Chief Officer Henry Frederick Jolliffe of Ryde Fire Brigade passed away this day 1937 aged 71, six months short of the 50 years of continuous service he so wished to complete (pictured above seated in the peaked cap).
Jolliffe, a carpenter by trade, married twice, his first wife dying young. His service with the brigade is reported in a series of admiring reports, none more so than when he comfortably won the national one-man drill at a UK-wide fire brigades competition in Brighton.
In his time he witnessed the brigade evolve from using a manually operated pump cart to a steam fire-engine and finally the town's first motorised appliance in 1925. His part in the brigade's modernisation was remarkable.
He died at his home Glen Rosa, St John's Road, Ryde. His funeral at All Saints was massively attended by friends and fellow fire-fighters from across the Island.
Rest in peace Chief Officer Jolliffe.