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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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Cahir Street

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Island History Trust Image Collection


1937, outside No.47 Cahir Street, Albert Moull Parker (Dick) aged 15, and his brother, William Moull Parker, aged 7. (Moull was their mother’s maiden name). Dick was apprenticed to East Ferry Road Engineering works,, moved to Green Siley Weir, joined the Royal Navy with HMS Pretoria Castle, a liner converted to an aircraft carrier. He became a Chief Petty Officer. In 1947 he joined the London Fire Brigade, stationed eventually at Shoreditch, so the family left their prefab in Westferry Road and moved to a flat above Shadwell Fire Station. Dick became diabetic after five years and they moved again, to Dagenham. Dick was the father of Gwendoline, who was killed by a lorry in 1945. William (Bill) joined the RAF at the end of the war; later he became a carpenter and finally, a teacher. Donated by Brenda Pringle