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Alan C. Barber

Alan C. Barber

Person  Male 

Categories: Armed Forces, Tragedy

Fireman killed as a result of an air raid on Old Palace School,, Bow, E3 on 20 April 1941.

Our colleague Andrew Behan has kindly researched this man: Born 15/5/1914 Died 20/4/1941 Auxiliary Fireman Alan Charles Barber was born 15 May 1914 in West Norwood, Surrey, the son of William Charles Edward Barber and Ethel Barber née Langton. His father was a Carpenter and Joiner who had served in both the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Air Force during World War One. The family lived at 120 Gipsy Road, West Norwood. In early 1937 he married Winifred Rose Grant and electoral registers show that they lived at 46 Thornlaw Road, West Norwood.

The 1939 England and Wales Register shows him as member of the Auxiliary Fire Service at the Elmers End Road London Passenger Transport Board Garage, Section No.3 AFS, Beckenham and his normal occupation was shown as a Builder and Decorator. He and his wife moved to 6 Fairford Close, Shirley, Croydon, Surrey. He died when a German bomb landed on Auxiliary Fire Service Sub Station 24U, which was housed in Old Palace LCC School, St. Leonards Street, Poplar, aged 26 years, on 20 April 1941. He was buried at Beckenham Cemetery and Crematorium, Elmers End Road, Beckenham, BR3 4TD. Administration of his estate was granted to his widow and his effects totalled £886-14s-0d.

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