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Digital Gallery Images

The Gallery includes images of the borough's streets and buildings and portraits of people and communities. The Digital Gallery images are displayed as thumbnails. Full size images can be viewed by clicking on a thumbnail.

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Photographic copies can be obtained from Tower Hamlets Local Studies and Archives (there is a charge for this service) or a maximum of 5 digital copies can be emailed to you. If you would like to use the images for publication or display please contact us at


West India Docks 1940s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Second World War, Auxilliary Fire Service (AFS) Heavy unit Number one, based in ‘L' sub-station, West India Docks, Isle oF Dogs. Back row: Mess Manager (name unknown), Lesley Stewart, George Haward and Nobby Clarke. Front: Jim Devlin, Sam - , and Harry - . Out of this crew, four died in the Blitz. Sam was blown up at the beginning when a bomb fell opposite Poplar Baths killing 13 Fireman. It was 18 months before Sam's widow was granted a widow's pension - because no trace of his body could be found and ‘he could have run away'. From J. Devlin