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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


Joining the Royal Navy

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Right: George Henry Adams, b1897, photographed on first joining the Royal Navy in 1913. His ship was torpedoed during the First World War and he was in the water for several hours, as a result of which he had bad lungs. With him is Trevor (surname not known) who was brought up by George’s mother. They lived in Croydon Road, Canning Town. George married Emma Jones, and they settled in Macquarie Way E14.