mea­sures were in­tro­duced. The Board of Trade re­port listed all the ca­su­al­ties, in­clud­ing ‘F Young, co­me­dian’.

“Delv­ing into on­line news­pa­per ar­chives, we were sur­prised to find an obit­u­ary for Fred­er­ick in the Daily Tele­graph, which was also reprinted in The Queens­lan­der in Aus­tralia. He must have been well-known in his day. We were start­ing to build a pic­ture of a fas­ci­nat­ing an­ces­tor.

“Who was Fred­er­ick Younge and did he meet Emma Jane Corri through

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