George A. Roberts, FWW Black Soldier, Plaque 11 September

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George A. Roberts in AFS Uniform – thanks to Stephen Bourne

Southwark Heritage Association Blue Plaque for George A. Roberts

One of the first black men to join the British military and fight in WW1 will be honoured with the unveiling of a blue plaque on September 11.

George A. Roberts lived at a few different Southwark addresses with his wife Margaret, but they settled in the Lewis Trust Dwellings in Warner Road, Camberwell – where the blue plaque will erected.

The 6’2” hero earned a reputation in the World War One for throwing bombs back over enemy lines. He then saved countless lives in Southwark as a fireman living in Camberwell during the Blitz, earning himself a British Empire Medal and founding the local branch of the British Legion.

In 1931 George was a founder member of the League of Coloured Peoples.

George, who died in January 1970, won last year’s annual blue plaque ballot. George was nominated by local historian Stephen Bourne after he had researched his life and career.

The ceremony will begin at 11:30am at Block C, the Samuel Lewis Trust Building, Warner Road, Camberwell on Sunday 11th September.

In attendance will be the high commissioner for Trinidad and Tobago, MPs Neil Coyle and Helen Hayes, Stephen Bourne and the chairman and deputy chief officers of the London Fire Brigade.

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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