Item BCA - 2017.723 - Wood Green school bus crashes; 3 die and 16 hurt February 3rd 1972

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BCA - 2017.723

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Wood Green school bus crashes; 3 die and 16 hurt February 3rd 1972

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pdf of 6 newspaper cuttings

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In icy and snowy conditions the bus bringing children from Wood Green School to Bampton crashed at Hoppy's Corner killing two boys, Gary Gerhardt from Bampton and Gary John Hawkins from Clanfield. At least 14 of the 46 pupils on the coach were injured. These newspaper cutting give more information. Susan Taylor and Margaret Gascoigne while being hurt themselves worked in a very mature way to help other children on the bus.
A third boy from Bampton, Alec White died later.
In April the same year, 1972, Mr Pooley the headmaster of Wood Green School planted two trees, supplied by Bampton Parish Council in the playing fields in New Road. A plaque with the name of each boy was placed on the trees. Rev Selwyn Taborn offered prayers. Mr Carter, chairman of the Parish Council said he hoped people would cherish this living memorial to the boys.

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