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Charles Tomblin – killed near Quorn Station, September 1936

Charles Tomblin was born in Barrowden in Rutland on 14th April 1871, one of five illegitimate children of Emma Tomblin. He began his working life as a farm servant, but during his twenties he joined the gangs of men constructing the Great Central Railway. In 1899 Charles married Eliza Hunt and the couple soon settled in Quorn, with Charles now working directly for the GCR as a railway foreman platelayer.

The couple had four children and eventually moved to 94 Meeting Street in a double fronted cottage opposite where Spinney Drive is today.

On 2nd September, 1936, Charles was working on the railway lines near Quorn Station, which was now owned by the LNER, when he was fatally injured. It is presumed that he was hit by a train. His death was reported in the press:

Nottingham Evening Post, Thursday 3rd September 1936
An elderly man, believed to be Charles Tomblin, 65, a foreman platelayer, of Main Street, Quorn, was killed on the L.N.E. Railway, near Quorn Station, yesterday. The body was mutilated beyond recognition, and the only clues to identity were the clothing, a torn diary, and battered spectacle case.

LNER publication
Ganger Charles Tomblin, Quorn, was fatally injured on September 2. He entered the service in July 1899, after previous experience with the contractors who constructed the railway. He was well known in the Leicester district and was held in high esteem by his colleagues.

Nottingham Evening Post, Friday 4th September 1936
“Accidental death" was the verdict returned at the Loughborough inquest today on Charles Tomblin, 64, foreman platelayer, who was killed on the L.N.E.R. line on Wednesday.

Charles was buried in Quorn Churchyard. Eliza continued to live in Quorn and died on 13th November 1949, aged 71.

 Submitted on: 2018-12-26
 Submitted by: David Cawdell/Sue Templeman
 Artefact ID: 2035

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