Fireman Edward Francis Harris was killed by enemy aerial bombardment on 3 January 1943 aged 48.

 

Edward was born in Burma in 1896 and in the 1901 census he's listed living with nine others at the home of his mothers parents George and Sarah Carr in Sutton, Surrey. His birthplace suggests his father Edward Charles was serving in the forces and that his wife was with him wherever he was stationed. 

By the census of 1911 the family are reunited, living at 2 Seymour Villas, Hatherton Road, Shanklin, where his father earned a living as a blacksmith. By this time Edward Francis was 16 and working in motor repairs.

Little is known of his life from there on but at some stage he volunteered to join the National Fire Service and happened to be in the requisitioned Gloster Hotel, the temporary headquarters of the Shanklin Company of the National Fire Service, when the building took a direct hit from a 500kg high explosive bomb. 

Edward was one of twelve NFS members killed instantly by the blast.

Rest in peace Fireman Harris.