London Fire Brigade
Soho fire station’s commemorative plaque with the appliance reflected in the background. It commemorates the firefighters that attended the Kings Cross fire disaster in 1987, in particular the station office from Soho who gave his life. To this day, a peg in the locker room is purposefully left empty with his name next to it.
The plaque reads:
To commemorate the valiant actions of all fire-fighters who were involved in fire-fighting and rescue operations at the Kings Cross Fire Disaster on 18 November 1987. Station Officer C J Townsley the officer in charge of Red Watch at Soho Fire Station heroically gave his life whilst attempting to rescue a serious injured member of the public.