Plumer Street was named after Field Marshal Herbert Charles Onslow Plumer (1857-1932)
Plumer served in the Sudan in 1884 and led the Rhodesian Forces to the relief of Mafeking in 1900. He showed skill and fine tactical leadership of the 2nd Army, British Expeditionary Force from 1915-18, notably at Flanders and in Messines, and was responsible for the assault on Messines Ridge in 1917 where they tunnelled under the ridge and blew it up. He told the officers the night before that “Gentleman, we may not make history tomorrow, but we shall certainly change the geography”. This was the loudest noise ever made by man – Lloyd George is said to have heard it at Downing Street!
Plumer was regarded as a meticulous planner. From 1918-19 he commanded the British Army of Occupation in Germany and then served as Governor of Malta for the next five years. His administrative skills were recognised by further posting as High Commissioner for Palestine, 1925-28. Having been made a Field Marshal in 1919, Plumer was created a Viscount in 1929.