London Fire Brigade

Brigade marks 50th anniversary of Hither Green rail disaster

07 November 2017

On Sunday firefighters from Lee Green blue watch attended a memorial service to mark the 50th anniversary of the Hither Green rail disaster.

40 dead many more injured

On 5 November 1967 the 7:43pm express train travelling from Hastings to Charing Cross came off the rails between Grove Park and Hither Green railway stations at around 9:16pm, killing more than 40 people and injuring many more.

Only the first two of the train’s 12 coaches remained on the rails, one overturned completely and two others jack-knifed onto their side.

Crews worked under floodlights to cut free survivors

Firefighters worked under floodlights and used cutting equipment to free those who were trapped in the wreckage. Among the survivors was the late Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees

One of the firefighters attending that night was Robbie Graham the father of current Greenwich Borough Commander John Graham (pictured front, second left) who was a Sub Officer in charge of an emergency tender.

The memorial service was held at St Mildred's church in Hither Green.