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Children left homeless by the Silvertown explosion.

Children left homeless by the Silvertown explosion.
The relief effort underway.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H2528
Description: Immediately after the explosion first aid stations were set up in the surrounding streets to deal with the thousands of injuries. Hundreds of ordinary people scoured the rubble searching for survivors and provided shelter for the thousands of homeless people. By the following evening accommodation had been obtained for over 600 people at centres such as churches, boys clubs and the local Seamen's Mission.
Creator: Unknown
Date: 1917
Credit line: Newham Archives and Local Studies Library Collection.
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