Hints from the Health Department. Leaflet from the archive of the Society of Medical Officers of Health. Credit: Wellcome Collection, London
[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for East Ham]
DEATHS DUE TO ENEMY ACTION.
The number of deaths recorded in the borough during the
war was 523 (residents and non-residents).
Of this number, 75 were non-residents, leaving a itotal of 448.
It must be appreciated, however, that this figure (448) does
not represent the actual number of residents whose deaths resulted
from enemy action. A number of those injured in incidents in
the area, subsequently died in institutions outside the area, and
are not included in the above figures. In addition, others were
killed outside the area, and must be added to the total.
The actual number of civilians belonging to East Ham whose
deaths were due to enemy action, was 567. Statistics relating
to this total are set out in tabular form as attached.
The first civilian death due to war operations, occurred outside
the borough, a member of the Merchant Navy who died on
14/7/40, in an institution at Dover.
The first death in East Ham occurred on 31/8/40 at Milton
Avenue, and the last was at Boundary Road on 16/3/45.
SUMMARY OF DEATHS DUE TO ENEMY ACTION.
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