Hero of Silvertown explosion to be honoured with blue plaque

Dr Andrea Angel, chief chemist at the Brunner Mond Works Picture: Newham Archives

Dr Andrea Angel, chief chemist at the Brunner Mond Works Picture: Newham Archives - Credit: Archant

A hero chemist who was killed in the Silvertown explosion while attempting to rescue others will be honoured with a blue plaque.

A newspaper report on the funeral of Dr Angel

A newspaper report on the funeral of Dr Angel - Credit: Archant

Dr Andrea Angel, manager at the Brunner Mond munitions factory, led the evacuation after a fire broke out on January 19, 1917 and he immediately realised it would prove devastating.

He rushed back inside the burning building, fearing some of the workers were still inside.

Seconds later it exploded, killing the 40-year-old instantly.

He was posthumously awarded an Albert medal for his heroism by King George V, and now, more than 100 years on, he is to be recognised for his bravery once more.


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On Saturday, July 14, a blue plaque is to be put up in Oxford, where he studied and then worked at the university.

The plaque, which is part of a scheme to recognise of people, places and events of significance, will be erected on the side of one of the university buildings.

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For more information, visit oxfordshireblueplaques.org.uk

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