On 13 October 1928 the night mail train from Leeds to Bristol travelling at high speed through Charfield station ran into a goods train. In the horrific crash three carriages of the mail train were thrown against a road bridge and the train itself caught fire; 15 passengers were killed and many people were badly injured. The picture here from the Cheltenham Chronicle and Gloucester Graphic of 20 October shows how serious the accident was. (Gloucestershire Police Archives URN 2546)
Local police officers were quickly on the scene and led the efforts to rescue the trapped passengers. Foremost amongst these was Frederick John Nash – he joined the police in 1910 and the Register of Rural Constabulary tells us about his background and early career. He was a witness at the Inquest following the accident and his evidence was reported in detail in the Gloucester Journal. In recognition of his bravery he was awarded the Silver Braid Gallantry Award together with £5 in January 1929 and the Register of Awards shows that he also received a medal and £2 2s 0d from the Society of Protection of Life from Fire.
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