Death of The Wakefield Brothers


Story Contributed by Sheila Bradley



Matthew Edward (Tim) Wakefield, was killed in railway accident 14th October 1946


The circumstances surrounding the deaths of two Leicester plate layers who were killed on the railway line at Humberstone Road marshalling sidings on Monday were inquired into by the Deputy City Coroner (Mr. Bouskall Wade at the double inquest at the Town Hall.
The inquests were on Matthew Edward Wakefield (59) of 17 Maxfield Street Highfields and Thomas Fall (26) of 5, Dannett Street summing up the evidence before recording verdicts of accidental death the Coroner said it seemed that every precaution had been taken. As far as I can see these two men were sent out properly in a pair with the object of one being a look out man while the other was doing his work” said the Coroner. “They were both experienced men The engine driver Marriott has given his evidence extremely frankly and I am satisfied that he never saw these two men who were killed by the engine” Alfred Anderson, goods guard said as he was passing in his train he saw a red flag come up under a wagon which was being pulled by an engine He saw two objects under the wagons and had the impression that a man was trying to get out, but it was too late. The engine was only going at walking pace. The engine driver, Arthur Marriott said he was doing general shunting duties when the men were killed. He kept a look-out on the left hand side and all signals were clear He saw nothing unusual. A plate layer acquainted him of the tragedy. Witness added the engine he was driving was traveling “tender first nearby signals were in his favour.
The fireman of the engine Richard Eyden who said he was on the look-out on his side saw neither of the men on the railway line. His look-out would be restricted on a tight hand bend.

Ellis Herbert Wakefield died 19th March 1969

The death of a 78years old Leicester man may have been caused by bad gassing while serving in the Royal Leicestershire Regiment during the first world war stated an inquest today The Coroner recorded an open verdict on Ellis Herbert Wakefield. His daughter Marjorie Millington with whom he lived said he had suffered from a chest complaint since being “badly gassed” in the 1914/18 war.
He received a disability pension because of this. Dr Pugh, pathologist, said death was due to congestive heart failure following chronic bronchitis. Dr Pugh added “It’s impossible to exclude the possibility that the condition resulted from gassing in the First World War Recording his verdict the Coroner stated “There is not sufficient evidence to show whether Mr. Wakefield died from gassing therefore I record an open verdict.
During his working life Ellis was also a railway plate layer



George Wakefield- Killed 13th October 1915
Private George Wakefield died 13.1.15 Leicestershire Regiment age unknown (he was approx. 21) Name on Loos Memorial Panel 42 to 44.



Charles Wakefield died December 1920 at 60 Kent Street Leicester from TB age 38



Frank Lawrence Wakefield died 29th January 1982 in Leicester age 81


One Response to “Death of The Wakefield Brothers”

  • Esme Burton:

    Morning Janet,
    To my complete joy, I saw a photo of my ‘gramps white-hair ‘ thanks to your Ancestry hints. Lawrence H Millington b1909 who married Marjorie Wakefield b1918, Leicester, U.K. Are my dad’s parents.
    My father, Vic Lawrence Millington, b Leicester 1943, was a railway man for most of his life and is a well known railway artist, living in Stamford, Peterborough.
    And most bizarrely, the Penzance connection…I own a shop on Market Jew Street!
    My son has just had his DNA results via AncestryDNA, and I’ve been researching my history since 2001, my tree is available on Genes Reunited and Ancestry.
    I would love to know how the Wakefield Runnalls are connected.
    Look forward to hearing from you.

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