Messenger Robert William Attrill of the Shanklin Company, National Fire Service, Fire Force 14d was killed by enemy bombing on 3 January 1943 aged just 16 years.


Robert was the eldest child of William Henry Attrill and his second wife Eunice (nee Eccleshall) of 25 Wilton Park Road, Shanklin. 

His father had served in the Hampshire Regiment and later the Royal Engineers, seeing action both in the Second Boer War and First World War rising to the rank of Company Sergeant Major.

Little is known of Robert's young life with the tragic exception of his death which occurred at the requisitioned Gloster Hotel, temporary headquarters of Shanklin's NFS, on Landguard Road on 3 January 1943. The building took a direct hit from a 500kg high explosive bomb during a four-aircraft tip and run attack.

Rest in peace Messenger Attrill.