On 15/09/1941 39 High explosive bombs landed on Bermondsey. 11 did not explode.
The people killed that night in Guinness Buildings Pages Walk are listed as:
Eliza Annie BARKER (86) No 320
Frederick (28), Florence (22), Frederick (3), David (18m) CLOWSEY No 331
Henry Charles EMBERSON (19). No 334 He left the shelter to make tea and never returned. George PERKINS (80) No 322, Florence Maud ST CLARE (38) No 323, Thomas YOUNG (79) No 66.
William John (38) Mary Ann (34), William John (5), Julia (4m), GILL No 330. William John (5) died a couple of months later.
Sadly, two other children, Thomas H 1939 and Mary E 1938 (death registered as Marie) also died that night.
Having lived in Guinness’s Buildings, Pages Walk, in flat 366, Q Block, the one nearest to Swan Mead, from 1942 till about 1962, and looking at the names especially Henry Charles Emberson has made me wonder if he was related to Peter Emberson one of my mates who I went to Webb Street School with and played with in Guinness Buildings. Peter lived on the ground floor of Q Block with is mum and I think it was a sister.??
Sad to think that some of those people in the photo could be some of the victims of the bombing