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Author Topic: Gillingham Park Fire Tragedy - 1929  (Read 18312 times)

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Offline grandarog

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Re: Gillingham Park Fire Tragedy - 1929
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2010, 08:09:08 »
Tommorrow Sunday is the actual Anniversary Date.Wonder if there will be a special service or remembrance event to mark the tragedy.


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Re: Gillingham Park Fire Tragedy - 1929
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2010, 16:23:09 »
How terrible!  I have never heard of this so thanks for starting the thread.
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Re: Gillingham Park Fire Tragedy - 1929
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2010, 07:53:15 »
cannot find the video (may well be mistaken on origin of said video) but found this and KHF gets a mention!

http://www.alanwcollins.co.uk/2010/03/03/gillingham-park-fete-the-real-tragedy.html

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Re: Gillingham Park Fire Tragedy - 1929
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2010, 16:18:54 »
http://www.historicmedway.co.uk/disasters/firemans_wedding.htm has some more information on this tragedy, I have seen cinefilm footage of the funeral procession somewhere on the net, if I can find it I will post the link

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Re: Gillingham Park Fire Tragedy - 1929
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2010, 15:15:43 »

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Re: Gillingham Park Fire Tragedy - 1929
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2010, 14:14:25 »
That's horrific!  I'd never heard of the incident before.
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Gillingham Park Fire Tragedy - 1929
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2010, 13:31:12 »
July 11, 1929

A demonstration had been arranged by the Gillingham Fire Brigade as part of the final event of the annual fete held in Gillingham Park. Money raised from the fete went to local charities, this year money was to go to St. Bartholomew's Hospital, Rochester.

A dummy house had been erected in the park for the purpose of a life saving display by the Fire Brigade. Boys aged between 10 to 14 years, who were a mix of Naval Cadets, Sea Scouts and Boy Scouts were also involved. Unfortunatly, tragedy struck and the dummy house caught fire too soon. It quickly turned into an inferno, and the men and boys became trapped inside. Nine of the Boys, and six men died in the tragedy. Onlookers at the fete were at first unaware something had gone wrong, but soon they realised the display had gone terribly wrong, and they could only watch and listen to the cries of the poor souls trapped in the fire. Some of the women watching fainted and much of the crowd were in tears.


 

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