Cranfield

Charles E. Cranfield was Town Clerk of West Ham from 1929 to 1945 and seen here in his wig and robes of office

Cranfield

F J Eid WW2 Medals

Frederick Joseph Eid, of 37 Albert Road, Silvertown, was born on 17th July 1906 and died 16th June 1979. Mr Eid served in the Guards as a regular soldier between the wars, transferring to the Royal Tank Regiment and later to the Royal Army Service Corps (In this photograph he is wearing the RTR shoulder flash and tank badge). His medals are: 1939-45 Star; Africa Star (a clasp is missing from this, which was probably awarded for service in the 8th Army); Italy Star; the Defence Medal and War Medal.


The Eid family came to Britain from Prussia. According to the 1891 census Jacob Eid was a baker and he and his wife, Louisa, lived at 36 Andrew Street, Silvertown. The 1901 census lists the family at 40 Constance Street, as a grocer and baker. By 1949 this was Eid Bros., bakers. The family continued trading into the 1960s from a shop in Cranbrook Road, West Silvertown.


Part of Newham Heritage & Archives collection


 

F J Eid WW2 Medals

Museum

The former Passmore Edwards Museum had an active archaeology section and a busy school loans service. Here we see a member of the museum staff at work.

Museum

G Broadley WW2 Medals

George Broadley was officer in charge, Stretcher Parties, West Ham Casualty Service. He was involved in incidents at South Hallsville School Holborn Road and Jersey Road.


He was awarded the George Medal 4th April 1941. The George Medal is the second highest honour for bravery for a civilian.                      Also shown is his Defence Medal which was awarded for three years service in Great Britain, six months abroad or three months in a mine or bomb-disposal units. (attachment shows reverse of the medals)


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G Broadley WW2 Medals

Military Medal F J Redman

Military Medal awarded to Frederick John Redman


Private F J Redman, 108395, served in 21 Machine Gun Corps. He was advanced to Acting Lance Corporal and, later, to Sergeant.


In addition to the two WW1 service medals on this web site, he also gained the Military Medal "for bravery in the field" in France during the First World War. This was announced in the London Gazette of 21st October, 1918. Unfortunately, editions of the Gazette were lost in World War 2 and the citation is not available. (attachment shows reverse of medal)


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As well as medals awarded for service in the First World War, Mr Redman further distinguished himself as a civilian in the Second World War. The George Medal (image on this web-site) was awarded when he was working at the Gas Light and Coke Company as Chief Valve-man. Redman and several other men were awarded the GM for their courageous action.


Military Medal F J Redman

George Medal F J Redman

George Medal awarded to Frederick John Redman.


As well as medals awarded for service in the First World War, (Images on this web-site) Mr Redman further distinguished himself as a civilian in the Second World War. The George Medal was awarded when he was working at the Gas Light and Coke Company as Chief Valve-man. Redman and several other men were awarded the GM for their courageous action. The following is an extract of the report, as it relates to Redman, which appeared in the Supplement to the London Gazette of 21 March, 1941:-


Mr. Redman was responsible for saving the gas holders by turning off the valves, a long and difficult process.  To do this he worked between blazing sheds and pumping stations with bombs falling all round.  There was the added danger of exploding mains and gas fumes.  Redman displayed great courage and endurance.


(see attachment for reverse side of medal)


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George Medal F J Redman

Canning Town Old Station

From the way the people are dressed this is a very early photo of the station 


Newham Heritage & Archives (Stratford)

Canning Town Old Station

Royal Standard North Woolwich

Public House at 116 Albert Road North Woolwich, on the corner of Pier Road. In the 1874 P.O. Directory (Still open)


Photo Newham Heritage & Archives (Stratford)

Royal Standard North Woolwich

Royal Pavillion North Woolwich

River front public house/hotel, 2 High Street (later changed to Pier Road) North Woolwich. It is in the 1850 Post Office Directory. It was demolished in 2002/2003. In the photo you can see the raised river walls, built-up because of Thames Barrier which opened on 18th May 1984, also the gantry holding the road signs for the Free Ferry.


Newham Heritage & Archives (Stratford) 

Royal Pavillion North Woolwich

Albert Road Sewer Works 1901

Photo shows, E. Loughin's Grocery shop at No78 (it was shown as run by Timothy Murphey in the 1902-03 Kellys directory) J. Mc.Kirdy's fancy Drapery Shop at No79, it was still there in 1902-03 Kellys, and Silvertown Methodist Church. The road is being dug up for sewer works.


Photo Newham Heritage & Archives (Stratford)

Albert Road Sewer Works 1901
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