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Brigade Collection

"Brigade: Unyielding Heroes in the Face of Danger" In times of peril, they emerge as beacons of hope

Background imageBrigade Collection: Heroic fireman rescuing girl from fire

Heroic fireman rescuing girl from fire
Heroic fireman rescuing a girl from a fire

Background imageBrigade Collection: Rifleman of 95th (Rifles) Regiment of Foot

Rifleman of 95th (Rifles) Regiment of Foot at the time of the Crimean War. This regiment became the Rifle Brigade which changed to the 3rd Green Jackets (The Rifle Brigade)

Background imageBrigade Collection: The Canadians at Ypres - William Barnes Wollen

The Canadians at Ypres - William Barnes Wollen
The Canadians at Ypres 1915 - This depicts the Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry at Bellewaerde Ridge on 8th May 1915

Background imageBrigade Collection: Heroic fireman rescuing girl from fire

Heroic fireman rescuing girl from fire
Heroic fireman rescuing a girl from a fire. Date: 19th century

Background imageBrigade Collection: LCC-LFB Dockhead fire station, Bermondsey

LCC-LFB Dockhead fire station, Bermondsey
Built by the London County Council (LCC) and opened in 1928, Dockhead fire station replaced two older Bermondsey fire stations that were closed down

Background imageBrigade Collection: Firefighters on a tea break after fire St Katherines Dock

Firefighters on a tea break after fire St Katherines Dock
London firefighters (with cork helmets) and Auxiliary Fire Service firefighters (with tin hats and AFS badges on their tunics)

Background imageBrigade Collection: Battle of the Pyrenees, 1813

Battle of the Pyrenees, 1813. Watercolour by Richard Simkin. The 95th Rifles (now Rifle Brigade) Pyrenees, 1813. Associated with the Peninsular War (1808-1814). Date: 1813

Background imageBrigade Collection: 1st battalion, Scots Guards, 1958

1st battalion, Scots Guards, 1958
Leaving England for Germany: the 1st battalion, Scots Guards, march past Windsor castle en route to the railway station. On Nov

Background imageBrigade Collection: Firefighters and hoses, LFB annual review, Lambeth HQ LFB150

Firefighters and hoses, LFB annual review, Lambeth HQ LFB150
London firefighters from East London demonstrating mass jets during the Annual Review display at the Brigades headquarters. Lambeth, SE1

Background imageBrigade Collection: Firefighters working at scene of pub fire, SE London

Firefighters working at scene of pub fire, SE London
Firefighters working at scene of pub fire, Eltham, SE London

Background imageBrigade Collection: Firefighter during hook ladder practice

Firefighter during hook ladder practice

Background imageBrigade Collection: LCC-LFB fireboat Massey Shaw, Westminster, London

LCC-LFB fireboat Massey Shaw, Westminster, London
A publicity photograph of the Massey Shaw fireboat with the Houses of Parliament in the background, used by the London County Council to promote the London Fire Brigade in its publications

Background imageBrigade Collection: Survivors of the Charge of the Light Brigade, 1890

Survivors of the Charge of the Light Brigade, 1890
Photograph of survivors of the Charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War taken 36 years after the event. The photograph was taken for charitable purposes

Background imageBrigade Collection: Scene of devastation after flying bomb attack, WW2

Scene of devastation after flying bomb attack, WW2
A panoramic daytime scene of devastation following a flying bomb attack in London during the latter stages of the Second World War. Rescue workers look for buried casualties

Background imageBrigade Collection: Firefighters in action, Eagle Street, London WC1

Firefighters in action, Eagle Street, London WC1
Firefighters in action at a fire in Eagle Street, London WC1, 0738 hrs, 9 June 1955. In the initial stages an attempt was made to take a line of hose into the first floor via a loading bay door

Background imageBrigade Collection: Chris Reynolds Victorian fire engine cartoon

Chris Reynolds Victorian fire engine cartoon
Chris Reynolds was a fireman at Paddington fire station and a talented cartoon artist. He produced a series of LFB/MFB cartoons of which this is one

Background imageBrigade Collection: 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade survivors

2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade survivors
" All that is left of them", the survivors of the original 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade which went out to France in 1914 with the original BEF (British Expeditionary Force)

Background imageBrigade Collection: Charge of Light Brigade

Charge of Light Brigade
The charge of the Light Brigade Cardigan in action

Background imageBrigade Collection: Firefighters standing by during the Blitz, London in WWII LFB150

Firefighters standing by during the Blitz, London in WWII LFB150
Firefighters standing by during the Blitz, London -- in the early hours of the morning, after a night of bombing

Background imageBrigade Collection: Bomb damage in Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, WW2

