Tragic Death of Gunner Edward Brown of Limerick City Artillery Militia in a Railway Accident

A fatal accident occurred involving Gunner Edward Brown, a member of the Limerick City Artillery Militia. While returning to his regimental camp at Coal House Fort, Brown was struck by the buffer of a passing train on the London and Tilbury Company’s railway line near Low Street railway-station, resulting in his instant death.

A coroner’s jury investigated the incident at West Tilbury and concluded with a verdict of ‘Accidental Death.’ Brown’s regiment moved to Garrison Point Fort, and his body was brought to Sheerness for burial in the Isle of Sheppey Cemetery. His coffin was covered with the Union Jack and adorned with wreaths sent by his fellow officers and men. The regimental band played the “Dead March” in “Saul” during the procession led by Capt. B. Roche Kelly and Lieut. Goldie Taubman.

Gunner Edward Brown, a 28-year-old gas fitter from Limerick, leaves behind a wife and two children.

Sheerness Guardian and East Kent Advertiser¬†–¬†Saturday 13 October 1900

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