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The text below gives a summary of the conflict (i.e. war), event or incident that resulted in deaths in the Borough or abroad. On the right are listed the individual events and incidents, such as battles or air raids. For each conflict the total number of casualties are given, whereas for each event or incident the names of those who died are listed in alphabetical order.

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Details for: Air raids on Sunday 29th December 1940


Historical Data:
Sunday 29th December 1940. London was severely hit this night, causing major destruction to the City of London and the surrounding area. A firestorm swept much of the west side of the City between Old Street and the Thames. St. Paul's Cathedral escaped damage but much of the surrounding district was burnt out in a firestorm. Known as the Second Great Fire of London, this night saw the destruction of landmarks such as eight Wren churches, including St. Bride's Church, the Guildhall, and numerous other historic building. The destruction of the Wood Street telephone exchange building, a modern complex at the time, dealt the worst blow of the war on the telecommunications system. 163 people were killed throughout London, many in areas away from the City, which is poorly populated at weekends. A number of properties were damaged in Islington. City Road and Goswell Road were hit with the loss of 13 lives.