The United Kingdom Firefighters National Memorial(PID:5344356364) Source
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Although titled "Blitz" and dedicated in honour of those firefighters who gave their lives in the Defence of the Nation 1939 - 1945. not all the women firefighters listed, (and presumably men as well), actually died during the war or even as a result of firefighting. Daisy L Adams Name:ADAMS, DAISY LILY Age:34 Date of Death:26/06/1944 Additional information:Firewoman, N.F.S.; of 17 Stanley Road. Daughter of William H. F. Adams. Died at 17 Stanley Road. Reporting Authority:CROYDON, COUNTY BOROUGH CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=3149122 This was as a result of a V1 attack which landed at 3.57am and would claim 4 lives. www.flyingbombsandrockets.com/V1_worst_week.html The other three victims are:- Name:HENDERSON, NELLLE MILLER Age:56 Date of Death:26/06/1944 Additional information:of 25 Stanley Road. Daughter of the late Alexander and Helen Watt; wife of William Cranston Henderson. Injured at 25 Stanley Road; died same day at Mayday Hospital. Reporting Authority:CROYDON, COUNTY BOROUGH CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=3149483 Name:SLATER, DONALD LESLIE Age:13 Date of Death:26/06/1944 Additional information:of 17 Stanley Road. Son of Cyril Leslie and Winifred May Slater. Died at 17 Stanley Road. Reporting Authority:CROYDON, COUNTY BOROUGH CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=3149782 Name:SMALL, JAMES IRELAND Age:52 Date of Death:26/06/1944 Additional information:at 23 Stanley Road. Reporting Authority:CROYDON, COUNTY BOROUGH CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=3149783 The first V-1 was launched at London on 13 June 1944, one week after (and prompted by) the successful Allied landing in Europe. At its peak, over a hundred V-1s a day were fired at southeast England, 9,521 in total, decreasing in number as sites were overrun until October 1944, when the last V-1 site in range of Britain was overrun by Allied forces. Approximately 10,000 were fired at England; 2,419 reached London, killing about 6,184 people and injuring 17,981.[The greatest density of hits were received by Croydon, on the southeast fringe of London. Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V-1_(flying_bomb) Elsie W Baker Name:BAKER, ELSIE WINIFRED Age:31 Date of Death:13/02/1945 Additional information:N.F.S. Daughter of George Henry and Louisa Baker, of 19 George Road, Chingford, Essex. Injured 1 February 1945, at York Road; died at Chase Farm Hospital. Reporting Authority:ENFIELD, URBAN DISTRICT CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=3143045 Ellen RSQ Blackford Name:BLACKFORD, ELLEN RITA ST QUENTIN Age:26 Date of Death:11/09/1944 Additional information:Firewoman, N.F.S. Daughter of Ellen Lydia Stirrup, of 36 Albany Place, Dover, Kent; wife of Leonard Blackford, Merchant Navy. Injured September 1944, at Dover; died at Hurstwood Park War Emergency Hospital, Haywards Heath. Reporting Authority:CUCKFIELD, URBAN DISTRICT CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=3152577 Ellen is buried at DOVER (ST. JAMES'S) CEMETERY, Kent www.doverwarmemorialproject.org.uk/Casualties/CWGC/WWII%2... Dover suffered a resurgence of long-range shelling in September 1944, as the Germans took a last chance to fire before being forced back out of range. Its probable that Ellen died as a result of one of these incidents. www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/19/a3358019.shtml Mary O Cane Name:CANE, MARY OLIVIA Age:40 Date of Death:25/09/1940 Additional information:Driver, A.F.S., of 10 Earl's Terrace. Daughter of the late Arthur Beresford Cane, C.B.E., and Lucy Mary Cane, C.B.E., of 66 Elm Park Gardens, West Brompton. Died at 10 Earl's Terrace. Reporting Authority:KENSINGTON, METROPOLITAN BOROUGH CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=3132123 Night Operations - 24th/25th September 1940 At 1930 hours, raids started coming out of Le Havre making for Shoreham and London. These were followed by a sequence of other raids on the same course which were not, however, as numerous as usual. At about the same time, raids from the direction of Holland crossed the North Norfolk coast and for the most part remained in East Anglia except for two which penetrated more deeply Westwards. None of these raids appeared to proceed to the London area. At about 2230 hours, there was a temporary lull and after 2300 hours owing to returning friendly