The Silvertown Explosion

By kind permission of John King, Author

There was a massive explosion on 19 January 1917 at the Brunner Mond Chemical Works in Silvertown, North Woolwich, some miles from Grove Park, but which was, nevertheless, felt here. Sixty-nine people were killed in Silvertown. So intense was the blast that several doors burst open and windows were broken in Grove Park houses. A private in the Orderly Room at the Barracks was blown off a chair on which he happened to be standing putting away documents. That night the ASC’S ambulances journeyed to the other side of the Thames to help in the rescue work.

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