Person Female Born 1922 Died 18/9/1940
Firewoman with the Auxiliary Fire Service. Killed during an air-raid at Cubitt Town School which was being used as an emergency depot. She was aged 18.
Andrew Behan has researched Bartlett: Firewoman Joan Fanny Mary Bliss Bartlett was born in Poplar and her birth was registered in the 1st quarter of 1922. She was the third of the four children of George Robert Bliss Bartlett (1882-1928) and Ellen Jane Bartlett née Williamson (1885-1953). Her father was a dock labourer who, during World War One, had served as a private, firstly in the Royal West Surrey Regiment before being transferred to the Labour Corps. The birth of her elder sister, Georgina F. M. B. Bartlett (1917-1917), was registered in Poplar in third quarter of 1917, but she died in infancy and her death was registered in the fourth quarter of 1917 in Poplar. Her brother, Ernest George Robert Bliss Bartlett (1919-1983) was born on 30 April 1919 in Poplar. The birth of her younger sister, Ceceilia E. M. Bartlett (1926-1926), was registered in the first quarter of 1926 in Poplar, but she too died in infancy and her death was recorded in the third quarter of 1926 in Poplar.
According to both the Metropolitan Borough of Poplar's Register of Civilian World War Two Deaths and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, she was the daughter of G and E. G. R. Bartlett and lived at 61 Henia Street, but it would appear that both these organisations have incorrectly recorded the initials of her parents.
She was a telephonist for the Auxiliary Fire Service and died of injuries resulting from enemy action, aged 18 years, on 18 September 1940, when a parachute mine fell on AFS Fire Station 35U, located at St Luke's Church of England Primary School, Saunders Ness Road, London, E14 3EB.
She was buried with Firewoman Violet Irene Pengelly on 10 October 1940 at the City of London and Tower Hamlets Cemetery, Southern Grove, London, E3 4PX. Her name is recorded on both the National Firefighters Memorial, Carter Lane Gardens, St Paul's Churchyard, London, EC4M 8BX and on a plaque at St Luke's School that lists not only both firewomen but also the other 24 Civil Defence personnel who were killed by this one bomb. She is also recorded in the Civilian War Dead Roll of Honour held in St George's Chapel, Westminster Abbey.
This photo is from a page on London Fire Journal about Bartlett and Pengelly where no information is given about the photo but, 'save image as' and you see it is named 'Bartlett Sisters'. However Andrew's research above shows that Joan Bartlett did not have a sister living at the time she was in the Auxiliary Fire Service. They don't even look like sisters and we think the photo probably shows Bartlett and Pengelly, but which is which we could not say.