Family tribute after train death tragedy

Melvin Groves
Melvin Groves

A tribute has been paid to a ‘great brother’ who was tragically killed on a railway line on Sunday.

Melvin Groves, 55, died after being hit by a train at the Wormleighton crossing near Farnborough at about 1.50pm.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Groves’ brother Robin, who lives in Kenilworth, said: “He was a great brother and I’ll miss him so much.

“We got on really well and our family was a really happy one.

“He loved photography and travelling to all parts of the country, especially Wales, Yorkshire and the Norfolk coast.

“I will miss him a great deal, he was a great person.”

Mr Groves worked as an electrician for about 28 years, primarily in factories in Warwick and Leamington.

He also had three sisters – Jacqueline, Caroline and Rossline – and two children.

Mr Groves said his brother lived on a narrowboat, based at Wormleighton Wharf, and would often travel along the Oxford Canal , spending time in the Wharf Inn near Fenny Compton.

Keith Bloodworth, landlord, said: “Mel worked for me and did a few electrical jobs.

“He was very pleasant and would always keep himself to himself, reading a book in the corner and enjoying his lunch.

“He would always be pleasant when you spoke to him or had a conversation.”

Banbury Guardian readers have also paid their respects to Mr Groves and his family via our Facebook page.

Leanne Johnson, a passenger on the Reading to Edinburgh train involved in the incident, said: “We are devastated. Our thoughts are with his family at this time of sorrow. May you find comfort in your memories.”

Billy King added: “I was working in the area at the time this happened and felt utterly devastated for his family of their loss. May he now rest in peace.”

British Transport Police and South Central Ambulance both attended the incident.

The incident is not being treated as suspicious.