IWFBF gathering at Newport in 1897; Fireman Carpenter is in this group.

Fireman Arthur John Carpenter of Shanklin Fire Brigade passed away at home, 21 Carter Avenue, Shanklin, on 3 March 1947 aged 91.

Alfred was a well known master builder who served in France during the First World War with the St John Ambulance Brigade, the County Press remarked on his departure to 'somewhere in France' on 4 May 1915.

His name first appeared in connection with the fire brigade when participating in an Isle of Wight Fire Brigades Federation drill competition and display at Shanklin's County Ground in August 1895 and again at the same competition held in Newport in September 1897 where he was present in Shanklin's two-man and three-man drill teams.

When controversy concerning the imposition of a new rule book by Shanklin District Council ruffled feathers in 1902 he was one of eight of the veteran firemen to formally lodge their discontent but in a more enjoyable atmosphere later the same year he was in the Shanklin brigade cricket team that whacked Ventnor Fire Brigade by 85 runs to 26 (in which Ventnor had two innings to Shanklin's one) which was the last game of the season played at Steephill on 27 September.

In September 1906 when the IWFBF competition returned to Newport he represented Shanklin in the three-man-drills and also in the team for the coveted Battenburg Cup (offficer and four-men) in which they came third (prize £1 5s) behind Cowes in second and the winners from Ventnor.

Given the numerous entries regarding him found in research he was clearly a leading member of the brigade and although never promoted was a seasoned and reliable fireman and evidently skilled in the methods of life saving both at home and on the front.

Arthur's service inspired his son Arthur George Carpenter to follow in his footsteps, but sadly his son passed away in his 40's in 1933, fourteen years before his father. However his son, Eric, Arthur John's grandson, maintained the family tradition joining Shanklin Fire Brigade in the same year his father died and serving for 37 years until compelled to retire when reaching the upper age limit in 1970. 

Rest in peace Fireman Carpenter.