Mr Clarke writes:
Firstly F E Fox-Davies is Frank E Fox-Davies, confirmed in an old railway article.
Of major interest and significance, I have found out who the original owner of my collection of old F E Fox-Davies photographs was. Someone at the Colonel Stephens Museum of the Kent & East Sussex Railway visited the Public Record Office in Kew and came away with some samples of handwriting for me that match the annotations on my collection. When F E F-D took the photos in 1902/3 he was with a small party including Richard Reeves (of the Potteries Shrewsbury & North Wales Railway). E L Morton (from Kinnerley) G Perkins (from Knighton who also took some photos) and his brother T R Perkins, the Henley-in-Arden pharmacist and renowned railway historian. TRP then had a significant article published in the Railway Magazine in 1903 following the visit. Its publication renewed interest in reopening the line and this came about in 1911 as a direct result of the article.
TRP returned for the reopening as an invited guest (a sample of his handwriting came from the note he made and signed on the back of his invite) and F E F-D took more photos of the line. The Colonel Stephens Museum sent me a photo taken by apparently Frank E F-D of the opening day of the Shropshire & Montgomeryshire on Maundy Thursday 1911. Apparently in the lower right corner of the photo is T R Perkins himself, and Mr Fox-Davies Senior. The rest are civic leaders, wives, investors etc from Shrewsbury, Llanymynech and the area.