Ryde Fire Brigade, circa 1908; Fireman Pocock is almost certainly in this image.

Fireman George Pocock of Ryde Fire Brigade passed away on 1 June 1957 aged 77.


George was raised at 21 Green Street by his parents Edward and Emily with elder brother Edward Jnr., and younger siblings Harold, Charles and Maria. By trade he was a plumber and in his spare time he was a highly rated footballer of Ryde F.C.

He was already a young member of the brigade at the turn of the previous century and in 1903 was among a Ryde contingent that attended the International Fire Exhibition at Earl's Court. Prior to the exhibition the organisers, the British Fire Prevention Committee, wrote to all brigade chiefs nationwide asking them to commit two of their best men for drill competitions. Captain Sapsworth sent George Pocock and his friend Fireman Arthur Buckland and so great were their displays that the BFPC asked that they remain for the duration of the exhibitions, which they did, participating in steam fire-engine drills long before any Island brigades possessed one.

The County Press article that chartered their exploits claimed "They are said to be so smart that they win eight out of ten competitions every day". As a result dozens of Ryde residents made the trip to Earls Court during the exhibition to witness their local firemen in action.

George later married Hettie Wheeler of Binstead in 1907 and they had three sons and a daughter. Hettie passed away in 1940. George passed away at the County Hospital, his last home address being 113 Arthur Street. The funeral service was officiated by Rev H. Wilde at the Parish Church five days later and his body was taken and placed in the family plot at Binstead cemetery.

Rest in peace Fireman Pocock.