Mary Ward – the First Fatality in a Car Accident in the UK and Ireland – 31 August 1869

Posted on August 30th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

On 31 August 1869, Mary Ward (nee King) became the first person to die in a car accident in the UK and Ireland.

It really was a terrible accident, with poor Mary falling under the wheel of the steam-powered vehicle, while it was negotiating a bend on the road near Parsonstown in County Offaly, Ireland.

If you’re a genealogist and/or fan of the BBC TV programme,’Dr Who’, you might be interested to know that Mary Ward is the great-grandmother of the English actress, Lalla Ward, who played the part of Romana in ‘Doctor Who’.

Included below are three newspaper reports of this terrible accident.

historical newspaper report on Mary Ward - the First Fatality in a Car Accident in the UK and Ireland

Western Daily Press – Thursday 02 September 1869

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historical newspaper report on Mary Ward - the First Fatality in a Car Accident in the UK and Ireland

Shields Daily Gazette – Wednesday 01 September 1869

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000285/18690901/002/0002

historical newspaper report on Mary Ward - the First Fatality in a Car Accident in the UK and Ireland

York Herald – Saturday 04 September 1869

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000499/18690904/018/0005

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