Unlucky Husky

To be known as the first man
to be killed by a train
-- what awful luck!

You were our plucky MP,
in your prime when
you were struck,

as Stephenson’s “Rocket”
knocked you down;
now God’s got you
in his pocket.*

* William Huskisson, MP for Liverpool, the first man killed by a steam locomotive, was mortally injured at Chat Moss during the grand opening of the Liverpool-Manchester Railway on 15 September 1830. Author William Garfield in “The Last Journey of William Hutchinson” chronicles Huskisson's chronic accident proneness which afflicted him his whole life down to the accident which killed him.

By Christopher T. George