War memorial project traces families from Hackney estate bombed in WW2

The family of the victims at a ceremony in memory of the victims / Photo credit: Brian Longman

A war memorial project is searching for the original occupants of the Hindle House Estate which was bombed during World War 2.

The bombing of the Hackney estate on the 18th September 1940 claimed the lives of seven residents, including members of three generations in one family.

The Hindle House War Memorial Project is a local initiative commemorating those killed in the bombing, as well as 17 other residents who died on active service.

The project has already replaced a war memorial that went missing in 1995, and has overseen the erection of a new plaque to specifically commemorate lives lost in the 1940 bombing. A rededication ceremony was also held on the 75th anniversary of the bombing in 2015.

Project organiser, Brian Longman, has appealed for new information to help trace the victim’s families.

He said: “The Hindle House Estate was built around 1938, and we’d like to hear from the original occupants of the estate, as they would probably remember the bombing of the flats.

“A few families did come to the rededication ceremony. However, there are 24 names on the plaque, and we’ve only tracked down four or five of these people’s families.”

The project has managed to trace one family all the way to Israel.

Mr Longman said: “The family had no idea about all of their history, so we relayed all of that information to them. That was one of the most satisfying family’s we have contacted.”

If you have any information on the families of the Hindle House Estate during the Blitz or the servicemen who lived there, you can get in touch via the project’s website.