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History recalled at Netley Station

In late March volunteers at Netley Station received a very special visit from a relative of one of the former station masters there.

Winnie Sedgwick, a local resident, is the widow of the last in a line of station masters at Netley Station who shared the family name. She recounted tales of waiting for trains to Eastleigh from the old waiting room before the Second World War, the hustle and bustle of the station with its line to the Royal Victoria Hospital and showed the group a plaque from a clock given to her relative in recognition of his bravery at the station. This thanked J W Sedgwick for saving the life of a passenger who had fallen onto the railway tracks in 1911!

At the meeting over tea and biscuits Winnie and her daughter (a direct descendant) were shown old photographs of station staff at Netley, which had been sourced by the Hound Local History Society and framed by the Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership. These photographs included Winnie's relative, much to her delight. They will be displayed permanently in the Booking Hall for all to enjoy.

If you have similar local history interest stories involving our railway stations we would be delighted to hear from you.




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