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Heroic merchant navy captain who was oldest recipient of Victoria Cross in WWI is commemorated in former home of Islington
A heroic merchant navy captain who was the oldest person to be awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery during World War One has been commemorated in his former home of Islington.
Frederick Daniel Parslow was honoured in a ceremony in north London today exactly 100 years after his death in 1915.
The former Mercantile Marine master was killed in the Atlantic south-west of Queenstown, Ireland on July 4, 1915.
But before he was tragically killed, the 59-year-old seafarer saved his ship, the SS Anglo-Californian, from a German U-boat.
At times during the battle, the submarine came close enough for the Germans to fire rifles at the ship.
But Master Parslow managed to weave his ship back and forth across the North Atlantic, avoiding fire from the submarine.
He retreated to a bridge while his crew escaped but was killed by an enemy shell.
His son, also called Frederick, continued the battle to save his ship. Eventually he and the surviving crew, along with its cargo of 927 horses bound for the Western Front, were saved by two armed vessels.
Master Parslow, who was born in Balls Pond Road, was given a nominal rank of Lieutenant in the Navy Reserves so he could be awarded the Victoria Cross after his death.
A plaque was unveiled to honour his life on Islington Green today in an event organised by Islington Council, the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, the Merchant Navy Association and the Royal Navy.
Councillor Gary Poole, said: “Even though 100 years has elapsed since Master Parslow’s incredible act of bravery took place, it is fitting for us to pull out all the stops to remember him on this the 100 anniversary of his death.
“His was just one of countless brave deeds carried out by thousands of young men, many of which went unpraised. The paving stones are a way of cementing their memory for generations to come.”
The council said paving stones commemorating four more men from Islington who were awarded the Victoria Cross during the Great War would be unveiled over the next few years until 2018.
Driver arrested after car struck by lightning in freak electrical storm accident in south-east London
A driver had a lucky escape when a lightning bolt struck his car and launched it into the air during last night's electrical storm.
The vehicle flipped onto its side and ploughed into a row of parked cars in the freak accident in Plumstead, south-east London.
Witnesses said the car was "smoking" after the bolt struck at about 11.30pm during the storm which lit up London's skyline yesterday.
Tyrone Hill, 23, a musician who records under the name Kid Bookie, was out in the street in Burrage Road watching the thunderstorm at the time.
"I honestly couldn't believe what I saw," he told the Standard.
"It was right outside my front door; a bolt of lightning strikes this car, it hit the car so much it went into other cars.
"The lightning flipped it into the air, I've never seen anything like it in my life, I just thought 'wow'.
"He definitely had a lucky escape. The car started smoking, we thought he was going to die."
Mr Hill said he and others rushed to the driver's aid, helping him clamber out of the stricken vehicle.
He also offered a pair of socks to the man, who was barefoot having lost his flip-flops in the crash.
The motorist, in his 40s, escaped injury, though he was taken to a south London hospital as a precaution.
He was also arrested on suspicion of drink driving.
"His car was battered, it was battered worse than cod," Mr Hill added.
Police arrived shortly after 11.30pm and closed the road for about three hours.
Burrage Road resident Zoe Saint, 25, told the News Shopper: "When I arrived to the car I saw that it was smoking, other people were running towards to help, the back window had been smashed."
Ms Saint, who helped the man out of the car, added: "I asked the people who were there what they saw as they were also standing outside, they said they saw lightning hit and the car just went up in the air - they just saw the car flip."
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Police were called to reports of a car that had been struck by lightning as it drove in Burrage Road.
"Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and found the car, a silver Renault, on its side in the street.
"The driver of the car - a man believed aged in his 40s - was taken to a south London hospital as a precaution; he was not injured.
"The driver was also arrested on suspicion of drink driving."
Residents warned to keep their windows closed as 100 firefighters battle massive west London warehouse blaze.
More than 100 firefighters are battling a major warehouse fire in Perivale, west London which is pumping black toxic smoke into the sky.
Approximately 30 people fled the building as the blaze took hold in the warehouse on Wadsworth Road, Perivale at around 7pm.