bombers, it became difficult to distinguish hostile tracks. However, enemy activity in the London area continued and appeared to increase after 0300 hours. The approach was mainly from the South Coast but a few raids flew in from East Anglia. In the London area, activity further increased after 0400 hours and only at 0538 hours had the last raid recrossed the coast. Home Security Report During the night London was again the chief target and was continuously bombed from nightfall onwards. Many fires were started and hits obtained on railways. A certain amount of indiscriminate bombing was observed in Essex and Surrey, but these particular raids do not appear to have caused much damage or casualties. oLondon Area Kensington: At 2100 hours IB fell on the Sunbeam-Talbot Motor Works, the offices of which were damaged by fire but production is not likely to be affected. It is reported that Warwick Road is blocked and Earls Court Railway Station closed. Westminster: Bombs are reported near the West End Central Police Station - fires at Boyle Street and Saville Row. It is also reported that the Hungerford Bridge and Signal Box is on fire, together with St Margaret's, Westminster. Battersea: Bombs dropped on the SR track at Broughton Street, and the line from Battersea to Clapham Junction is blocked. Lambeth: Major damage is reported at No 10 Platform Waterloo Station, involving approximately 30 casualties. Edmonton: IB are reported to have fallen on the West Wings of the North Middlesex and St David's Hospitals. Ilford: At 2115 hours HE slightly damaged Plessey & Co's. There were no casualties, but effect on production is not yet ascertained. City: Major damage at 0217 hours on the 25th was reported at Blackfriars Station, 'Times' Office, Queen Victoria Street, and Upper Thames Street. Further bombings are reported at Hammersmith, Wood Green, Hendon, Tottenham, Wimbledon, Hornsey, Wandsworth, Richmond, Barnes, Southall and Ealing. www.raf.mod.uk/bob1940/september24.html Raids on London on the night of the 25th/26th don’t appear to have started until after midnight. www.raf.mod.uk/bob1940/september25.html There are a few papers from Arthur Beresford Cane (1864 – 1939) in the National Archive. www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/nra/searches/subjectView.asp?... His cases also seem to pop up in older legal textbooks. He received his CBE in the 1920 New Years Honours List en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Necrothesp/Honours_Lists/1920_... Jessie Carter No trace on CWGC, and no female with the surname Carter who is listed as a either a civilian or in the Army on the CWGC would seem to have been a fireman. May have been a post-war casualty. Audrey M Fricker Name:FRICKER, AUDREY MARIE Age:18 Date of Death:24/01/1945 Additional information:Firewoman, N.F.S. Daughter of M. E. Fricker, of 132 Glenview, Abbey Wood, Woolwich, and of the late William George Fricker. Died at Post Office, Stockwell Street. Reporting Authority:GREENWICH, METROPOLITAN BOROUGH CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=3128920 There is a picture of the damage suffered by the post office here postalheritage.org.uk/blog-images/69-Post118-1500.jpg/ima... catalogue.postalheritage.org.uk/dserve/dserve.exe?dsqServ... Sarah L L Gane Name:GANE, SARAH LORNA LILIAN Age:21 Date of Death:30/11/1940 Additional information:A.F.S.; of 57 Regents Park Road. Daughter of Joseph Tom and Ethel Kitty Gane. Died at 57 Regents Park Road. Reporting Authority:SOUTHAMPTON, COUNTY BOROUGH CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=3112221 Name:GANE, JOSEPH TOM Age:57 Date of Death:30/11/1940 Additional information:of 57 Regents Park Road. Husband of Ethel Kitty Gane. Died at 57 Regents Park Road. Reporting Authority:SOUTHAMPTON, COUNTY BOROUGH CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=3112220 Name:GANE, ETHEL KITTY Age:60 Date of Death:30/11/1940 Additional information:of 57 Regents Park Road. Wife of Joseph Tom Gane. Died at 57 Regents Park Road. Reporting Authority:SOUTHAMPTON, COUNTY BOROUGH CWGC: www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=3112219 Name:GANE, DORA GLADYS MAY Regiment/Service:Civilian War Dead Age:27 Date of Death:30/11/1940 Additional information:of 57 Regents Park Road. Daughter of Joseph Tom and Ethel Kitty Gane. Died at 57 Regents Park Road. Reporting Authority:SOUTHAMPTON, COUNTY BOROUGH CWGC: www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=3112218 Southampton suffered badly