History

After the First World War a number of steam locomotives carried names of railway men who had fought in WW1 and been awarded the Victoria Cross:

  • L/Cpl John Christie VC
  • Pte Wilfred Woods VC
  • Pte Ernest Sykes VC

The London North Western Railway (LNWR) also named a locomotive Patriot (number 1914) to honour the fallen of the LNWR with the Patriot name carried over to a class name – the Patriot Class – and the name Patriot was carried over onto an engine from that class.

After further research I found that 2 other rail companies had done the same and named locomotives to honour members of their railways that had fallen in WW1:

  • the Great Central named a Robinson class 9P (number 1165) “Valour”;
  • and the London Brighton and South Coast Railway  (L.B.& S.C.Rly ) had The Remembrance Class locomotive number 333 was named “Remembrance”.

These locomotives all carried special plaques to acknowledge the sacrifice of these brave men.

1914 Patriot: “In Memory of the Fallen L&NWR Employees 1914-1918”.

333 Remembrance: “In grateful remembrance of the 532 men of the L.B.& S.C.Rly who gave their lives for their country, 1914-1919”.

1165 Valour: “In memory of GCR employees who gave their lives for their country, 1914-1918.”

Sadly none of these locomotives survive today all meeting the fate of the cutters torch as did all the original Patriot class, however for some years a group have been rebuilding a Patriot to the original drawings at the LLANGOLLEN RAILWAY this locomotive is to be named “THE UNKNOWN WARRIOR” with the aim of having it mainline ready for the centenary of the 1918 armistice.