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Firefighters who died in 1941 bomb blast remembered at Stratford station

PUBLISHED: 13:37 22 March 2013 | UPDATED: 13:37 22 March 2013

Josephine Mills, daughter of Chief Officer Cyril Demarne with Roy Goodey,right, and Neil Bloxham, from charity Firemen Remembered, pay tribute to the five firemen from Beckenham and West Ham who died in a bomb blast in 1941.

Josephine Mills, daughter of Chief Officer Cyril Demarne with Roy Goodey,right, and Neil Bloxham, from charity Firemen Remembered, pay tribute to the five firemen from Beckenham and West Ham who died in a bomb blast in 1941.

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Firefighters formed a guard of honour on Wednesday in memory of six men who died in a World War Two bomb blast.

The White Watch from Stratford Fire Station together with Roy Goodey and Neil Bloxham, from charity Firemen Remembered, pay their respect to the five firemen from Beckenham and West Ham who died in a bomb blast in 1941.The White Watch from Stratford Fire Station together with Roy Goodey and Neil Bloxham, from charity Firemen Remembered, pay their respect to the five firemen from Beckenham and West Ham who died in a bomb blast in 1941.

Crews gathered at Stratford Fire Station to officially unveil a plaque that will be installed on Plaistow Road where an enemy bomb struck, killing five members of Beckenham Auxiliary Fire Service and one West Ham Auxiliary fireman on the night of March 19 1941.

The memorial service, conducted by the Rev Stennet Kirby, was organised by charity Firemen Remembered with Newham Borough Fire Commander Wayne Brown and Stratford Fire Station manager Alan Lamb in attendance.

Also taking part in the service was Josephine Mills, daughter of Cyril Demarne OBE Chief Officer of the West Ham Fire Brigade and National Fire Service from 1925 to 1955, who was honoured on the plaque below the men who died.

The Beckenham firefighters who died that night were Charles Wesley Drew, Dennis Gerald Fitzgerald, Frederick Walter Moore, Leslie John Parker, and Stanley Short.

The West Ham firefighter was Harold George Hugget.


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