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PASSENGER TRAIN ATTACKED On   Wednesday   16   December   1942,   a   two-coach   train   carrying   Christmas   shoppers   from   Guildford   had   just   pulled   out   of   Bramley   & Wonersh   Station   when   it   was   attacked   by   a   single   Dornier   217   aircraft.      The   plane   machine-gunned   the   train   and   reportedly   dropped   three bombs one of which exploded on the embankment.  36 people were injured and seven people lost their lives: George Budd, 19 Cambridge Road, Horsham age 45 (driver of the train) - died in hospital Mr Jeal, 5 Cradstone Road, Horsham died in hospital (guard of the train) Donald Melville Clyde (a soldier) Mrs A M Sevenoaks, 80 Clarence Road, Horsham Mrs Ada V Newham, Parmella House, Market Place, Devizes George Marshall, Kippington, Sevenoaks - died in hospital Michael Broomfield, Alexandra Road, Farnbrough (a schoolboy from Christs Hospital) - died in hospital The   fireman   and   the   porter-in-charge   of   the   station   attended   the   wounded   and   dying,   later   helped   by   six   soldiers   who   were   billetted nearby.      Afterwards   fireman   William   Fairey   and   porter-in-charge   Violet   Wisdom   were   presented   with   certificates   of   merit   for   their   actions, and Miss Wisdom was singled out for her " great courage and resource directly the bombs had fallen ". The   plane   flew   on   to   Guildford   Railway   Station.      No-one   was   hurt   but   there   was   damage   to   buildings   in   the   area   including   to   what   was   then known   as   the   Guildford   County   School   for   Girls.         In   2015,   new   signage   was   erected   on   the   front   of   the   main   building   and   workmen discovered a bullet still lodged in the wall. Quotes   taken   from   BBC   WW2   People’s   War   website   (Ruth   Bailey   and   Richard   E   Moore)   and   getSURREY   article   from   July   2013 (George Carter)
Photo from War on the Line by Bernard Darwin, Middleton Press
“ I can remember getting up off the seat and feeling blood running down my face from cuts on my head and ear and thinking well, I am still alive” Ruth Bailey
“The siren sounded so I got down between two houses for cover. It was a Dornier and I saw it follow the line of the railway, the bomb door opened and I saw three bombs fall out.  I think one bomb went through the bedroom of a house in Eastwood Road and came out the other side."   George Carter, Farncombe
“The blast had pulled one side of both carriages off, and pulled much of the glass from the opposite windows through the train; it was this that had inflicted most of the injuries"   Richard E Moore