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Hi Jack. Thank you for your reply. I think that with care, there is a fruitful debate to be had on the subject of anecdotal evidence. My criticism is not personal, nor am I dismissing your research but if I can simply pick up a couple of points?
Thank you Tom for posting this.
Perhaps my earlier posting was poorly phrased.
As I have made clear I am researching this and other railway accidents. The case of sabotage is an interesting one.
One of the facts - which is verifiable by national newspaper reports - is that just one day after the accident rumours were circulating that a German agent had tampered with the signalling to wreck the troop train.
It was actually investigated by the police and found to be nonsense.
On one of my trips to the locality I shared some of my findings with the author of the "Sorrows of Quintinshill" ; Gordon Routledge. He confirmed that this particular rumour came directly from local sources - anecdotal?
There are many anecdotal accounts in the form of local folklore, letters and newspaper reports, which add greatly to the story and paint a vivid pictue of the horror of the crash. Most authors do have to rely on these accounts, but their veracity should be checked against other sources.
I suppose in one sense all history is anecdotal!
I hope this explains things?
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"PS I am trying to find details of a drummer boy killed in the accident. Robert Nicholson Royal Scots no 1684. I believe he was the youngest soldier that died. Can anyone help?"
Robert Nicholson resided with his parents at 16 Balfour Street, Leith, a check of the 1911 census should bring up his age, seen a photo of him and would put him in the 17-18 age bracket
Posted 21 October 2013 - 06:04 pm
Is this your book?
From my research for 'The North Eastern Railway in the First World War' I was given to understand that railways would not be able to war profiteer as they were controlled by the Railway Executive Committee and the amount of money the railway received each year was based on pre-war levels to avoid profiteering or alternatively losing out