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)
Part of Newham Heritage & Archives collection
Tar was one of the many by-products from Beckton Gas Works, derived from burning coal, either for coke production or the gasification of coal.
This crane is busy breaking up solidified tar at Beckton Gas works ready to be loaded for transport.
Descriptive account in the Kentish Independent for 5th June 1880 of a trip to North Woolwich and Beckton when much of the (then) new industry, docks and housing was developing.
Jerry -built housing in Beckton Road, about 1890. The demand for workers in the new and rapidly growing industrial areas of the borough created a huge demand for more housing.
The University of East London's Docklands campus was the first new university campus to be built in London for over fifty years.