|Death: ||Apr. 2, 1941|
Ernest, or Reginald, the name by which he was known, was a fireman with the Beckenham Auxillary Fire Service during WWII. He was killed aged 32 at the Old Palace London County Council School in Poplar, East London. He lived at 211 Birkbeck Road, Beckenham, the husband of Florence M. Beadle. His parents were E. A. and A. Beadle of 57 Ravenscroft Road, Beckenham, Kent.
He was interred with his brother-in-law, Norman Richard Mountjoy, who was also a fireman and killed in the same incident.
"On the night of 19th/20th April 1941, bombing was heavy in the Poplar area. Crews from other parts of London, including Hackney and Homerton, and twenty-one men from Beckenham were called in to assist, as often happened. Crews outside an area where it may have been less busy were sent to reinforce others in areas that were hard pressed. They were sent to the Old Palace School, a sub station under Brunswick Road, to stand-by waiting to be directed where they were needed most. The crews from Beckenham had hardly arrived at the school and were waiting with others in the playground, when the school suffered a direct hit from a landmine. Thirty-two men, twenty-one of them from Beckenham, and two auxiliary firewomen who were in the watchroom, were killed. It is the largest loss of fire brigade lives ever, in peacetime or war. Nineteen of the Beckenham men are buried together in the then Elmers End Cemetery, now Beckenham Crematorium. (history by Stephanie Maltman-June 2010.)"
Note: His grave is immediately to the left of the AFS Memorial.
St John the Baptist Churchyard
London Borough of Bromley
Greater London, England
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