The reports of the Chief Police Officer were extremely revealing, detailing the names of those killed or injured on PLA land, including PLA staff. These devastated grain silos give a sense of the scale of the destruction. The Bulk Grain Department of the PLA was amongst the hardest hit, as four of those killed and 19 of those injured came from this department.
The sense of chaos in the aftermath became clear – the original toll of seven PLA staff was quoted, but only six were named in the committee reports. Henry Picton, a 46 year old labourer in the Bulk Grain Department, listed as having died in Poplar Hospital, in fact recovered. The sheer size of the PLA site, the destruction of some staff records, and the fact that the wounded were taken to a number of hospitals and first aid stations across East London made it difficult to keep track of the casualties. Sadly the confusion meant the family of one PLA employee had to wait days before discovering his death:
"The body of Thomas Crickmar (67), employed the Port of London Authority, was identified by his married daughter, Theresa [Thirza] Gilham, who said he worked on a floating vessel, and was not expected to be home till Saturday. He did not come, and enquiries were made on Sunday, when it was found he was dead in hospital. Dr. Dora Coleborough, London Hospital, said there was a small piece of iron in an abdominal wound, his skull was fractured, and the track of a piece of projectile was found."
(Taken from the Birmingham Daily Post, Tuesday 23 January 1917.)
Henry George Ledbury, Cashier, was killed outright in the
Bulk Grain office and the remains of his assistant, Harold Forster, 21, fourth
class clerk were recovered on the morning of the 20th January from the ruins of
the shed in which he had taken refuge.