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Encyclopedia > Jack Mills (train driver)

Jack Mills was the driver of the train that was the centrepiece of the great train robbery of 1963. He got on the train at the driver change-over at Crewe station, in Cheshire, on the train's journey to London Euston station, a journey that would take the train through Buckinghamshire, where the gang of robbers was waiting for it. In Buckinghamshire, Mills approached the set of two signals that were normally both green. The robbers had, however, changed the first set of signals to amber, warning the driver to slow down, and the second set to red, telling the driver to stop the train. He stopped, and soon after the robbers launched their attack. When they got onto the train, they attacked Jack with the back of an axe, and he suffered heavy injuries to his head. He was hancuffed to the train's fireman in the engine compartment of the driver's cab. After the robbery, Jack was taken to the Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital in Aylesbury, where he and his fireman had to wait for a free policeman to remove the handcuffs. Jack died of leukemia in 1970. The Great Train Robbery was the name given to a train robbery, occurring on August 8, 1963 at Bridego Railway Bridge, Ledburn near Mentmore in Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom. ... This article is about the English county. ... St Stevens Tower - The Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster which contains Big Ben London (see also different names) is the capital city of the United Kingdom and of England. ... Euston station (also known as London Euston), is a large railway station in Central London. ... Buckinghamshire (abbreviated Bucks) is a county in South East England. ... Leukemia (leukaemia in Commonwealth English) is a group of blood diseases characterized by malignancies (cancer) of the blood-forming tissues. ... 1970 was a common year starting on Thursday. ...


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Great Train Robbery (1963) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (819 words)
Mills recovered fully from the attack and died in 1970 from leukemia.
Despite the attack on Jack Mills, many hold fond memories of the story of the robbery and the escape, and Ronnie Biggs is treated affectionately by some of the British tabloid press.
Drivers of mail trains were not to leave the cab at signals and were also required to keep the doors locked.
The Biography Channel - The Great Train Robbery Biography (2355 words)
However, the train driver, Jack Mills, was struck on the head with an iron bar during a struggle.
The robbers were to board the train, disconnect the locomotive and the first two carriages from the rest and drive them to a safe location where the valuables could be transferred to waiting trucks.
Despite his injury Mills, under threat of a further beating, was required to release a vacuum break that prevented the train from being moved after it had been uncoupled from the mail cars.
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