Railroad Detective Charles Frederick Silversides

Railroad Detective Charles Frederick Silversides

Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Monday, July 12, 1909

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Charles Frederick Silversides

Railroad Detective Charles Silversides was killed after accidentally falling between two train cars near Holmesville, Indiana.

He was guarding freight train No. B.A.4, which was transporting a load of copper from Chicago, Illinois. A group of tramps had boarded the train at Chicago and had given Detective Silversides trouble as he attempted to eject them from the train several times. As the train pulled away from the Otis, Indiana, railroad yards Detective Silversides he advised the conductor he was going to go get the group and bring them back to the caboose.

As he attempted to make his way to the tramps he fell from the train and was run over. The train crew discovered he was missing when they arrived at South Bend, Indiana. Another train crew was notified and located his body in Holmesville.


  • Age 24
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train
  • Location Indiana


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Rest in peace Sir. We'll take over from here.

Cpl. Donald Silversides
Wayne Co. Sheriff's Office, MI

October 22, 2020

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