A total of 15 fire engines from seven different stations raced to the scene in an effort to control the blaze, which can be seen from miles around.
Station Manager Jeff Lisle who is at the scene said: 'The fire is producing a lot of smoke and I advise locals to keep windows and doors shut.'
Units from Heston, Northolt, Chiswick, Wembley, Park Royal, Ruislip and Ealing all attended the scene.
Centre Court (13:00 UK start)
|1||S Williams (US)||v||V Williams (US)||16||Women's Singles|
|23||Karlovic (CRO)||v||Murray (GB)||3||Men's Singles|
|20||Bautista Agut (SPA)||v||Federer (SWI)||2||Men's Singles|
No.1 Court (13:00 UK start)
|4||Sharapova (RUS)||v||Diyas (KAZ)||Women's Singles|
|4||Wawrinka (SWI)||v||Goffin (BEL)||16||Men's Singles|
|1||Djokovic (SER)||v||Anderson (SA)||14||Men's Singles|
No.2 Court (11:30 UK start)
|21||Gasquet (FRA)||v||Kyrgios (AUS)||26||Men's Singles|
|5||Wozniacki (DEN)||v||Muguruza (SPA)||20||Women's Singles|
|6||Berdych (CZE)||v||Simon (FRA)||12||Men's Singles|
No.3 Court (11:30 UK start)
|Vandeweghe (US)||v||Safarova (CZE)||6||Women's Singles|
|13||A Radwanska (POL)||v||Jankovic (SER)||28||Women's Singles|
|9||Cilic (CRO)||v||Kudla (US)||Men's Singles|
|Skupski (GB)Konta (GB)||v||Nestor (CAN)Mladenovic (FRA)||8||Mixed Doubles|
Court 4 (11:00 UK start)
|Birrell (AUS)||v||Francati (DEN)||Girls' Singles|
|8||Kolodziejova (CZE)||v||Lapko (BLR)||Girls' Singles|
|Shapovalov (CAN)||v||Hong (KOR)||5||Boys' Singles|
|Molcan (SVK)||v||Lee (KOR)||2||Boys' Singles|
Court 5 (11:00 UK start)
|Minca (ROM)||v||Blinkova (RUS)||12||Girls' Singles|
|Ibbou (ALG)||v||Xu (CHN)||2||Girls' Singles|
|Inglis (AUS)||v||Minnen (BEL)||Girls' Singles|
|Tabilo (CAN)||v||Polmans (AUS)||Boys' Singles|
Court 6 (11:30 UK start)
|1||Hingis (SWI)Mirza (IND)||v||Medina Garrigues(SPA)Parra Santonja (SPA)||16||Women's Doubles|
|8||Peya (AUT)Soares (BRZ)||v||Nestor (CAN)Paes (IND)||11||Men's Doubles|
|Marach (AUT)Savchuk(UKR)||v||Marrero (SPA)Parra Santonja (SPA)||17||Mixed Doubles|
Court 7 (11:00 UK start)
|Burrage (GB)||v||Wargnier (FRA)||Girls' Singles|
|Lumsden (GB)||v||Galfi (HUN)||3||Girls' Singles|
|De Minaur (AUS)||v||Opelka (US)||Boys' Singles|
|6||Barrios Vera (CHI)||v||Moore (GB)||Boys' Singles|
|4||Kalinskaya (RUS)||v||Kuzmova (SVK)||Girls' Singles|
Court 8 (11:30 UK start)
|9||Bopanna (IND)Mergea (ROM)||v||Kubot (POL)Mirnyi (BLR)||Men's Doubles|
|Barthel (GER)Kichenok (UKR)||v||Makarova (RUS)Vesnina (RUS)||2||Women's Doubles|
|7||Hsieh (TPE)Pennetta (ITA)||v||Groenefeld (GER)Vandeweghe (US)||Women's Doubles|