Bomb damage in Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, WW2
Panoramic view of extensive bomb damage in Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, Kent, 14 November 1944, with ambulances ready to remove casualties from the scene

Background imageBrigade Collection: LCC-LFB Tooley Street fire station and its crews

LCC-LFB Tooley Street fire station and its crews
Built in 1879, and located at 165 Tooley Street, this station remained operational until 1928 when the new Dockhead fire station was opened and the engines and crews transferred there

Background imageBrigade Collection: GLC-LFB Dennis diesel Compact Pump

GLC-LFB Dennis diesel Compact Pump
Introduced into London in the mid-1970s, this narrow wheel base pump was not a dual purpose fire engine. It could only carry an extension ladder and not the 50 foot wheeled escape

Background imageBrigade Collection: Bus embedded in house, Blackstock Road, London

Bus embedded in house, Blackstock Road, London
Bus embedded in the front of a house in Blackstock Road, London NW4, on 13 January 1974. The car in the foreground was shunted through a garden wall after being struck by the bus

Background imageBrigade Collection: British Royal Marines arriving in Ostend, Belgium, WW1

British Royal Marines arriving in Ostend, Belgium, WW1
A Brigade of Royal Marines march through Ostend, Belgium, greeted by local residents. The Brigade was made up of Battalions from each of the Royal Marine home divisions, Portsmouth

Background imageBrigade Collection: New Paddington Fire Station, West London

New Paddington Fire Station, West London

Background imageBrigade Collection: Bomb damage and crater, Petherton Road, London, WW2

Bomb damage and crater, Petherton Road, London, WW2
Panoramic view of extensive bomb damage and a crater in Petherton Road, North London, 2 July 1944. A salvage operation took place, pumping out flooded basements

Background imageBrigade Collection: LFCDA-LFB Leyton fire station

LFCDA-LFB Leyton fire station
The fire station at Leyton, located at 90b Church Road, London E10

Background imageBrigade Collection: Croydon Fire Brigade, South Norwood station

Croydon Fire Brigade, South Norwood station
The firefighters of the Croydon Fire Brigade serving at South Norwood station, South Norwood High Street, together with their horse drawn manual fire engine

Background imageBrigade Collection: 11th Hussars at Balaclava, Charge of the Light Brigade

11th Hussars at Balaclava, Charge of the Light Brigade, Crimean War. Date: 1854

Background imageBrigade Collection: WW2 Poster -- Formation Signs

WW2 Poster -- Formation Signs
Formation signs, dated 8 May 1945. Chromolithograph poster, showing various formation signs of infantry and armoured divisions, brigades, groups, including Airborne TPS, GHQ Liaison Regiment

Background imageBrigade Collection: Blitz in London -- St Bride Street, Farringdon Street, WW2

Blitz in London -- St Bride Street, Farringdon Street, WW2
Blitz in London -- St Bride Street and Farringdon Street, with firefighters at work in a smoky atmosphere and pedestrians walking by

Background imageBrigade Collection: Blitz - Fire at Surrey Commercial Docks, Rotherhithe

Blitz - Fire at Surrey Commercial Docks, Rotherhithe
Warehouses ablaze (the left wing of the No.8 warehouse) following the heavy enemy bombing raids on the Surrey Commercial Docks in Rotherhithe

Background imageBrigade Collection: Bomb damage in Kilgour Road, SE London, WW2

Bomb damage in Kilgour Road, SE London, WW2
Panoramic view of bomb damage in Kilgour Road, SE London, 18 November 1944. Rubble and debris can be seen on both sides of the road

Background imageBrigade Collection: Blitz in London -- ambulance at Ladywell, Lewisham, WW2

Blitz in London -- ambulance at Ladywell, Lewisham, WW2
Blitz in London -- an ambulance and rescue workers in the Ladywell area of Lewisham, SE13, where houses were demolished by a parachute bomb, 18 September 1940

Background imageBrigade Collection: Fire at 298 Old Brompton Road, London SW5

Fire at 298 Old Brompton Road, London SW5, 25 February 1956. An escape ladder is extended to the second floor, with Sub Officer Kirby of A9 Fulham carrying a 19-month-old child

Background imageBrigade Collection: Multi service emergency vehicles

Multi service emergency vehicles and their personnel

Background imageBrigade Collection: LFDCA-LFB Dockhead fire station, Bermondsey

LFDCA-LFB Dockhead fire station, Bermondsey
Opened in 1928, Dockhead fire station became the setting for the fictitious Blackwall fire station in the popular television series Londons Burning

Background imageBrigade Collection: LCC-LFB Warehouse fire, Butlers Wharf, Bermondsey

