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On this day 1910

Posted: Thu Dec 24, 2015 12:46 pm
by PaulHP
At a little after 5am, London Irish lost one of it's players, Archibald Basil Henry Maxwell. He was one of twelve passengers killed at the Hawes Junction Railway crash, when the London St. Pancras to Glasgow sleeper train collided with another train. The collision was not that bad only derailing the engine, but two of the coaches caught fire due to the escape of oil gas, (which was used for lighting) ignited setting alight the wooden carriages. The twelve that died were trapped in the carriage, and were unable to escape before the fire reached them. He was only identified by the button from his trousers, bearing his tailors name.

He was travelling to Scotland to spend a few days with his father Colonel Archibald Boyd Maxwell at his house in Ken Bridge, New Galloway.

He was born on 4th May 1888 in Mussoorie, India in the foothills of the Himalayas, were his father was stationed in the Army, and his mother was Helen Frances (nee Pollock).He was educated at Eastbourne and Rugby School and afterwards was studying at the Institute of Civil Engineers in London. He also played for Cheltenham RFC against Bristol and Lennox, and was their star player in the match against Lennox. In 1910 he was living at Lanchurst, Howard Road, Wokingham.