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 ( railwaysarchive.co.uk). We also found accounts of the accident on Google Books ( books.google.co.uk). 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