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Terence Breen

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Terence Breen

Person  Male  Born 19/5/1932  Died 17/7/1969

Fireman killed in the Dudgeon's Wharf explosion.

Andrew Behan has researched Breen: Fireman Terence Joseph Patrick Breen was born on 19 May 1932 and his birth was registered in Stepney. He was a son of Patrick Breen and Catherine Breen née Wilson. His father was a Public Works Contractor's Labourer. The 1932 England & Wales Register shows the family living at 89 Cornwallis Road, Dagenham.

Married with three children, on 17 July 1969 he was attached to Fire Station F22 Brunswick Road, (this station was closed in the 1970's and given listed grade II listed status and its address is now 30 Gillender Street,London, E14 6RH), and was sent to a fire at Dudgeon's Wharf, Manchester Road, Millwall. He died, aged 37 years, from injuries resulting from an explosion involving flammable vapours in an old oil tank that was in the process of being demolished. He had twelve years service in the London Fire Brigade. Probate records dated 2 December 1969 stating administration of his estate was granted gives his address as 71 Eastbrook Drive, Rush Green, Romford. His effects totalled £7,220. He is also commemorated on the National Firefighters Memorial in Sermon Lane, London, EC4.

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Dudgeon's Wharf explosion - oblong plaque

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Dudgeon's Wharf explosion - red plaque

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