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Silvertown explosion hero recognised with blue plaque

PUBLISHED: 11:56 16 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:56 16 July 2018

Dr Andrea Angel, chief chemist at the Brunner Mond Works

Dr Andrea Angel, chief chemist at the Brunner Mond Works

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When a fire broke out in a Silvertown munitions factory in 1917, Andrea Angel knew how dangerous it could be.

The plaque to Dr Andrea Angel Picture: Eda ForbesThe plaque to Dr Andrea Angel Picture: Eda Forbes

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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