Tram mu­seum has memo­rial to Lil­ian

Burton Mail - - News -

THE 26-year-old con­duc­tress hailed a hero when she died days after try­ing to stop a tram from over­turn­ing in Bur­ton is im­mor­talised at a tourist at­trac­tion.

Lil­ian Parker, who lived in Ne­whall, is rep­re­sented on one of five per­ma­nent struc­tures on dis­play at Crich Tramway Vil­lage ded­i­cated to those who worked on the trams around the First World War.

The Bur­ton Mail is ap­peal­ing for fam­i­lies of vic­tims of tram car 19 to come for­ward as part of plans for a memo­rial to be erected in Bur­ton com­mem­o­rat­ing the 100th an­niver­sary of the tragedy.

It is hoped some of the orig­i­nal tram tracks re­cently pulled up from Bur­ton Bridge fol­low­ing a re­cent re­vamp could be used in the memo­rial.

Miss Parker died after the Bur­ton and Ashby Light Rail­way tram head­ing from Bur­ton to Swadlin­cote slipped on leaves on the tracks and slid back down Bear­wood Hill Road be­fore over­turn­ing.

She tried to help driver Charles Ins­ley ap­ply the brake but was trapped un­der the tram as it over­turned. Her leg had to be am­pu­tated but she died six days later.

Pas­sen­ger Caro­line Hughes died en route to hospi­tal.

Fol­low­ing her death, the com­mu­nity of Ne­whall paid for Miss Parker’s head­stone at St John’s Ceme­tery.

In a list of em­ploy­ees of the Bur­ton and Ashby Light Rail­way stored at the Magic At­tic, in Swadlin­cote, it records Miss Parker liv­ing in Main Street, Ne­whall, at the time of her death.

She had been an in­sur­ance agent for Bri­tan­nic As­sur­ance Ltd be­fore she joined Bur­ton and Ashby Light Rail­way on Novem­ber 6, 1918.

She was later recorded as hav­ing “died [on Oc­to­ber 14, 1919] from in­juries re­ceived from Bear­wood Hill Road disaster.” Miss Parker be­came a con­duc­tress dur­ing a short­age of male con­duc­tors as a re­sult of the First World War.

Now, Crich Tramway Vil­lage, in Der­byshire, has used her tragic story in its own memo­rial to those work­ing in the in­dus­try dur­ing the war.

Jan Bar­ratt, learn­ing and par­tic­i­pa­tion man­ager at Crich Tramway Vil­lage, said: “We man­aged to get in­ter­na­tional artists Mus­son+Re­tal­lick so we are re­ally lucky to have them.

“They wanted some­thing that looked like a tram rail as part of the struc­ture so we got some track from our stock­yard and formed five dif­fer­ent pieces and one is for Lil­ian Parker.”

A plaque ded­i­cated to Lil­ian Parker

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