We were passing a pleasant, sunny afternoon in the local graveyard, as one does, when we perchanced upon one gravestone which caught our eye. It was a memorial to a railway guard who was killed whilst on duty at Skegness railway station in 1881.
The gravestone, in St Clement’s Churchyard, Skegness, is chipped in parts, obscuring some of the wording, perhaps you can have a look at our picture to help with the missing words as transcribed below:
In Loving Memory – Frederick Waldock – Guard on *** Skegness Railway ***tally Killed On Duty *** 16th 1881 – aged 32 years
1881, two years after Skegness Railway Station opened, one year before the first Skegness newspaper, so we’ll probably never know the full story surrounding the ‘killing’ of Frederick Waldock.
We found Frederick on the 1881 census. He was living in Wainfleet, a convenient train-ride away from Skegness, with his wife Betsy and five-year-old daughter, Beatrice Elizabeth. Though both females were born in Wainfleet, Frederick was native to Meldreth, Cambridgeshire. Frederick’s death was registered in the September Quarter in the Boston registration district, of which Wainfleet is a part.
After her husband’s tragic death, Betsy and Beatrice moved to Boston.
If you know more about the tragic story of the Skegness Railway Guard killed whilst on duty, or if you are researching this line, please let us know.
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