On 19 January 1917 the biggest explosion ever to have taken place in London destroyed a large area of Silvertown in the East End. The resulting shock wave was felt across the city and the county of Essex. The huge explosion was heard as far away as Southampton on the south coast and Norwich in East Anglia. In the crowded suburbs of Silvertown 73 people died and many more were injured.
|Soldiers from the Essex Regiment and police outside a ruined building. © NMM|