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    Default The Dudgeons Wharf Explosion.... 17th July 1969

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    Dudgeons Wharf Explosion
    The 17th July 1969 saw a tragic and sudden explosion take the lives of 5 of Londonís firemen.
    A fire started when workmen were cutting up old oil storage tanks. The fire brigade was called, and while firemen were on the tank attempting to quell the fire the oil tank exploded. This was the greatest loss of London firefighters in a single incident since the war.

    Fireman John Victor Appleby - London Fire Brigade
    He left a widow and 3 children
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    Fireman Trevor Joseph Breen - London Fire Brigade
    He left a widow and 3 children
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    Fireman Trevor Paul Carvosso - London Fire Brigade
    He left a widow.
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    Temporary Sub. Officer Michael William Gamble - London Fire Brigade
    He left a wife
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    Fireman A. C. Smee - London Fire Brigade
    Left a wife


    Those lost were from F23 Millwall Fire Station and F22 Poplar...where I served a lot of my career.... Never forgotten in my part of London.
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    I was but a wee lad of 15 months of age when this happened. But such things are never truly forgotten by those who were there.

    ...Age shall not weary them, nor will they be forgotten....

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    Quote Originally Posted by MalahatTwo7 View Post
    I was but a wee lad of 15 months of age when this happened. But such things are never truly forgotten by those who were there.

    ...Age shall not weary them, nor will they be forgotten....
    You and me both mate.... I was a week short of my first Birthday...obviously I knew noting of what happened just a couple of miles down the road from where I lived, but I was aware of it when I got older and started to take an interest in the job.
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    I believe a "civvy" used a gas axe to cut bolts on the pipework at the base of the tank.He died in the explosion too.

    I had been in the job for 7 years when this happened and it really shook us --I was in the old "H" Div and I think H31's ET went on.

    As you say "Never forgotten" especially from us guys who could have been involved.

    Rest easy,mates.
    "If you thought it was hard getting into the job--wait until you have to hang the "fire gear"up and walk away!"
    Harry Lauder 1981.Me on the left!

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