On January 26, 1921, two passenger trains met head-on just outside Abermule and 15 people died. A postcard picture of the Abermule aftermath found its way into a bundle of material relating to the Shrewsbury rail disaster of 1907 in the possession of Edward Thornhill, the owner of Candle Lane Books, Shrewsbury. And on the back is a fascinating, unsigned, note: "The man without a cap with the cross over is Brookes of Llanidloes who was pinned down for 5 hrs. He had to be held up. They eventually gave him stimulants. He is very badly hurt but seems better. I thought Fred might like to keep the two PCs tho I expect you have seen both photos in the papers." Mr Thornhill's picture is somewhat blurred, but this is a sharp version of exactly the same postcard. Although he is not marked out with a cross in this sharp version, if you look very closely you can just about see the hatless head of Brookes, who is lower left, at the very front of the crowd and close to the wreck of the carriage.