Incident Folder

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 Wednesday 19th March 1941


Historical Data:
Wednesday 19th March 1941. After dark, 479 enemy aircraft attacked London, dropping 470 tons of bombs and the largest number of incendiaries yet used against any British town. Only one previous occasion, October 15th, had London experienced such a scale of attack. The main target was the docks area, but surrounding boroughs were also hit. 631 Londoners were killed and there was severe damage to the docks and surrounding areas. A number of properties were damaged in Islington. Hornsey Road, including the Police Station, Hungerford Road, Liverpool Road, Goodinge Road, Orpingley Road, Hornsey Lane and York Way were hit with the loss of 21 lives, eight in the Police Station. An eye-witness described the scene at the Hornsey Road Police Station. "…At 10.35 pm. On 19th March 1941…the station was hit and completely demolished…A squad of a Pioneer Corps stationed in the School, together with the A.R.P. assisted us in the rescue operations. The Sub Division Inspector (MacAlan Gibson) and a P.C. to whom I had spoken a few minutes earlier were found dead. The P.C. was still sitting at the table where he was employed taking messages...other bodies were recovered but it was the next day before all persons were accounted for...The S.D. Inspector, together with his wife (Sarah Gibson) and daughter (Joyce Unwin) who resided in quarters over the Station were all killed..." (Police-Sergeant Caplen, 'N' Division).