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Another little girl was very badly injured in 1900 when she was going home from Ynscedwyn school over the local railway line.
This time it seems that she was asking for trouble by touching the brake on one of the wagons - and she paid a heavy price for such dangerous behaviour...

Amputated - cut off.
 
 
30th March
1900
School log book entry
 

This entry, from the end of Queen Victoria's reign, reads:
"A little girl of 6 years of age, May Williams of Glynmeurig, met with a very serious accident yesterday afternoon while walking home from school over the railway. It appears that she was playing with the brake, and when the engine moved she injured her left arm so badly that it is feared it will have to be amputated."

The school diary does not tell us any more about this unlucky young lady, so we don't know if she lost her arm as a result of this terrible accident.
Apart from the railway tracks there were dangers from water as well...

A dangerous stream next to the playground...

 

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