Mayor Henley was killed by enemy action on 11 May 1941 outside the Bermondsey Town Hall in Spa Road. This night was the last real night of the "Night Blitz" of 1940/41
Mayor Alfred Henley was non-stop during the Blitz often sleeping in his office. He would help out where the need was the greatest in those dark days
On 11 May he and his brother had just finished some electrical repairs at the Municipal Offices when they hear that Peak Frean's shelter had been hit. (He lived nearby in Drummond Road). He summoned his chauffeur, Eddie, to take him along to help, but was hit by shrapnel from a bomb in Spa Road. He later died of his wounds in hospital. He was cremated at Honor Oak some days later
Henley Drive just around the corner is named after him and I believe there is a block of flats elsewhere honouring him in the borough
Earlier in the day he had been at a rehearsal of "Journey's End" at Clubland Youth Club which is a play about the First World War Trenches written by a veteran
I'm the great-granddaughter of Albert Henley. WWII is of particular interest to me as there is alot of family history. When Albert Henley died he was not wearing his 'lucky jumper' a waistcoat knitted for him by Gladys Henley, my great-grandmother. 'The city that wouldn't die' by Richard Collier is a great book outlining alot of important people who died in the war. If anyone has more information about Albert Henley I would be grateful to know, as his life and my family history interests me.
Len Henley was sadly killed during the bombing of the town hall.Lens son,also called Len became a councillor on the old Bermondsey borough council and later Southwark council.He was mayor of Southwark for one year late 1970's or early 1980's.