Captain Nicholas Henry Thomas Mursell of Newport Fire Brigade passed away on 10 April 1942 aged 80.

 

In eulogy the County Press remarked; He was widely known in the Island as the former licensee for 54 years of one of Newport's oldest inns, The Castle, at the top of the High Street, as an ex-chief officer of Newport Fire Brigade when it was a volunteer body and as one of the most skillful bowlers in the history of the game in the Wight. Nicholas was one of the 'new' firemen recruited when the brigade was re-established on voluntary lines in February 1893 and took over as Captain on New Years Day 1895.

In 1924 he was responsible, as the Chairman, for the resurrection of the Isle of Wight Fire Brigade Federation drill competitions which had been in abeyance since 1906. He finally retired from the brigade in January 1928.

His contribution to the development of both Newport Fire Brigade and the Isle of Wight Fire Brigades Federation was substantial. His care for his firemen didn't end with their brigade service; when one of his men left for active duty with the Isle of Wight Rifles during the First World War, and lost a leg fighting at Gallipoli, Chief Officer Mursell was the first to arrange for assistance to his family and for gifts and necessities to be sent to the wounded soldier while he recovered at a military hospital in the Midlands.

A year before his death, due to decreasing health, he gave up his more than half-century landlordship of The Castle and went to live with his son in Branksome, Bournemouth, where he passed away.

Rest in peace Chief Officer Mursell.