|Death: ||Dec. 8, 1940|
Greater London, England
Fireman-National Fire Service-Civilian casualty of WWII. He was 32 and the husband of Maud Winifred Hammersley, of 26 Pelly Road, Plaistow. Injured at Gainsborough Road School- died same day at St. Mary's Hospital.
Inquest held: WEST HAM, COUNTY BOROUGH
Most of his colleagues who perished in this incident are interred at East London Cemetery.
The firemen were in the premises of Gainsborough Road School, West Ham - which was used as Sub Fire Station 16 under West Ham Fire Brigade - when it received a direct hit from a high-explosive bomb at 9.50pm.
The bomb landed on the girls' cookery annexe - at that time a dormitory for the firemen, ten of whom were asleep in anticipation of the night's work to come.
Sited within minutes of all West Ham's major targets in an area of East London that suffered some of the heaviest bombing of the Blitz, Gainsborough Road was among the busiest stations of the war.
10 firemen were killed,some instantly, some later died of injuries in hospital - the first 7 of those named were buried at East London Cemetery on 17th December, the other 3 were interred privately and the 11th name, their Station Padre/ARP Warden, died of injuries received in a different incident in March 1941.
The commemorative plaque at Gainsborough School is listed by the United Kingdom National Index of War Memorials under ref:NIWM 56413-the photographs shown on this memorial page were kindly provided by the charity "Firemen Remembered"
EDWARD WILLIAM BADLAND
Age: 31,-104 Adamson Road. Husband of K. Badland.
Age: 29,- Son of Mr. A. Cumberland, of 75 Earnshawe Drive, Leyland, Lancashire; husband of Irene Cumberland, of 9 Liddington Road.
FREDERICK WILLIAM DELL
Age: 37,- of 55 Harvey Road, Ilford.
ALBERT CHARLES EYRE
Age: 47,- of 60 Woodford Road, Forest Gate. Husband of Grace M. Eyre.
Age: 33,- of 33 Durham Road. Injured 8 December 1940, at Gainsborough Road School; died at St. Mary's Hospital at some time between 9th December and 31st December 1940.
ARTHUR EDWARD MURRAY
Age: 37,- of 151 Major Road, Stratford. Son of Frederick Murray; husband of Agnes Murray.
WALTER JAMES PALMER
Age: 33,- Son of Elias Charles Palmer, of 42 Star Lane, Canning Town; husband of Thora Marjorie Palmer, of the same address.
The two victims of the 1940 incident listed below were interred privately elsewhere.
FREDERICK GEORGE GAGE
Age: 32,-Husband of Alice Elizabeth Gage, of 191 Oxlow Lane, Dagenham. Injured 8 December 1940, at Gainsborough Road School; died at St. Mary's Hospital the following day.
Age: 26, - Son of Ernest and Mable McEwen, of 5 Pettits Lane, Romford; husband of Aileen Gwenda McEwen, of 48 Main Road, Romford.
The undermentioned is listed on the marker but died in a later incident.
REV WILLIAM DAVID TARLING
Date of Death: 21/03/1941
Air Raid Warden and Padre at AFS Station no. 16 -Gainsborough Road School; of St. Matthias Vicarage, Hermit Road. Husband of Clarice Tarling. Injured 19 March 1941, at Hermit Road; died at St. Mary's Hospital.A road nearby was named in his honour.
Inscription on the East London Cemetery Memorial:
KILLED BY ENEMY ACTION IN EXECUTION OF THEIR DUTY ON SUNDAY 8 DECEMBER 1940 AT GAINSBOROUGH ROAD SCHOOL NO 16 AFS STATION WEST HAM E15
Note: INSCRIBED SCROLL-SHAPED HEADSTONE INCORPORATED IN BRICK BACKING-UKNIWM Ref: 39134
Note: see East London Cemetery memorial-http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=49050240
Woodgrange Park Cemetery
London Borough of Newham
Greater London, England
Plot: Square 41-north of dividing pathway
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: geoffrey gillon
Record added: Jul 20, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55206920