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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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Island History Trust Image Collection


Captain Harold William Kimberley, Warden of the Isle of Dogs Dockland Settlement 1923 to 1950. In October 1916 Captain Harold William Kimberley was badly wounded in the leg whilst leading a raid on a German trench at St.Vaast. He was fitted with an artificial leg and later returned to light duties, but was discharged in October 1919 as unfit. In 1921 he was awarded the Military MBE for bravery under fire. In 1920 he enrolled at RADA but did not complete the full course. By 1923 he was working in the first Dockland Settlement in Canning Town. Whilst there he discovered that “The Welcome” on the Isle of Dogs was up for sale. This former centre for factory girls then became Dockland Settlement No.2, with “Kim” as Warden, where he remained until 1950, when he became Warden of all the Settlements. His health was never very good, but he was always remembered as active and hard-working, his artificial leg no hindrance to a full programme. Kim died at Poplar Hospital in 1953. Photo from Fiona Dady’s Collection.