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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
11th December 1941 Dutch government in London declares war on Italy
11th December 1936 King Edward VIII abdicated from the British throne to marry Wallis Simpson.
11th December 1930 Eccentric violinist Leonard Friedman was born in London.
Blood donation founder's house
Founder of blood donation service Percy Lane Oliver lived here.
Location: 5 Colyton Road, London
Description: Percy Lane Oliver (1878-1944), founder of the first voluntary blood donor service, lived and worked here.
He was born at St Ives, Cornwall, the son of parents Edward & Jane Oliver who moved to Peckham in the early 1880s where his father was a schoolmaster.
He was a founder member of the Camberwell Division of the Red Cross, and started the first blood donor panel in 1921. By the outbreak of World War II he had created a blood transfusion network covering the whole of the United Kingdom.