Bethnal Green Tube Disaster remembered by survivor
A survivor of the 1943 Bethnal Green Tube Disaster in which 173 people died and over 90 were injured, visited the underground station on Saturday (November 13) to pay his respects.
Alf Morris, 79, of Hornchurch, laid a wreath on the railings outside the station to mark the worst civilian disaster in the UK during the Second World War.
He timed his visit to coincide with the Remembrance Day weekend and collected money for the Stairway to Heaven Memorial Trust, of which he is the chairman.
Mr Morris, who was 13 at the time, was pulled from a crush inside the stairwell by an air raid warden called Maude Chumbley.
He visited her grave this year after being put in touch with her granddaughter.
You may also want to watch:
Mr Morris said: “I’ve half-completed my quest to honour those people and my life will be complete when I get this memorial up.
“It was a terrible thing and unless you were there you can’t describe it.”
- 1 Luxury Canary Wharf flats going for lower rent set by the council
- 2 Driver, 18, wanted for driving wrong way through Blackwall Tunnel
- 3 Liverpool Street to Shenfield line suspended as person hit by train
- 4 Fines totalling £361k handed to East End landlords and agents
- 5 Building new tower block starts on Limehouse Triangle 'wildlife site'
- 6 Capacity at West Ham's London stadium to increase to 62,500
- 7 Isle of Dogs man who murdered teenager at Crossharbour DLR sentenced to 27 years
- 8 14 charged with alleged drug dealing and money laundering offences
- 9 19 arrested and cash seized in East End dawn drug raids
- 10 'Save our planet' plea from children to Cop26 world leaders