This plaque commemorating Sir Thomas Peirson Frank reads: Sir Thomas Peirson Frank, 1881 – 1951, Chief Engineer For London County Council; 1930 – 1946; Saved London From Drowning During the Blitz; City of Westminster – Institution Of Civil Engineers”
Sir Thomas set up and supervised a fast-response team which mended breaches in the Thames wall during the Second World War, and so prevented flooding due to bomb damage.
London, UK, images; museums, galleries, attractions; admission, tickets; viewing Buckingham Palace, State Rooms, tour
“Ticket prices in Pound Sterling: Adult £20, Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £18.80, Under 17/Disabled £11.80, Under 5 Free, Family (2 adults, 3 under 17s) £52.80, Official Souvenir Guidebook £4.95” (from a public information point outside Buckingham Palace)
London, UK, images; history; museums and galleries; gardens; the naval guns displayed in the gardens of the Imperial War Museum, London
[The 15-inch gun used in Royal Navy battleships] “was developed in 1912 for the new Queen Elizabeth class battleships and became the main armament in 22 ships. Each example weighs 100 tons (102 tonnes) and, at maximum range, could fire a 1,938lb (876kg) shell a distance of 16 1/4 miles (29kms). The guns were installed in front of the Imperial War Museum London in 1968.
[This gun] “was mounted in HMS Ramilles in 1916. It first saw action in 1920 during the Greco-Turkish War. Later, the gun was used against Italian land forces and warships in August and November 1940. It was removed from HMS Ramilles in 1941.” (from a public information point at the Imperial War Museum)
London, UK, images; museums, galleries; parks and gardens; history; British 15-inch naval guns on display in the Imperial War Museum Gardens; “In 1914, the 15-inch gun was the newest, largest and most powerful of the big guns used in Royal Navy battleships…”
This gun “was mounted in HMS Resolution between 1915 and 1938 and also saw service during the Greco-Turkish War. The gun was remounted in HMS Roberts, an important unit in the naval forces assembled for the invasion of the Normandy in June 1944. On D-Day, Roberts bombarded Houlgate Battery, on the eastern edge of the Allied landing area. During the campaign, she shelled enemy positions around Caen. On 1 November 1944, Roberts supported the assault on the Dutch island of Walcheren, engaging a German battery near Westkapelle. The gun was removed in 1945.” (Information from a public information point at the Imperial War Museum)
The BBC’s “Make it Digital” tour is in London this weekend; a major UK-wide programme enabling people to learn more about the digital world & coding; Venue: Outside Lewisham Shopping Centre, 196 Lewisham High Street, SE13 6JZ; 12th & 13th September 2015; free event, suitable for the whole family