|Death: ||Oct. 24, 1944|
Civilian Casualty of WWII,Frederick was a Fireman/Driver in the N.F.S.(National Fire Service.) He was 34 and lived at Library House, Orsett Road. He left a widow, Norah Burnett. Injured 23 October 1944, at Library House, Orsett Road He died at Isolation Hospital, Little Thurrock.
Inquest Held: THURROCK, URBAN DISTRICT
William Frank Merritt and Louisa Merritt(nee Adger) were subsequently interred in his grave.
Monday 23rd October 1944 at 7.45pm saw the worst single incident that Thurrock had suffered. A Flying Bomb fell in Titan pit behind Grays library demolishing ‘Pitview' garage where the well-known local couple, Mr Herbert Thomas Paxman and Mrs Mary Ann Polly Paxman lived.They carried on the businesses of 'Reliance' taxis and Paxman Haulage.Mrs Paxman, aged 72, was trapped in the collapsed building of Pitt View Bungalow, Brooke Road,and died on the way to hospital, though the inquest report held in Thurrock Urban District has it that she died at the Isolation Hospital, Little Thurrock.
Fred Burnett was Grays Library's caretaker as well as being an NFS Fireman. His home was badly damaged and he was killed. Fred's wife and baby survived.A row of houses in Cromwell Road which backed on to the pit were destroyed. Fred was laid to rest on 27th October-his coffin was borne to the church on a fire tender.
Source: Thurrock Goes to War by Roger Reynolds, M.V.O. and Jonathan Catton.
Thurrock Unitary Authority
Plot: Grave No 536 Section Cons
Created by: geoffrey gillon
Record added: Apr 02, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67795996