Osborne House Fire Station (as it appears today).

Fireman William Gilbert Knight of Osborne House Fire Brigade, passed away on 9 April 1938 aged 58.


William was a native of Bromley in Kent or Droxford in Hampshire (depending which report you rely on), who lived at 'Ambrose' in Grange Road, East Cowes where he moved to 15 years before his passing.

Prior to that he attested to the army in 1896, serving in the Royal Garrison Artillery in India, achieving Sergeant in 1913. A year later he was back on home soil and married Minnie in Portsmouth two months before the outbreak of the First World War through which he served the entirety.

After his military service was completed he took up ground work and was employed on the Osborne Estate as park-keeper where he found comradely spirit in membership of the private fire brigade which became the only private brigade to be active members of the Isle of Wight Fire Brigades Federation.

He was also an active member of the British Legion and the Prince of Wales' lodge of the RAOB.

He passed away at Frank James Hospital leaving his wife, two daughters and a son. Four days later at his funeral his fellow Osborne firemen Atkins, Purnell, Johnson and Foss bore the coffin and Bugler Tutton of the Legion sounded the Last Post and Reveille at the graveside. A mass of people attended including the officers and men of the Isle of Wight Fire Brigades Federation.

Rest in peace Fireman Knight.