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 Norman Richard Mountjoy

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Norman Richard Mountjoy

Birth
Royal Borough of Greenwich, Greater London, England
Death 20 Apr 1941 (aged 29)
Poplar, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Greater London, England
Burial West Wickham, London Borough of Bromley, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 24668008 View Source
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Norman was a fireman with the Beckenham Auxillary Fire Service. He was 30 years old and the son of George and Lily Mountjoy, of 11 Ash Grove, West Wickham, Kent; husband of Olive Mountjoy. Died at Old Palace L.C.C. School. He is interred with his brother-in-law,Ernest Reginald Beadle also a fireman who was 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.)"

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His grave is immediately to the left of the AFS Memorial

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