Horace William Field
Person Male Born 13/3/1890 Died 18/9/1940
Member of the ARP/Civil Defence Services - stretcher bearer.
Andrew Behan has kindly provided this research: Horace William Field was born 13 March 1890 in Limehouse, the 3rd of the seven children of William Henry Field and Louisa Field, née Kitchener. His father had been a sailor but at the time of his birth had become a riverside labourer.
He was baptised on 4 April 1890 at St Peters Church, Limehouse and the family were living at 4 Park Street, Limehouse. The 1891 census confirms that the family were still living at this address, but by the time of the 1901 census they had moved in with his maternal grandfather at 14 Phoebe Street, Poplar.
His mother died in 1909 and the 1911 census shows him living with his father, maternal grandfather and one younger brother at 14 Phoebe Street. His occupation was recorded as a Lead Worker in a capsule factory.
The 1939 England and Wales Register shows him, still as a single man, living with his father at 14 Phoebe Street. His occupation was recorded as a street trader - general and that he was serving in Aid Raid Precautions with Poplar Borough Council. It was whilst acting as an A.R.P. Stretcher Bearer that he died, aged 50 years, on 18 September 1940 when a high explosive bomb fell on Saunders Ness Road School, Isle of Dogs, London, E.14, that was being used as Auxiliary Fire Service Sub Station No.35U. He was buried on 23 September 1940 at the City of London and Tower Hamlets Cemetery, Southern Grove, London, E3 4PX. He is also commemorated in the Civilian War Dead Roll of Honour, located near St. George's Chapel in Westminster Abbey.