Fireman Robert George Harvey of Shanklin Fire Brigade and of J.S. White's Somerton Works Fire Brigade, passed away on 22 February 1947 aged 45.


Fireman Harvey had served a total of 18 years and was formerly co-proprietor of a boot repair service with his friend Mr W.Griffin. During the war he was employed full-time at J.Samuel White's where he was a part of the works fire brigade at Somerton.

In May 1932 he was a member of the Shanklin Fire Brigade team that won the Silver Challenge Cup at the National Fire Brigades Association competition in Romsey. He was also a member of the formidable Shanklin team that carried away all four cups on offer at an Island Fire Brigades Federation drill competition held in the grounds of the Frank James Hospital in August 1934.

He married his bride Miss Elsie White at St Paul's in November the same year; she being conveyed to the church aboard the town's motor fire engine that was resplendent in red and white ribbons. The best man was the bride's cousin Mr A.Spencer. Chief Officer C.C.Matthews and the Shanklin firemen formed a guard of honour when they emerged from the ceremony.

His passing, at his mothers home, 26 Spring Gardens, Shanklin, left Elsie and two young children. The funeral was held at St Paul's Church where the following members of the Somerton Works Fire Brigade formed a guard of honour at the gates; Senior Company Officer Carpenter, Company Officer A.J. Brown, Company Officer P.Tilbury, Section Leader G.H.Ward, Section Leader W.Chick, Leading Fireman J.T.Bourne, with firemen H.Woods, C.Woodmore, W.Peach, E. Leggatt. A.Dawe and C.W.Smith. The coffin was borne by H.Matthews, R.Gregory, E.Carpenter, and W.Kingswell; all former members of the pre-war Shanklin Fire Brigade.

Rest in peace Fireman Harvey.

Shanklin's 1934 cup winning team including Fireman Harvey (unfortunately I can't be sure which fireman he is).