Monday, 20 August 2018

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A DISTRESSING accident occurred at the Great Western Railway level crossing at Shiplake on Tuesday when

A DISTRESSING accident occurred at the Great Western Railway level crossing at Shiplake on Tuesday when Col Edward Eyre-Williams was knocked down by a passing train and killed. Col Eyre-Williams, who lived at Heyeswood, a short distance from the scene of the accident, was returning from a walk when he took a short cut over the level crossing. As he got to the track, the down train passed and he proceeded to cross the line, apparently in ignorance of the approaching up train.

Considerable excitement was caused among folk in Bix last Monday by the forced landing of an aeroplane, through engine trouble, close to old Bix Church. The pilot was able to “plane” his machine to the ground without injury.

At the ordinary fortnightly meeting of the Henley Board of Guardians, there were comments on the diet at the children’s homes. The chairman asked whether 36 eggs a week for the children did not strike the guardians as rather extravagant in these times. The master said the allowance worked out at one egg per child a week. Mr Watts said: “A pity we can’t have artificial eggs.” His comment prompted laughter.





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