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Stanley Short

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Stanley Short

Person  Male  Born 1/11/1904  Died 19/3/1941

Categories: Armed Forces, Tragedy

Countries: South Africa

Leading 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:

Stanley Short was born on 1 November 1904, the son Henry John Short and Charlotte Short née Harland. He and his mother travelled from Cape Town, South Africa, aboard the Union Castle Mail Steamship Co Ltd's 'Gloucester Castle' arriving in Southampton, Hampshire on 28 September 1912. In 1926 he married Hannah Beatrice Youngs in Greenwich and they had two boys. They divorced in 1934 and in 1936 he married  Florence Lilian Bates in Deptford. The 1939 England and Wales register shows them both living at 94 Addington Road, West Wickham, Kent and his occupation was listed as a Warehouseman-Elevator.

He joined the Auxiliary Fire Service and was attached to Coney Hall Auxiliary Fire Station, West Wickham. He was killed, aged 36 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. Administration of his estate was granted to his widow and his effects totalled £820.

I found the information relating to his parents, his entry into this country and his divorce in the same public family tree that supplied the image. I have no reason to believe them to be inaccurate, but I could not trace any UK records about this aspect of his life and so I can't verify those particular details.

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