from large-scale air raids during World War Two. As a large port city on the south coast, it was an important strategic target for the German air force (Luftwaffe). There were fifty seven attacks in all, but nerves were frayed by over 1,500 alarms. Of the 57 Air Raids, by far the worst were on 23rd and 30th November and 1st December and these attacks are generally referred to as Southamptonton's Blitz. Southampton ablaze It was a cold clear night on the 30th November when the drone of German aircraft engines were heard approaching Southampton. Raids were nothing new; people were used to the routine of seeking shelter and trying to lead as normal a life as possible. This one though was different; this raid was to level most of the city centre, kill over a hundred people and damage or destroy thousands of buildings. The approach of the enemy bombers was the start of the worst wartime weekend in Southampton with unprecedented destruction that would change the city forever. Over 100 aeroplanes had approached high and began to dive down over the city. Just before 6pm the warning siren was sounded and minutes later the flares that bombers would use to light their targets began to land by parachute, making no sound. They lit the town making a mockery of the blackout. A local resident recalls 'Chandelier flares lit up the whole town around, just like daylight'. This allowed bombers to drop their heavy explosives, including two mines of nearly 2000 kg. These were then followed by thousands of incendiary devices, setting fire to buildings and further marking out the city for the bombers. Up to 9,000 incendiaries were dropped causing hundreds of fires. The fire caused the most damage. There was no water to fight the blazes, reservoirs were low and water mains were cracked. The fire raged completely out of control at the bottom end of the High Street, at one point 647 fires were burning at the same time across Southampton. One man recalled the firestorm for the Southampton Oral History Team, 'It sweeps everything in front of it, it'll draw you into it if you're not careful... ...It was so hot that if you stood with your boots you could hear them sizzling with the heat from the pavements'. Despite over 2000 extra firefighters being drafted to the city, it was still burning brightly enough to light the way for the second attack a day later. German pilots reported that the glare of Southampton burning could be seen from the North of France. www.plimsoll.org/Southampton/Southamptonatwar/southampton... The Kelly’s Street Directory for Southampton for 1940-41, lists a Joseph Tom Gane at this address. www.plimsoll.org/images/1940%20Streets%20Morland%20Road%2... In the same directory for 1946, the odd numbered houses side of the Road goes from 51 to 61. I assume the 4 houses in-between were nothing more than a bomb-site. Yvonne MD Green Name:GREEN, YVONNE MARIE DUNBAR Age:30 Date of Death:17/04/1941 Additional information:Driver, A.F.S. Daughter of Forbes Sutherland and Jeanne Tachereau Sutherland, of Montreal, Canada; wife of Lieut. Leonard G. Green, Canadian Army, of 34 Old Church Street. Died at Petyt Place. Reporting Authority:CHELSEA, METROPOLITAN BOROUGH CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=3126946 There are numerous references to damage to the Church and the nearby church rooms in Petyt Place during “1941”, while the nearby Royal Hospital on Kings Road was definitely bombed on the 16th April 1941. www.athomeinnchelsea.com/cheynewalk.htm London does not appear to have been a target for a raid on the night of the 15th/16th April 1941, but was on the night of the 16th/17th, looking at the RAF claims and losses records. Minnie L Hallett Name:HALLETT, MINNLE LILLIAN Age:53 Date of Death:21/07/1944 Additional information:Firewoman, N.F.S.; W.V.S.; of 56 Morden Hall Road, Morden. Wife of Frederick Clarence Hallett. Injured at 56 Morden Hall Road; died same day at Nelson Hospital, Merton. Reporting Authority:MERTON AND MORDEN, URBAN DISTRICT CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=3150860 The first V-1 was launched at London on 13 June 1944, one week after (and prompted by) the successful Allied landing in Europe. At its peak, over a hundred V-1s a day were fired at southeast England, 9,521 in total, decreasing in number as sites were overrun until October 1944, when the last V-1 site in range of Britain was overrun by Allied forces. Approximately 10,000 were fired at England; 2,419 reached London, killing about 6,184 people and injuring 17,981. The greatest density of hits were received by Croydon, on the southeast fringe of London. Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V-1_(flying_bomb) Meg M A S Hargrove Name:HARGROVE, MEG MABEL AGNES STRICKLAND Age:33 Date of Death:08/03/1941 Additional information:A.F.S. W.V.S. Daughter of Lt. Col. Bryan Cole Bartley, C.B.E., and Mrs. Bartley, of Monterey, P.O. Sandown, Johannesburg, S. Africa; wife of Frank Hargrove, of Kiama, Little Marlow Road, Marlow, Buckinghamshire. Injured at Cafe de Paris, Coventry Street; died same day at Charing Cross Hospital. Reporting Authority:WESTMINSTER CITY CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=3123160 The Times of Monday 10 March 1941 carried the news of the bombing of the Cafe de Paris that had occurred on the previous Saturday night. But you had to dig deep to find the story, and indeed to be able to relate it to the incident itself. Wartime reporting maintained a balance between news and maintaining morale, so at first glance the story (see right) seems a little confusing. Described as 'the bright moonlight of Saturday night', the story seems almost romantic in its style, and referring to one of the biggest raids of The Blitz as 'a noisy night' seems to understate things a little. However, some deaths are referred to in the second paragraph. It is then that the Cafe de Paris story is introduced, although masked as 'dancers and diners in a restaurant'. The only clue to the location in London is given in the song title, Oh Johnny, which many must have recognised as a favourite played by Ken Snakehips Johnson and The West Indian Orchestra. The band had a residency there, so if you knew the tune was associated with them, you could probably work out which club had been hit. The description of the aftermath, 'dust and fumes, which blackened faces and frocks' is obviously much changed from the reality of what was left, as evidenced by eye-witnesses after the war. The idea that 'there were many wonderful escapes' again introduces an almost romantic notion of what it was like there. Needless to say, everyone pulls together and does their best to get the injured to hospital. The final paragraph of the part that refers to the Cafe de Paris continues with the 'spririt of The Blitz'. A night club had been blown up, with over 30 dead and 80 injured, and yet 'people living nearby made tea, and passers-by contributed handkerchiefs'. The cabaret girls mentioned in the report were in their dressing room at the time, waiting to come on for their part of the show, and so were shielded from the main blast of the bomb. The report then goes on to describe other incidents that occured the same night. By 6pm on the evening of Sunday 9 March, the London Civil Defence Regional Report showed that 159 people had been killed and 338 seriously injured in 238 incidents on the Saturday night. One of the other bombings that went unmentioned in Monday's Times was at Buckingham Palace, where the North Lodge was demolished, resulting in two fatalities. www.swingtime.co.uk/Reviews/kenjohns/kentimes.html www.nickelinthemachine.com/2009/09/the-cafe-de-paris-the-... In 1939 the Café was allowed to stay open even though theatres and cinemas were closed by order. People gossiped their way through the blackout and the Café was advertised as a safe haven by Martin Poulson, the maitre d', who argued that the four solid storeys of masonry above were ample protection. This tragically proved to be untrue on March 8th 1941 when two 50K landmines came through the Rialto roof straight onto the Café dance floor. Eighty people were killed, including Ken 'Snakehips' Johnston who was performing onstage at the time and Poulson whose words had come back to haunt him. Had the bomb been dropped an hour later, the casualties would have been even higher. www.cafedeparis.com/club/history Fleur Lombard Fleur Lombard QGM (1974 – 4 February 1996) was the first female firefighter to die on duty in peacetime Britain Fleur Lombard was one of only eight women among Avon's 700 firefighters. On graduating in 1994, Lombard received the Silver Axe Award, for most outstanding recruit on her training school. On 4 February 1996, when she was 21 years old, she was fighting a supermarket fire in Staple Hill, near Bristol, when she and her partner, Robert Seaman, were caught in a flashover. She was killed as a direct result of the intense heat and her body was found just a few yards from the exit. Lombard was the first woman to die in peacetime service in Britain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fleur_Lombard www.independent.co.uk/news/jail-for-killer-of-fleur-lomba... news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/73464.stm Dorien L Pullen Name:PULLEN, DORRIEN AISNE Age:29 Date of Death:25/04/1944 Additional information:N.F.S.; of 30 Armadale Road. Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. H. Thair, of 62 Grove Road; wife of L.A.C. Harold James Pullen, R.A.F. Died at 30 Armadale Road. Reporting Authority:CHICHESTER, MUNICIPAL BOROUGH CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=3152523 During World War II there were 3 bombing raids on Chichester. Bombs were dropped on Basin Road in 1941, on Chapel Street and St Martins Street in 1943 and on Arndale and Green Roads in 1944. www.localhistories.org/chichester.html In the same raid Rosina Cox and her son Derek, aged 4, died at 34 Armadale Road, Ada Field, (aged 25) died at 41 Armadale Road, Elsie Gee (aged 28) would die at 32 Armadale Road and there is a Geoffrey Hearn recorded as dieing on the 26th. Helen Sussman Name:SUSSMAN, HELEN Age:25 Date of Death:19/06/1944 Additional information:Firewoman, N.F.S.; of 12 Clydesdale Road. Daughter of Morris and Eva Sussman. Died at 12 Clydesdale Road. Reporting Authority:KENSINGTON, METROPOLITAN BOROUGH CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=3132450 Name:SUSSMAN, EVA Age:48 Date of Death:19/06/1944 Additional information:of 12 Clydesdale Road. Daughter of the late James Harry and Gertrude Soloway, of 13 Chepstow Road, Bayswater; wife of Morris Sussman. Died at 12 Clydesdale Road. Reporting Authority:KENSINGTON, METROPOLITAN BOROUGH CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=3132449 Name:SUSSMAN, MORRIS Age:60 Date of Death:19/06/1944 Additional information:of 12 Clydesdale Road. Husband of Eva Sussman. Died at 12 Clydesdale Road. Reporting Authority:KENSINGTON, METROPOLITAN BOROUGH CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=3132451 June 19.The first V1 to hit Notting Hill killed 20 people along Westbourne Park Road and in Clydesdale Road and Mews, www.historytalk.org/Notting%20Hill%20History%20Timeline/t... Dolcie I A Taylor Name:TAYLOR, DOLCIE ENID AMY Age:33 Date of Death:23/11/1940 Additional information:A.F.S. Telephonist; of Bursay, West End Road, West End. Daughter of J. H. Carter, and of Amy Dawkins Carter. Died at Bursay, West End Road. Reporting Authority:WINCHESTER, RURAL DISTRICT CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=3113022 Name:CARTER, AMY DAWKINS Age:69 Date of Death:23/11/1940 Additional information:of Bursay, West End Road, West End. Wife of J. H. Carter. Died at Bursay, West End Road. Reporting Authority:WINCHESTER, RURAL DISTRICT CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=3113000 Name:CARTER, WINIFRED EMMA DAWKINS Age:38 Date of Death:23/11/1940 Additional information:of Bursay, West End Road, West End. Daughter of J. H. Carter, and of Amy Dawkins Carter. Died at Bursay, West End Road. Reporting Authority:WINCHESTER, RURAL DISTRICT CWGC: www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=3113002 Other casualties at West End on this day include David Stephens, aged 2, of 12, Shales Flats, and Jane Ware, aged 77, of Westwood, West End Road. See Sarah Gane above for details of the Southampton Blitz. Southampton suffered particularly heavy raids on the 23rd and 30th November 1940. The village of West End, to the NE of Southampton may well have suffered as a result. Evelyn Torr Name:TORR, EVELYN Age:43 Date of Death:12/08/1943 Additional information:Firewoman, N.F.S.; of 24 Craigmore Avenue, Stoke. Daughter of Mary Torr, and of James Torr. Died at 24 Craigmore Avenue. Reporting Authority:PLYMOUTH, COUNTY BOROUGH CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=3103029 Name:TORR, JAMES Age:70 Date of Death:12/08/1943 Additional information:of 24 Craigmore Avenue, Stoke. Husband of Mary Torr. Died at 24 Craigmore Avenue. Reporting Authority:PLYMOUTH, COUNTY BOROUGH CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=3103030 Nothing seems to be reported in the mains records – RAF command, or local history sites. Other casualties include Leonard Davey aged 46. Firewatcher; of 17 Melville Road, Stoke. Son of Henry and Emma Davey, of 16 Hanover Road, Laira. Injured at Union Street; died same day at Prince of Wales Hospital, Greenbank. www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=3102309 Arthur Dent aged 42 