A plaque near Blackfriars Bridge reads
In memory of 11 London Auxiliary Firemen, a Sub officer of the London Fire Brigade and five Mitcham Auxiliary Firemen, killed by enemy action while relaying water from the basement of the demolished Surrey Theatre, which stood on this site and was then used as an emergency water supply, to fires at the Elephant and Castle on the night of 10th/11th of May 1941
The five firemen from Mitcham are listed below. The links are to Commonwealth War Grave Commission web page entries.
|Cecil Arthur ELLIMAN||Fireman||32||75 Longthornton Road, Mitcham|
|Harold Charles PARKES||Fireman||40||15 Homefield Gardens, Mitcham|
|Edward George PEPPER||Fireman||32||1 Aberdeen Terrace, Merton|
|Ernest Francis ROBINSON||Fireman||35||49 Courtney Road, Collier’s Wood|
|Albert Henry SPILLER||Leading Fireman||34||24 Heyford Road, Mitcham|
Source of age and address is the Commonwealth War Grave Commission website.
Probate for Edward George Pepper
PEPPER Edward George of 1 Aberdeen-terrace Merton London SW19 who is believed to have been killed through war operations on 12 May 1941 and whose dead body was found on 12 May 1941 at Surrey Theatre Blackfriars-road Surrey
Administration Llandudno 4 July to Kathleen Isabel Pepper widow. Effects £329 14s. 10d.