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Tube disaster survivor remembers civilian war dead

PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:13 05 October 2010

Survivor Alf Morris

Survivor Alf Morris

SURVIVOR of the Bethnal Green Tube Disaster Alf Morris hung a wreath in memory of those who died at the station ahead of Remembrance Sunday. Britain s worst civilian disaster during the Second World War saw 173 people including 43 children crushed to de

SURVIVOR of the Bethnal Green Tube Disaster Alf Morris hung a wreath in memory of those who died at the station ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

Britain's worst civilian disaster during the Second World War saw 173 people including 43 children crushed to death on March 3, 1943.

After an anti-aircraft battery sounded a few hundred yards away in Victoria Park the crowd surged forward into the station which was used as an air raid shelter.

Alf, who was 13 years-old when a uniformed lady plucked him to safety, also collected money for a memorial to the disaster. He raised £80 at Bethnal Green Station after hanging his wreath last Saturday.

Meanwhile a fair with tombola and bric-a-brac at funereal director English and Son on Bethnal Green Road raised £1,161 for the Stairway to Heaven fund for the memorial.


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