Silvertown explosion hero recognised with blue plaque
PUBLISHED: 11:56 16 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:56 16 July 2018
When a fire broke out in a Silvertown munitions factory in 1917, Andrea Angel knew how dangerous it could be.
The chief chemist urged factory workers to run for safety while he attempted to put out the fire, a decision which ultimately cost him his life.
Now his bravery has been recognised with a blue plaque, which was installed outside his former home in Oxford on Saturday.
Prior to the First World War, Dr Angel had been a lecturer at the university there, and his chemistry skills saw him become chief chemist at the Brunner Mond TNT factory in Silvertown.
The explosion at the factory killed the 40-year-old instantly, and he was posthumously recognised for his bravery.
He left behind a wife, Mary, and two daughters - the youngest of which was the Hollywood actress Heather Angel, who starred in a host of films during 1930s and 40s.
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