'Postcard' People

The following people are connected with East End History -  they also feature on Picture Postcards from the 'Golden Age' 
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General Booth

Founder of the Salvation Army
b. April 10th 1829, d. August 20th, 1912
Came to London in 1849 to look for work to support his widowed mother. Walking the streets of  East London, he was horrified by the heart-rendering scenes of poverty and made a crusade to relieve the suffering of the poor. The Salvation Army name was adopted in 1878, and went on to have over 16,000 evangelist in over 100 countries. A bust was erected in 1927 to his memory. It still stands today, near the site of the Vine Tavern where he first took up his 'calling' on Sunday, July 2nd, 1865 
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John Burns

b. Battersea 1858, died 1943
Born into poverty. A skilled engineer, Burns was known as the Man with the Red Flag, he was by far the best known Socialist at the time of the 1899 Dock strike. He went on to be a Liberal Cabinet Minister.


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Will Crooks

Born into poverty in Poplar, he was another great champion of the poor at the turn of the century.
Became MP for Woolwich in 1903


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Arnold F Hills

President of the Thames Ironworks
Builder of the H M S Thunderer

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George Lansbury
Champion of the poor in Poplar.
MP for Bow & Bromley 1910-12, when he resigned over his support of  the Suffragette movement. Became mayor in 1919
Member of  Poplar Borough Council arrested during the Poplar councillor's refusal to levy the unfair LCC rate. 

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John Scurr MP

Labour MP defeated 1931 by Unionist
Mayor of Poplar 1922-23, elected representative of London County Council for Mile End 1931
Housing development named after him near entrance to Rotherhithe Tunnel - recently   privatised and redeveloped. 

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Cavell_statue.jpg Edith Cavell

Edith Cavell became one of the famous names in the long history of the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel when she was shot dead by a German firing squad just after dawn on October 12th 1915.

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