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  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Grove Hill,Harrow on the Hill,Middlesex.

    1899 25 February. Edwin Sewell and James Richer are the first recorded driver (of a petrol vehicle) and passenger fatalities respectively. They are thrown from their Daimler on Grove Hill, Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex, London. [1]

    Reports suggest he was a 'fast' driver and when he applied the brake hard the spokes of the wooden wheel broke with the stress and the wheel collapsed with catastrophic effect.

    He was buried on the 3rd March at Twickenham Cemetery aged 31 years

    Edwin Sewell

    James Richer
    On 25 February 1899, Major James Richer, late Sergeant-Major, 3rd Rifle Brigade, was a casualty of the first recorded motor accident in Great Britain in a petrol drive car which occurred at the foot of Grove Hill, Harrow-on-the-Hill, when the Daimler Wagonette driven by Edwin Sewell overturned after the collapse of a rear wheel. Sewell was pitched out and killed whilst his passenger, Major Richer, was pinned to the ground under the car and died of his injuries on 1 March.

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  2. CTNana

    CTNana Member Patron

    It is a nasty bend though!
    I must have passed that hundreds of times without ever stopping to read it!
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  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Probably driving too fast, you may need a man with a red flag

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  4. CTNana

    CTNana Member Patron

    Guilty as charged I think!
  5. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

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  6. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member



    That looks like a colour version of
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    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  8. smdarby

    smdarby Patron Patron

    Bet he was either texting or fiddling with the radio.
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  9. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

    For me it's the "warning" to buses about the low trees, though I suppose if there wasn't a warning there it might not be obvious ;-)
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  10. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Probably & more likely he might have been adding coal to the boiler - always a dodgy move :omg::wacko:
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  11. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Me too. I used to attend Lowlands 6th Form College in the early 1980's and my English Literature teacher lived just up the road.
  12. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

    Essex Hearld 14th March 1899
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