Fireman, N.F.S. Son of Arthur Richard and Minnie Louisa Dent, of 18 Selborne Avenue, Manor Park, London. Died at 104 Hotspur Terrace, North Road. CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=3102339 Beryl Dibley (aged 14) and Patricia Dibley (aged 3) who died at 100 North Road Thomas Donovan who died at 21 Portland Villas Elsie Hancock, (aged 43) died at Welbeck Avenue Kate Hancock , (aged 73) died at 31 Welbeck Avenue Frederick Harris, (aged 49), died at 37 Glenmore Avenue, Stoke Marjorie Harris, (aged 38), died at 31 Welbeck Avenue Cyril Joy, (aged 44) and his wife Sarah (aged 37) who died at 17 Melville Road William Joy, (aged 46) who died at 104 Hotspur Terrace George Kellond, (age 69) who died at 102 Hotspur Terrace Charlotte Langdon, (aged 77) who died at James Street Edith Ley, (aged 55) who died at 8 Ryder Road Gladys Maxwell, (aged 29) and her sons Roger, (aged 3) and Paul, (aged 18 months) who died at 1, Victoria Lane Blanche Morrell who was injured at 25 Craigmore Avenue, Stoke on the 12th and subsequently died of her injuries on the 14th Sidney Murrin (aged 65), died at Millbay Station Jean Sanders, (aged 12) died at 35 Welbeck Avenue Beatrice Sayer, (aged 57) and her brother Thomas, (aged 64), died at 28 James Street Elizabeth Shute, (aged 73) injured at 35 Welbeck Avenue on the 12th and succumced to their effects on the 24th. George Thomas (aged 41) Fireman, N.F.S. Son of Harriet Grace Thomas, of 7 Fairfield Road, Ongar, Essex, and of the late Edmund Haviland Thomas. Died at 104 North Road. www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=3103016 George Tucker, (aged 57) who died at 38 Glenmore Avenue, Stoke Ernest Watts, (aged 34) who died at 104 Hotspur Road Louisa Williams, (aged 64) who died at 26 Craigmore Avenue A photograph of two Plymouth firewomen can be seen here www.devonheritage.org/Places/Plymouth/Plymouth5JtoL.htm Dorothy S Watson Name:WATSON, DOROTHY SMITH Age:39 Date of Death:30/06/1944 Additional information:N.F.S. Daughter of Elizabeth Catherine Watson, of 385 Brompton Road, Bexley Heath, Kent, and of the late Frederick Watson. Injured at Connaught House, Aldwych; died same day at Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street. Reporting Authority:HOLBORN, METROPOLITAN BOROUGH CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=3131109 The V-1 fell in the middle of the street between Bush House and Adastral House, the home of the Air Ministry, at 2:07 p.m., making a direct hit on one of the city’s main loci of power, the site of the Aldwych holy well, directly on the London ley line. Brilliant blue skies turned to grey fog and darkness. The device exploded some 40 yards east of the junction of Aldwych and Kingsway, about 40 feet from the Air Ministry offices opposite the east wing of Bush House. The Air Ministry’s 10-foot-tall blast walls, made of 18-inch-thick brick, disintegrated immediately, deflecting the force of the explosion up and down the street. Hundreds of panes of glass shattered, blowing razor-sharp splinters through the air. The Air Ministry women watching at the windows were sucked out of Adastral House by the vacuum and dashed to death on the street below. Men and women queuing outside the Post Office were torn to pieces. Shrapnel peppered the facades of Bush House and the Air Ministry like bullets. When the counting was done, about fifty people were killed, 400 seriously wounded, another 200 lightly injured. secretfire.wordpress.com/the-aldwych-v-1-blast-june-30-1944/ www.westendatwar.org.uk/page_id__10_path__0p2p.aspx www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/32/a7019732.shtml Joan E B Wilson Name:WILSON, JOAN EMMA BESSIE Age:24 Date of Death:08/03/1941 Additional information:Women's Auxiliary Fire Service; Daughter of Mrs. M. Wilson, of 8 Northcourt Avenue, Reading, Berkshire. Died at Cafe de Paris, Coventry Street. Reporting Authority:WESTMINSTER CITY CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=3123851 See Meg Hargrove above for more details on this incident. Not on the memorial, but on one of the site listed above Alice Jessica Gifford, aged 21 is recorded as a Firewoman in the NFS. www.devonheritage.org/Places/Plymouth/Plymouth5GtoI.htm However CWGC database lists her as a civilian. Name:GIFFORD, ALICE JESSICA Date of Death:03/07/1944 Additional information:at Plymouth. Reporting Authority:PLYMOUTH, COUNTY BOROUGH CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=3102436
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