LCC-LFB Warehouse fire, Butlers Wharf, Bermondsey
A major docklands fire at Butlers Wharf, Bermondsey, SE London. It happened during a particularly cold spell for March. The attack on the fire by a large number of firefighters

Background imageBrigade Collection: GLC-LFB Deptford fire station, Evelyn Street, Deptford

GLC-LFB Deptford fire station, Evelyn Street, Deptford
Deptford fire station was one of the last stations built for the London County Councils Metropolitan Fire Brigade and was opened in 1904

Background imageBrigade Collection: GLC-LFB - Dual purpose pump fire engine

GLC-LFB - Dual purpose pump fire engine
The GLC-LFB was created on 1 April 1965. A series of photos was commissioned of each type of fire engine, either within or absorbed into the enlarged London Fire Brigade

Background imageBrigade Collection: LCC-LFB Serious house fire in Notting Hill

LCC-LFB Serious house fire in Notting Hill
Firefighters using the 50 foot wheeled escape ladder to gain access to the upper floors of this terraced house affected by a serious blaze in Notting Hill, West London

Background imageBrigade Collection: GLC-London Fire Brigade, Clerkenwell fire station

GLC-London Fire Brigade, Clerkenwell fire station
Originally built in 1870, Clerkenwell fire station underwent a major rebuild in 1916 and two additional fire engine bays were added

Background imageBrigade Collection: LCC-LFB Dockhead fire station, Bermondsey SE1

LCC-LFB Dockhead fire station, Bermondsey SE1
Opened in 1928, Dockhead fire station was also the fictional fire station Blackwall in the highly acclaimed London Weekend Television series Londons Burning (1998-2002)

Background imageBrigade Collection: London Fire Engine Establishment, list of fire stations

London Fire Engine Establishment, list of fire stations
Formed in 1833, the LFEE took over firefighting in London from the various Insurance Company fire brigades. It had 19 fire stations and its headquarters was located at Watling Street, City of London

Background imageBrigade Collection: LCC-LFB Burdett Road fire station, East London

LCC-LFB Burdett Road fire station, East London
Built by the London County Council (LCC) and opened in 1904, Burdett Road fire station was located at 141 Burdett Road. It closed in 1972 with the opening of the new Poplar fire station

Background imageBrigade Collection: LCC-LFB Shoreditch fire station, Hackney

LCC-LFB Shoreditch fire station, Hackney
Built in 1895, station B27, Shoreditch fire station, was located at 140 Tabernacle Street, near Old Street. The stations pump

Background imageBrigade Collection: Bedford Heavy Unit in the NFS (London Region)

Bedford Heavy Unit in the NFS (London Region)
About 1000 of the pumps were built on a Bedford chassis and most were capable of pumping water at 700 gallons per minute. Here a heavy unit and crew are undertaking hose drills at Lambeth

Background imageBrigade Collection: Blitz in London -- Whitechapel Fire Station

Blitz in London -- Whitechapel Fire Station
Whitechapel Fire Station in Whitechapel Road having suffered heavy blast damage following a bombing raid on 8 September 1940



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"Brigade: Unyielding Heroes in the Face of Danger" In times of peril, they emerge as beacons of hope. The brigade, a symbol of unwavering courage and selflessness, has been at the forefront of countless heroic acts throughout history. From the heart-stopping moments when a brave fireman rescues a young girl from raging flames to the valiant rifleman defending his comrades on treacherous battlefields, their dedication knows no bounds. The image is vividly painted with William Barnes Wollen's masterpiece depicting "The Canadians at Ypres. " In this haunting scene, we witness the indomitable spirit that defines these warriors as they face unimaginable horrors during World War I. Their unity and resilience shine through even amidst chaos and destruction. Closer to home, LCC-LFB Dockhead fire station in Bermondsey stands tall as a testament to the unwavering commitment of firefighters. They tirelessly protect our communities day and night, risking their lives for others' safety. A snapshot captures them taking a well-deserved tea break after extinguishing flames that threatened St Katherines Dock – an oasis amidst devastation. History intertwines seamlessly with bravery as we delve into past conflicts like the Battle of Pyrenees in 1813 or witness bomb damage inflicted upon Brampton Road during World War II. These snapshots remind us not only of their heroism but also serve as poignant reminders of human resilience amid adversity. As time progresses, so does our admiration for these extraordinary individuals who stand united against calamity. Whether it be Lambeth HQ LFB150's annual review showcasing firefighters wielding hoses or capturing firefighters diligently working at the scene of a pub fire in Southeast London - each moment encapsulates their unyielding determination to safeguard lives and property. Even beyond military endeavors, brigades continue to inspire awe; such is evident in an image portraying members from 1st Battalion Scots Guards back in 1958.