Dr. Alfred Salter and his wife Ada lived on this street, at No. 5. They were very well loved and respected in this largely working class community: Salter was a local Independent Labour Party supporter and doctor who worked tirelessly to help…

After conscription, in 1916, the Police and the Military would often make raids on pubs or clubs with the hope of catching men, who were eligible for military service but who were trying to escape their obligations. One such raid happened here - at…

At the outbreak of the war, No.35 Emerson Street was home to Samuel John Turner, his wife Elsie Ida Turner, and their one year old daughter, also called Elsie. Samuel was a chemist's assistant, 5ft 7inches tall and 125 pounds, with brown marks on…

Annie Mary Howell's family moved to Crosby Row when she was little and she attended Laxton Street School in Long Lane as a girl. She was a bit of a tomboy, and spent most of her time outisde, running around the streets of Bermondsey. One particular…

Stephen Spiers, a train driver in the South African mines who had lived in Durban and served in the Bechuanaland Mounted Infantry in the Boer War, sold all his household goods to come over to London with his family and enlist in 1915. His service…

Gunner Percy Jackson joined up with 182 (Camberwell) Brigade Royal Field Artillery in March 1915, giving his mother's address in Lower Marsh. Four days later he deserted. He was never apprehended by the military authorities. Shortly after that,…