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Fallen Railway Workers World War 1

Listed here are the fallen railway workers from World War 1. The database is built using the National Railway Museum 'Fallen Railwaymen' as a base and then other information has been combined into the detail, much of the base information is taken from St Paul's Cathedral Order of Service 1919. Additonal men have been added as they are found and duplicate entries combined - the latter being an ongoing process.

Database contains 21,479 records - 3 February, 2024






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Note: This database is currently in the process of being updated. Data may appear to be in the wrong fields or incorrect while this process takes place but is normally correct. Some entries are duplicated or triplicated and these are gradually being merged. Where links exist there may be more information on the page that has been linked to than on the database.

Often two addresses can be found for one person, where possible both have been included to show movement, the sequence may not always be correct. In the case of those serving at sea there can be an apparent overlap of dates, normally a man enlisted for 12 years, or the duration of hostilities; the 12 years is usally made up of 5 years service and 7 years service in the Reserves, it is the latter 7 years when these men worked for the railways. The details here have been drawn from a variety of sources which are noted and quite often the information within the various sources conflicts. The data here is as found and reflects any conflicts. The data is constantly being updated.

Names are often spelt in different ways to that which you are trying to use e.g. Sidney and Sydney. If you cannot find using name try just using the initials. There is no soundex used with the search. If a person is listed as being commemorated on a memorial rather than being buried then they have "No known grave", please don't ask for a grave reference. Searching for names such as O'RORKE need to omit the apostrophe e.g. O RORKE or even RORKE. When the spelling of a forename is in doubt use the most common fore part e.g. HAROLD or HARRY would use HAR as the search word.

*** NOTE: Some memorial/burial details are missing but these are gradually being inserted and new entries found added ***

The main sources of information are St Paul's Cathedral Order of Service 1919, various railway magazines of the time, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Soldiers Died in the Great War, various census, trade union registers and various railway war memorials, North Eastern Railway Magazines, Great Eastern Railway Magazines, London & North Western Railway Magazines, and London & North Western Railway Roll of Honour. Some men have information included such as Baptism, School Logs, etc. Where newspaper and magazines are quoted then the page number given is that within that edition as some page number are perpetual through the series of issues. The manner of death is in main taken from the Soldiers Died in the Great War database unless a more detailed description is available.

The following common abbreviations used are:

CWGC - Commonwealth War Graves Commission
SDGW - Soldiers Died in the Great War

G.E.R. Magazine 1914
RAILWAY GAZETTE – Special Great War Transportation Number
  The Light Railways of Britain and Ireland

NMP - British Steam
Military Connections

London & North Western Railway Society

The LNWR collected the names of the 3,719 employees who fell in the First World War, along with those who received decorations for their actions. The company produced a printed book, listing those names, their jobs, where they worked and their rank. The families of men listed received a copy of this book. This section of the Webb site remembers the lives of these men.

Follow this link to their web page to download.

Copies of the London & North Western Railway Gazette 1912-1922 can be found online.


Memorials included in database:

Lincoln St Marks Station Lincoln Lincoln All Saints Waterloo Station
Shrewsbury Railway Station Oswestry Cambrian Railway  Welsh Frankton Dover Marine Rail
Shrewsbury Locomotive Department Inverness, Highland Railway Swindon Great Western Lincoln St Botolph
Dover Marine Coaching Dover Marine General Office Dover Marine Goods Ashford Railway Works
Dover Marine Marine Dover Marine Outdoor Locomotive Great Yarmouth Liverpool Street
Derby, Midland Railway Litchurch Lane Works Glasgow Central Station - Caledonian Railway    

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