Local Blitz firefighters honoured

Three firefighters that died in Hackney during the Blitz were honoured at a special ceremony on Monday (February 27).

The servicemen’s names have been added to the plaque at the Civic Memorial in Hackney Town Hall Square. They are: auxillary fireman Albert Clarke who died during service in Tabernacle Street, Shoreditch in 1941; auxillary fireman M Van Holst; who died in service in Stoke Newington in 1940 and finally fireman Leonard Wilmore who died in Hackney Hospital in 1941.

Among those attending the ceremony were representatives of the local Fire Brigade Service and professional organisation Firefighters Remembered, Deputy Lieutenant Colonel Roderick Morriss, Mayor of Hackney Jules Pipe and Cllr Sophie Linden.

Speaker of Hackney, Cllr Susan Fajana-Thomas unveiled the plaque. She said: “It was my honour to present a permanent record of these brave men who died while helping to protect Hackney. Having these plaques in a prominent position will serve as a reminder to local people of their heroic actions.”