Court 9 (11:00 UK start)
|1||Fritz (US)||v||Clarke (GB)||Boys' Singles|
|7||Paul (US)||v||Hannestad (DEN)||Boys' Singles|
|Blancaneaux (FRA)||v||Mmoh (US)||4||Boys' Singles|
|Reinberg (US)||v||Bonacia (ITA)||Boys' Singles|
|10||Blumberg (US)||v||Karimov (UZB)||Boys' Singles|
Court 11 (11:30 UK start)
|Chan (TPE)Van Uytvanck (BEL)||v||Kops-Jones (US)Spears (US)||5||Women's Doubles|
|10||Herbert (FRA)Mahut (FRA)||v||Matkowski (POL)Zimonjic (SER)||7||Men's Doubles|
Court 12 (11:30 UK start)
|Pospisil (CAN)||v||Troicki (SER)||22||Men's Singles|
|23||Azarenka (BLR)||v||Bencic (SWI)||30||Women's Singles|
|13||Murray (GB)Peers (AUS)||v||Pospisil (CAN)Sock (US)||3||Men's Doubles|
Court 14 (11:00 UK start)
|Blanch (US)||v||Broom (GB)||Boys' Singles|
|1||Vondrousova (CZE)||v||Brogan (GB)||Girls' Singles|
|Arbuthnott (GB)||v||Tjandramulia (AUS)||Girls' Singles|
|Mendez (AUS)||v||Swan (GB)||5||Girls' Singles|
|Gray (GB)||v||Lim (PHI)||Boys' Singles|
Court 15 (11:00 UK start)
|Yuan (CHN)||v||Zavatska (UKR)||Girls' Singles|
|9||Kenin (US)||v||Andreescu (CAN)||Girls' Singles|
|Nagal (IND)||v||Ficovich (ARG)||Boys' Singles|
|Kingsley (US)||v||Aiava (AUS)||Girls' Singles|
|Nur Haliza (INA)||v||Pislak (SLO)||Girls' Singles|
Court 16 (11:30 UK start)
|9||Dellacqua (AUS)Shvedova (KAZ)||v||Knapp (ITA)Vinci (ITA)||Women's Doubles|
|Black (ZIM)Raymond (US)||v||Kudryavtseva (RUS)Pavlyuchenkova(RUS)||11||Women's Doubles|
|3||Mattek-Sands(US)Safarova (CZE)||v||Gajdosova (AUS)Tomljanovic (AUS)||Women's Doubles|
|Marray (GB)Nielsen (DEN)||v||Dodig (CRO)Melo (BRZ)||2||Men's Doubles|
Court 17 (11:30 UK start)
|4||Rojer (NED)Tecau (ROM)||v||Hewitt (AUS)Kokkinakis (AUS)||Men's Doubles|
|14||Krajicek (NED)Strycova (CZE)||v||Babos (HUN)Mladenovic (FRA)||4||Women's Doubles|
|Kyrgios (AUS)Keys (US)||v||Kubot (POL)Hlavackova (CZE)||16||Mixed Doubles|
Court 18 (11:30 UK start)
|Govortsova (BLR)||v||Keys (US)||21||Women's Singles|
|15||Bacsinszky (SWI)||v||Niculescu (ROM)||Women's Singles|
|1||Bryan (US)Bryan (US)||v||Pavic (CRO)Venus (NZ)||Men's Doubles|
Court 19 (11:00 UK start)
|Delaney (AUS)||v||Capalbo (ARG)||Boys' Singles|
|Chow (BRZ)||v||Teichmann (SWI)||Girls' Singles|
|Klein (SVK)||v||Mosciatti (ITA)||Boys' Singles|
|Hurkacz (POL)||v||Durasovic (NOR)||8||Boys' Singles|
To Be Arranged
|Venus (NZ)Olaru (ROM)||v||Kontinen (FIN)Zheng (CHN)||15||Mixed Doubles|
|9||Cabal (COL)Black (ZIM)||v||Hewitt (AUS)Dellacqua (AUS)||Mixed Doubles|
|13||Mergea (ROM)Krajicek (NED)||v||Lindstedt (SWE)Medina Garrigues (SPA)||Mixed Doubles|