Fireman William Gough of Ryde Fire Brigade passed away at home, Lulworth Lodge, John Street, Ryde, on 27 February 1943 aged 80.


William remained one of the few four-in-hand coach drivers up until his final public duty aged 75 in the 1938 Ryde Carnival and was for many years the driver of Ryde's horse drawn fire engine. After serving in WW1 with the Army Service Corps his son Charles Gwydyn Gough followed William in to the brigade, and like his father was a driver before serving for a long time as Ryde's fourth officer and briefly as temporary deputy chief officer in 1936.

By the time of William's passing Charles had been promoted within the National Fire Service to take up the post of Company Officer for Fareham and Portchester.

William's funeral was held at All Saints Church three days after his death.

Rest in peace Fireman Gough.