Survivors of the Empress of Ireland
Survivors of the Empress of Ireland. 1. Mr Edward Bamford, junior wireless operator on the Empress of Ireland. 2. The Rev J. Wallet, of the United Methodist Church, Westcliff-On-Sea. 3. Mr Rowland Ferguson, Senior wireless operator on the Empress of Ireland. 4. Mr J W Langley, a rancher of Canford, British Coloumbia. 5. Mr Norman Bandmaster on Board the Empress of Ireland. 6. Miss Gracie Hannagan Daughter of Bandmaster Hannagan, of the Salvation Army, Toronto. 7. Mr J D White, seventh engineer on the Empress of Ireland. 8. Mr J Fergus Duncan, of Messrs Kimber, Bull and Duncan Solicitors, 6 old jewry. 9. Mr J Grant, Electrician on Empress of Ireland.
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
Mary Cornish - Heroine - WW2 - Sinking of SS City of Benares
Heroic Deeds of the War - Miss Mary Cornish. During the Second World War the City of Benares was used as an evacuee ship to evacuate 90 children from Britain to Canada. The ship was torpedoed in 1940 by the German submarine U-48 with heavy loss of life, including the death of 77 children. Cornish, an accomplished classical pianist who had volunteered as a children's escort, took charge of 6 of the surviving children and they survived for eight days in an open lifeboat. She was awarded the Medal of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) (OBE). The sinking resulted in the total cancellation of the Children's Overseas Reception Board (CORB) plan to relocate British children abroad. This card was produced by The Overseas League, who organised schools to collect pennies to buy cigarettes for troops overseas - with the delivered cigarettes came a card (of which this one) bearing details of the sender school and a request to 'acknowledge the gift' which will give 'the children a real pleasure'. Date: 1940
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection
LFCDA-LFB Thermal image camera (TIC) in use
A thermal image camera was deployed at this major building collapse in SW London to help in the search for survivors trapped in the debris. The camera gives a thermal image and can detect the areas or outline of heat sources against a cooler background. It could therefore detect the heat from a person's body. It could not however penetrate through the debris and detect people hidden from view by brickwork or other impermeable structures.
© London Fire Brigade / Mary Evans Picture Library