One of the first black firefighters to serve with London Fire Brigade has been commemorated with a plaque unveiled at his former station.

George Arthur Roberts BEM (1890-1970) served at New Cross Fire Station for the duration of the Second World War and was awarded a British Empire Medal for his service.

Born on the Caribbean island of Trinidad, he was a First World War soldier who fought at the Battle of the Somme and was awarded a medal for his bravery.

He went on to become a leading fireman for the London Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) and started his service at New Cross Fire Station in 1939.

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