Sub Officer Hector Percy Scott of Newport Fire Brigade, National Fire Service and Isle of Wight County Fire Brigade passed away 16 February 1965 aged 53.
Hector, born on 22 August 1911, of 31 Chapel Street, was one of three sons of former Newport Chief Officer S.P. Scott. Hector joined the brigade in 1930 and served under his father until the latter's retirement in 1939 after more than 30 years service.
Hector was a volunteer within the borough brigade until the formation of the National Fire Service in August 1941 when he served as a full-timer through the war rising to Company Officer of the Newport detachment and briefly held the post of Acting Column Officer for the Island's NFS on its creation. Hector held this position for some time and as a result was the Island's senior fireman in charge on the night of 4/5 May 1942, the Cowes Blitz, when by the middle of the night he had the Island's entire fire force at his disposal on both sides of the Medina. The scale of the operation is unimaginable and the stress he must have been under incalculable.
Post-war he remained on the full-time staff and remained in that position as Newport Sub Officer when the County Brigade launched on 2 April 1948. He passed away at the County Hospital, Ryde for reasons unreported. With his wife he was also proprietor of a Chapel Street general store and licensed premises known as The Magnet.
Rest in peace Sub Officer Scott.