Fireman Harold James Harvey

Harold James Harvey passed away 16 August 1950 aged 52.

Harold has proved quite difficult to research and I've been unable to ascertain which fire brigade or station he served with. What is known is that he was a highly active chap as he was a member of the I.W. Rifles Comrades Association (so presumably served with the Rifles at some point; there is a 'Harold Harvey' listed with the Rifles in Gareth Sprack's book on the unit), the St John Ambulance Brigade and the British Red Cross (Voluntary Aid Detachment) in addition to his firefighting duties.

He was born in 1898 and the 1901 census shows him living at 25 Trafalgar Road, Newport with his parents James (a painter), mother Sarah and six elder siblings. By the next census the family had moved to 32 Ash Road. He married Lilian May Saunders at St Mary's in Carisbrooke in September 1923; I have found no record of any children.

He was certainly well thought of as his funeral service of a few days later was a well attended affair at St Thomas's in Newport where the British Legion and St John's standards were present and its members formed a guard of honour. His coffin was then escorted by the massed cortege to Carisbrooke cemetery where Mr R.J. Daltrey played the Last Post and two minutes silence were observed before he sounded the Reveille. Members of St John's then filed past the grave and saluted while the Legion distributed poppies. Officers and firemen of the IW County Fire Brigade then placed floral tributes at the graveside. No matter which pre-war Brigade or post-war station he served at, Harold clearly did his service to the country and county on several fronts.

Rest in peace Fireman Harvey.