L.N.E.R. train explosion

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Reference WMO255992

Address:

Soham Village College

Sand Street

Soham

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: A rectangular stone tablet, unveiled on 1st June 1947 by the Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely, it has incised in lower case lettering painted red, with capitals gilded :-
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This tablet commemorates the heroic action of // fireman J.W.Nightall G.C. who gave his life & // Driver B.Gimbert G.C. who was badly injured // whilst detaching a blazing wagon from an //ammunition train at Soham Station at 1:43 am // June 2nd 1944. The station was totally destroyed // & considerable damage was done by the explosion // The devotion to duty of these brave men saved // the town of Soham from grave destruction // Signalman Bridges was killed whilst on duty & // Guard H.Clarke suffered from shock // "Be strong and quit yourselves like men"

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