Liverpool has many firsts, the first enclosed dock system in 1715, the first electric overhead railway, the world's first cast iron church. One of the most strange though must be the world's first passenger train fatality, the Right Honourable William Huskission MP. He was attending the opening of the Liverpool to Manchester railway and was travelling with the Duke of Wellington when the train stopped. as he was getting down from the train he was hit by the locomotive Rocket, being driven by George Stephenson. He died shortly later just down the line in Eccles.
He was buried in some state in St. James Cemetery in Liverpool in 1830 just after it had opened. A memorial was errected over his grave and it is still there today, overlooked on one side by the athedral and the other by the stately homes of Gambia Terrace.
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