Railway Letter 1905

A letter addressed to Head Porter Pattenden, Horley Station dated 5 October 1905 from the General Manager, London Brighton & South Coast Railway, London Bridge Station, SE.

“My attention has been called to a case of attempted suicide on the part of a man named Wellbeloved (He obviously wasn’t) at Horley Station on the 5th ultimo, when, at considerable risk to yourself, you rescued him from his dangerous position when an approaching train was within 20 or 30 feet of him.

I have very much pleasure in commen-ding you for this very courageous act, and I have given instructions for it to be recorded in our staff register and to be mentioned in the Special Staff Notice.

I have also pleasure in enclosing £1 in recognition of your praiseworthy conduct on the occasion.”

Question: did he jump from one of the present platforms or from one of the previous station’s platforms?

Mr Pattenden lived at the time in Station Bungalow sited on the south side of the High Street entrance to the subway. His son kindly allowed the Society to copy this letter.