Plaque | War served | WW2

Rathbone Street WW2 fire station - Harry Errington

Erection date: /11/2020

Inscription

On the night of 17th September 1940 during The Blitz, a London Auxiliary Fire Station stood on this site when it was hit by a bomb.

Fireman Harry Ehrengott (Errington), son of Jewish immigrants living in Soho, was awarded the George Cross, the highest award for valour alongside the VC - when he saved two firemen colleagues from the flaming ruins of the Station.

Be strong and of good courage (Joshua 1:9)
{repeated in Hebrew}

Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation
Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women, Stamford Hill and Hackney branch.

Site: Rathbone Street WW2 fire station (2 memorials)

W1, Rathbone Street

The plaques are around the driveway entrance under the building to the left in our photo. However, photos at Fitzrovia News make us think that the building that was being used as a fire station and that was hit by the bomb was the building to the right in our photo, with the curved arches over the first floor windows. The photos show that it had been a garage before being taken over by the fire service. Our thoughts about the buildings and the arch way are supported by the description of Errington's route to safety.

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Rathbone Street WW2 fire station - Harry Errington

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The Blitz

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World War 2

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Auxiliary Fire Service / AFS

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Fireman Harry Errington

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Rathbone Street WW2 fire station - Harry Errington

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Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation

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Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women

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Rathbone Street WW2 fire station - Harry Errington

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Rathbone Street WW2 fire station - AFS

Rathbone Street WW2 fire station - AFS

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