75 Burmester Road

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Lance Corporal Edward Benning (killed 9th August 1915, name on the Menin Gate, Ypres) lived at Number 75 Burmester Road. According to the 1911 census, his father was a pastry cook/confectioner and his sister a baker so maybe they ran a shop on the corner where KwikFit now is. Edward though was already a soldier in the army and home on leave at that time. Today however there is no Number 75 Burmester Road – the street ends abruptly at Number 73. On Sept 12th 1940 a bomb destroyed this corner where Burmester Road meets Garratt Lane. Thankfully the Benning family had long since relocated to Peckham. It looks to me from this photo as if, Number 75 (roughly where that silver car is) took a direct hit.

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