Denis Gerald Fitzgerald
Person Male Born 20/6/1912 Died 19/3/1941
Fireman killed as a result of an air raid on Plaistow Road, E15 on 19 March 1941. Andrew Behan has kindly carried out some research on this man:
Denis Gerald Fitzgerald was born on 20 June 1912 in Croydon, Surrey, the son of William Fitzgerald and Mabel Annie Fitzgerald née Theobald. His father was a Baker. He was baptised on 8 September 1912 at St John the Baptist Church, Croydon and the family were living at 50 Old Town, Croydon. In 1939 he married Gwendoline Emily Avern and the 1939 England and Wales register shows them living at 30 Keswick Road, West Wickham, Kent. His occupation was recorded as a Bank Clerk.
He joined the Auxiliary Fire Service and was attached to Coney Hall Auxiliary Fire Station, West Wickham, Kent. He was killed, aged 28 years, on 19 March 1941, together with four other colleagues who were aboard a pump, one of a convoy, that was travelling to a fire in Silvertown and that was obliterated in a land-mine explosion in Plaistow Road, West Ham. He and his four colleagues were buried in a communal grave in St John the Baptist Churchyard, Layhams Road, West Wickham.