Invicta School bombing – 70 years on

From CAFC fan site Charlton Life, a message from contributor Tom Hovi:

On 14th November 1940, Invicta Road School near Blackheath Standard, was being used as an Auxiliary Fire Station when it was destroyed by a Parachute Mine killing 12 firemen and 2 civilians. The charity Firemen Remembered is planning on erecting a memorial plaque at the school to honour those killed and to create a lasting memorial to their sacrifice.

If anyone knows any surviving family members or descendants of those killed, or the descendants of anyone who served at this AFS Station during the war, we’d love to hear from them as we would like to invite them if possible to the unveiling.

You can either contact Stephanie Maltman of Firemen Remembered via www.firemenremembered.co.uk.

There have been some hitches with the plan since it was first announced earlier this year – the original idea was to unveil it today, the 70th anniversary of the attack. But the charity is still hoping to to do something next year.

Photo courtesy of the London Fire Brigade archive.

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One Response to Invicta School bombing – 70 years on

  1. Mary says:

    I suppose I was thinking we could do with a lot more plaques to those who died in the blitz. It seems to have taken us fifty years to come to terms with what happened in London and to try and commemorate the thousands who died. Firemen are putting up memorials, and busmen too – at Elmers End and Purley garages. By chance this morning I read that below Kennington Park lie an unknown number of bodies of those who died – and lie where they died – in a bomb hit on an underground shelter. Can we even begin to think about the circumstances that led people to leave their neighbours there like that? There are many sites in Charlton, where, apart from anything else, the Siemens works was a prime target. I am pretty sure that Hartwell and Phipps Houses are built on bomb sites.
    – and – perhaps a Charlton site is the wrong place to ask – but in the 1970s Zampa Road in Deptford was being cleared. In the rubble was a tiny war memorial to the people of Zampa Road who died in the blitz. Has anyone any idea what happened to it?

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